BUDGET RANGE: $2000-$4500 (Don't want to spend the max if its overkill and not going to make a difference)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, running multiple clients and or games at once.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Display (will be using a Casio LED 1080p projector)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (open to suggestions)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: NONE
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 Casio LED projector
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need to be able to multitask a tremendous amount. When playing an MMO, I often tab and run other games or multiple mmo's while waiting for raid etc. I'm tired of using multiple computers to run 5 or 6 programs without delay.
Right now I can run 4 copies on my laptop but they lag somewhat. The laptop has 6gb so I figured I'd need 12gb minimum to run what I wanted.
Well where to begin... Firstly... you do NOT need that 700 dollar motherboard. It is build to run 4 video cards at PCI express x16... since you are running two 480s (which is going to be amazingly badda$$!)... you're fine with a feature rich Rampage III mothoerboard bulid for overclocking and 2card SLI setup
Next item would be the CPU - I'm an intel guy... but the performance just isnt there for a $1000 dollar 6core intel. If you really want bang for your buck, the six core AMD 1090t costs $700 less and is only about 10-15% slower. Obviously if you went AMd, it would change your motherboard. I have the i7-930 and it runs multiple mmo's just fine with just 6gb of ram. Essentially I'm saying the 970 is just a waste of money. Go AMd 6core of i7-930 with a good cooler and overclock it.
If you go with the AMD - could use the saved money to go for crossfired 5970's
Realistically... two 480's is all you need to run multiple games on ultra. Only need more if you are tryin to set records in 3dmark or something. The $500 you save in the motherboard will go towards two top of the line GPU's next year / next generation