This is my first time attempting to build my own computer so I'd appreciate any advice anyone could offer concerning the parts I chose. I think they are all compatible but I don't know if they're really the best choices for my price range.
BUDGET RANGE: Approximately $1700
SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe later down the road
I'd actually recommend not going with the i7 with your budget, considering you need a monitor. If you dropped to the i5-750, you'd get roughly the same gaming performance out of the CPU, yet be able to afford the HD 5970. Here's the full build (checking prices/deals):
For a gaming system you don't need an i7-930. Such a system will last a long time before it needs to be upgraded/replaced tho, so maybe the extra expense now will be well worth it in a few years.
I would take that CPU in a combo with either of these: Combo With 5870 $655 Combo With Asus P6X58D-E $495
The Asus P6X58D-E is probably a better choice of motherboard as the features it doesnt have compared to the Premium are features that most people don't need and will be just as good at OCing.
I'd suggest having a look at the HAF 922 as it is much cheaper and the size difference really is miniscule. And calling it a mid-tower is quite misleading.