APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:As soon as possible unless some amazing and reasonably priced new tech. comes out soon.
BUDGET RANGE:I prefer less than $2,000 (after rebates) although that's not absolutely strict. The cheaper the better.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:gaming, general usage
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:I need everything. I have a couple older external hard drives I could use though. I also need to purchase an OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers, microphone, monitor, and webcam, but I won't consider them part of the $2,000. Recommendations are appreciated.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Which ever is cheapest. I prefer getting all parts from one site, but that's not absolutely necessary if the price is significantly less including shipping from several.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:USA(Colorado)
PARTS PREFERENCES: core i7 920 processor (1366 chipset), HAF 932 case or other full/mid case if I like it's features and looks. I don't like the Antec 1200.
OVERCLOCKING:Yes, but I'd be willing to forfeit it to drastically reduce price.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Yes. I would like to be able to upgrade in the future, but I'll probably just get one GPU initially.
MONITOR RESOLUTION:As many pixels as possible. I'm thinking I would like about a 24” monitor, but I'm not set. Thoughts on gaming monitors?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will by my first system build, but I have replaced and added parts to my laptop in the past and have been reading and watching a lot about this on the internet. I prefer the 1366 chipset because I prefer Intel, its (possibly marginal) performance lead over 1156, and upgradeability (I would like to get hexa-core or more in a year or two or three...). I prefer the i7 920 because it is the “best bang for the buck” and I can significantly overclock it. I would like to eventually upgrade to water cooling and more GPUs when necessary. I would like decent sound (5.1 or 7.1) so I may get a sound card if I don't like the onboard quality. USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps and a SSD would be nice, but they may not be worth the price. I can upgrade to a SSD in the future. I would prefer to spend more on an overkill PSU now than buy one that just meets my current requirements and have to buy a better one when I upgrade. I don't care about Blue Ray right now. I can buy a drive in the future if I do.
I am most unsure about the motherboard. There are a lot of similar candidates in the same and different price ranges. I would appreciate a lot of advice on which motherboard to choose. I picked RAM with a CAS latency of 6 which is the fastest I could find and may not be the best choice considering price and performance. I've chosen a 5870 GPU although 2 5770 are a bit cheaper and offer similar performance, but less upgradeability. Thoughts? Below is the current parts list I'm considering. I haven't included an OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers, microphone, monitor, or webcam.