PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, ASUS or GIGABYTE for motherboard, Antec, Coolermaster, Thermaltake, Seasonic, Zalman for case, mods and fans, WD or Seagate for HD, no SSD, Corsair, G.Skill, Patriot for memory
OVERCLOCKING: Most likely yes, but I'm a newbie in this field too
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: May upgrade in future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 future upgrade to 1920x1080
I'm working on my own X58 build (currently debating the i7-920 and 930), and many people have recommended the Gigabyte UD5 motherboard to me. I personally went with the EVGA FTW3, so we'll see how that plays out.
The i7-920 is easier to overclock from what I hear (no experience with it yet), and people are posting speeds of 4+GHz using air. So if you do get into OCing, it should be easier and it'll boost your gaming performance above the 930.
Definitely try to get the WD Caviar Black. Best hard drive ever.
For my system, I chose Patriot's 3x2GB Viper II Sector 7 DDR3-1600 Triple Channel set and it only cost me US$173, but I don't know what the pricing scheme in AU is. Kingston's Hyper X and G. Skill's Ripjaws series are also good.
I heard about some issues with motherboards not detecting fully Corsair RAM clock speeds, so that's one reason why I went with Patriot.
As for a power supply, check out Seasonic and Corsair. They make the best, most reliable PSUs hands down. I have an Antec Earthwatts 650W (got it on sale for $50), but had it not been a price issue, I would've gone with one of the two. I'm building a media PC for my gf and the first thing I did was pick a Corsair PSU.
Lastly, cases. Antec always has solid build quality, and the 900 series has that nice big top fan. Every time I see a build, it's always with an Antec 300 or 900 (own a 300). Just my 2 cents.
Thanks, I have read a few reviews about the UD5 and more than one person says that it has bad spacing, or just not as well thiought out as ASUS motherboards.
I don't know where you live, but across 4 fairly respectable stores where I am all replaced the 920 with the newer 930.
Corsair PSUs don't appear too often here in Australia, Seasonic is the OEM for my Antec PSU so there shouldn't be a problem there.
With the case, I am currently looking at a Coolermaster HAF 932 a full tower case, which has a load of fans (three 230mm fans and a couple of standard ones). Right now I'm liking Coolermaster a lot more than Antec, especially because I have been told not to get the Dark Fleet from Antec.
Seasonic is also the OEM for many of Corsair's PSUs; it's just hard to find a Seasonic in certain areas (I can't find but 5-6 on the USA Newegg site at times).
Cases are really your own choice. I know that many of NZXT and Coolermaster cases have better cable management functionality. I prefer Antec (the 300 at least) because it's simple and not too flashy. I do plan on getting the NZXT Phantom, which is the complete opposite