APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anytime to the beginning of Summer.
BUDGET RANGE: 1600-1700 Before / After Rebates and After Tax
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the internet, I'm going to try photoshopping, Microsoft Word, watching movies)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any site in the US.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I wanted to use a ASUS P6X58D Premium, but wasn't sure. There is a microcenter nearby which they sell the Intel for about $200 before tax and $220 after tax. I was also looking into the Noctua NH-D14.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes and will need help to OC SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe if theres still enough.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: My monitor resolution is 1920 x 1080. I own a LG W2486L and maybe I would like to buy another one or two, if you guys can help me link some items to show which can link the monitors or something?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have a NZXT Sentry so noise won't be much of a problem. My budget also includes Thermal paste. I plan to build the computer on air because I am not experienced with water cooling.
Because the 5850 is pretty weak compared to the rest of the build. A single 5850 already struggles with some games at 1920x1080, so it won't last too long. And you should just forget about Eyefinity with it...
It's not that the 5850 is a bad GPU, it's just that the GPU is underpowered compared to the rest of the build. You're spending twice as much on the CPU, RAM and motherboard. Typically for a gaming build, you want to spend most of the budget on the GPU, as that's the bottleneck for gaming. The top gaming builds typically have around 30-40% of the budget spent on the GPU.
I missed that the OP had access to microcenter...many people do not have one within a reasonable distance.
Even with the processor costing $100 less than normal, you're still going to end up paying around $150 more for an i7 build for RAM and an X58 mobo, compared to an equivalent 1156 or AM3 build. That $150 might be more usefully spent on a better graphics card if you're just planning on gaming.