APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: July 1st, Likely Before, Not Up To Me When it's purchased.
BUDGET RANGE: $1,200 ~
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video Editing, Photoshop, After Effects, Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I think intel and Nvidia is the way I want to go. CUDA being the reason, I want to make the most out of the hardware. I also would like to have a LOT of storage. I assume that has more to do with the case? So I'd like to be able to easily add/remove/swap 1TB drives if possible. Or store a lot at a time. What's the most you can have in a single system? I'm hearing it's safer to go with 1TB drives for now.
I'd like to have wireless net and HDMI out so I can run a long cable to a an HDTV in another room.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1680 x 1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not much to play with, information wise. Most I really know is that I think from research I should maybe go with the Corei7 930 and GTX260? Was going to make a build a few months ago but it never happened, hoping this time it does! Oh and I really want to be able to play the latest and greatest games on high with no worries. Anything released on Steam more or less.
WD Caviar Blacks are good but WD has only come out with one 1TB drive with 500GB platters. Their version does use Sata6GB/s but HDs don't really take advantage of this feature compared to SSDs. You will get similar performance with the one I suggested despite its lack of Sata6GB/s. Plus it doesn't hurt that its like $20 cheaper.
The 470 is roughly an equal match to the 5850 but it comes at a cost of $50 more. The thing about the 470 or any Fermi GPU is that they are power hungry so that 650W PSU I suggested will only be able to power one 470, a 750W+ (at least) is recommended for two 470s.
It's up to you if its worth it though. Sorry I can't help you decide if CUDA is really worth it since I've never used it and don't know how much of a difference it makes.