PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, but willing to consider other options
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Willing to consider all options, but AMD/ATI seem to be best value at the moment. Had considered holding out for Zosma, but this THG article makes it look unlikely that it will be an improvement over the current Phenom IIs.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually - one large graphics card should be enough for now, prefer to keep the option open, even though it's likely I'll just buy a single new big graphics card in 2 years or so.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200, maybe eventually move to Eyefinity (or similar) setup
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I think I have a pretty good idea of what I want already, just looking for other people's opinions on other options to consider. I am planning a separate HTPC build, this is going to be my gaming machine/workstation. I'm currently gaming on a 3-year-old gaming laptop. Seemed like a good idea with all my travel at the time, but it has turned out to be pretty limited long-term.
Right now, most of my gaming is WoW, Dragon Age: Origins, and I'm likely to pick up Mass Effect 2 and Starcraft 2. I do not currently play a lot of FPS games (the last one I truly enjoyed was Doom 2), but it's not an impossibility that I'd pick one up.
I'm aware that there are some components listed below that I could save money on, but a) I don't really need to with my budget, and b) I'm willing to spend a little more now in order to get components that I won't want to upgrade in a year.
Note: as mentioned above, I have a case & PSU already.
CPU: Either AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE for $182 or AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE for $160. Although it's cool, I don't need hyperthreading, and if I need more cores in a year or two, AMD (currently) has a better upgrade path, in my opinion.
HSF:Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme - $65 - I need something under 155mm, as the 230mm fan in the side restricts CPU cooler size a little.
Mobo:Asus Crosshair IV Formula AM3 890FX - $230
Yes, it's spendy, but the wacky features are interesting. I probably won't need to control it via Bluetooth, but the ability to save settings on my laptop via USB is intriguing. I know that MadAdmiral is going to hate this already, but what can I say? Out of stock at the moment, but since I'm not planning to buy today, not a huge issue.
2 Intel X25-m SSD's in Raid 0 will outperform any other SSD in existence. It's a much better price for performance ration, and cheaper for more HD space.
A big issue with non Intel drives is that while they may be larger in GB, they use a lot more of their space as system reserved. So in fact, Intel drives are fairly cheap in terms of usable GB per dollar.