OK After reading the top I will do this correctly or try to at least.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP (2-3 days)
SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming, 3D Modeling, CAD, Movies, Surfing.
PARTS NOT REQ: Mouse, Keyboard
PREFERRED WEBSITE: NewEgg, TigerDirect
PARTS PREFERENCE: I was thinking AMD/ATI Not sure about MOBO, 22-24 Monitor
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 or 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to have a CPU for gaming, I was thinking the Phenom II X4 955, or the i5. I definitely wan't Crossfire or SLI, I'm not sure which brand to go, I was thinking ATI. Would love advice on which cards work well together and are not the baddest MF's on the market but will last a while and hold there on. I would like to get 6-8 gigs of ram. I was thinking of Ballistix Tracer. For my HDD's I wanna set up a RAID0 with around 4 HDD, around 250-500 GB each. I was thinking about getting the Antec 900 2 case. I want something that will have plenty of room, great airflow and Looking pimperish, (LED's). I wanna get a good aftermarket cooler for the CPU (not liquid) Not sure which PS to get either.
Anyway thanks for the help. I will update as needed.
Get the i7 920 from microcenter. It periodically goes on sale for $199 every few months.
The Asus P6t x58 mobo is a good deal at amazon.com for $230. Solid/stable OC'er.
The HAF 932 Case is a great tower for cooling but it's got a small side window and a mesh side where the 200mm fan is mounted that is only partially see through. Still a great case imo. $139 w/ free shipping at tigerdirect.com. I nabbed it for $99 on sale. Grab a few OEM 500GB WD Caviar HD's for 55 bucks a piece and a samsung optical drive for $25 at tigerdirect. I got two HD 5870's for 400 each and I don't regret it at all. One would be plenty of power for awhile. The Nzxt sentry fan controller is 65 bucks and it makes the case look AWESOME. For the monitor I got a Dell 3008wfp for $800 off eBay that was still under warranty. If u don't want to spend too much u can get a pretty decent 26-28" from tigerdirect for around 300. Get the cooler master hyper 212 plus for 30. OCZ 6GB 1600MHz RAM is 150 at amazon. SVC.com has an OCZ 1000w psu for $80. The total comes to around 1700 but I think these products are all well worth the price.
Some people will claim that the i7-920 is the high-end value processor right now...and they're sort of right.
The i5-750 offers similar/slightly better gaming performance than the i7-920, and it's cheaper, the 1156 mobos are somewhat less than the 1366 socket, and you generally go with 4 GB of RAM for them as opposed to 6 GB, saving about $200-300 in the process. What it does not offer is hyperthreading, which is useful to editing software, large number-crunching apps, etc.
The i7-860 is also somewhat cheaper than the i7-920, as it is also on the 1156 socket. It does, however, offer hyperthreading, and from a value standpoint, it's a better application workhorse than the i7-920, and it offers nearly the same gaming performance as the i7-920, I believe.
What neither of the above 1156 socket chips have is a performance improvement in SLI/Crossfire configurations. The i7-920 should be considered for builds above $1500 that are going to do both gaming and intense multi-threaded application stuff, but for most builds below that budget, it's not worth it, and for some builds above it, it makes more sense to go with the 1156 chips.