SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (WoW, Starcraft 2, Doom 4), surfing the internet, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor (will use HDMI 720p TV)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm leaning towards an i7-930 processor, and a Silverstone Raven RV01 case (think it looks cool). Would like to do water cooling, but not solid on it. Have read the RV02 handles WC better. Open to suggestions.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. I have no OC experience... yet. (Have read that ASUS makes this easy?)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future (when Doom4 comes out?)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: using Samsung LN32B460 TV (1366x768)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll likely be playing games from my couch, so will need a comfortable wireless keyboard and mouse. Also, I've been kicking around selling the TV and getting a projector. I'd like to set up my own little gaming / home theater paradise. Living room is 13' deep. Anyone know any good designs? Depending on how cool it is... I'd be willing to shell out a few $k extra for equipment.
Err 1366 x 768 gaming - the good news is your project cost could plummet a few hundreds IMO ^^ Have clients chugging along with HD 4670 (!) on that resolution so if you looking low power draw (HD 5670) or overkill (HD 5770) would more than suffice
LGA 1156 does not have a great future, since it doesn't have enough PCI 2.0 lanes to run dual graphics cards and SATA 6Gb/s.
However, as batuchka said, you can get a much cheaper pc, if you are using a 1366x768 moniter. Just get a budget build, and don't worry about future proofing. You'll spend less money that way.
PSU - (with room to XFire in the future) CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $90 (if you get it quick w/rebate and 10% off)
I would go with an 800 series mobo with bigger/better tech and by what history has shown w.r.t backwards compatibility i.e
AM2 mobos had to be just about top dog in their day to have BIOS update for AM2+/AM3 chip
AM3 700 mobos mid end would have had Thuban BIOS
So an AM3 800 would be Zambezi capable http://tech.icrontic.com/articles/what-we-know-about-am...
Your future Bulldozer CPU
The first enthusiast CPU to employ the Bulldozer design is currently codenamed Zambezi, and it will contain four of these dual core modules for a total of eight cores. We also know for a fact that Zambezi will use socket AM3, meaning anyone with a DDR3 Phenom II motherboard will be ready to rock with a BIOS upgrade
Here is what I'm leaning towards, with a tad more future proofing and OC potential. I'm thinking a few years down the road, I'll crossfire, upgrade the CPU, and add more RAM. Let me know if there are any glaring weaknesses. I'll probably place the order tomorrow unless anyone says anything.