After a week's research, i think i am ready to compile a list.
The average temperature here in summer is 40C and in winters is 25C (daytime). I dont want to overclock CPU. The GPU available to me is already over clocked so it should not be a problem since it is factory over clocked. As for memory, thats my query, can i run those memories at 1333/1600 rates? (See below for all my queries)
Only brands available to me are AMD, Intel, ASUS, EVGA, XFX, HIS, INNO3D, Coolermaster, Corsair, Kingston, WD, Seagate.
For Q1 and Q2: I need to make sure that if, in future, i use 2nd graphics card (GTX460) as SLI then there is sufficient space in motherboard (also for heat flow)
1. [Setup 1] Which motherboard should i select for Setup 1? (Select from INTEL DP55WG/ EVGA P55FTW /ASUS P7P55D-E EVO)
I am leaning towards ASUS P7P55D-E EVO.
2. [Setup 2] Which motherboard should i select for Setup 2? (Select from INTEL DX58SO / ASUS P6T INTEL X58+ICH10R)
I am leaning towards ASUS P6T INTEL X58+ICH10R
3. [Setup 2] Will using 3X6G-1600 (2GBX3) memory be a risk for the PC? If yes, can i use on lower speed?
4. [Setup 2] Can i use CORSAIR XMS3 DDR3 TRIKIT 3X6G-1600 (2GBX3) in 1066 mode (if i dont want to overclock)?
5. [Setup 2] Should i buy CORSAIR DOMINATOR DDR3 TRIKIT 3X6G-1600 (2GBX3) by giving 45$ for DOMINATOR heat sinks?
6. Is Setup 1 better or Setup 2? I have mixed feelings since Setup 1 gives better performance on 1x GPU. But when SLI is used (which i will - in like after 3/4 years in future) then Setup 2 takes a great lead.
I am leaning towards Setup 1 (ASUS).
7. Any other bottlenecks i am missing? (dont mention RAID0 or SSD, i am not confident with them)
Well, not to be mean, i know that it can be a little weird building ur first system but.. be a little more confident, everything will go fine. And if you are spending this much on a PC and not overclocking, there is no point. Because you can get something that's like 100-300 dollars better w/o really getting it, just by overclocking. At least overclock in the future.
What is this PC for? Once we know that we can give you better answers.
Assuming it's purely for gaming, you don't need an i7 1366, go with an 1156 i5 750 or i7 870.
It may sound weird, but never go with Intel motherboards made by Intel , they are lacking quality and are junk really. Go with a nice board like this.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and search around for some others. Good brands like MSI, Gigabyte and Asus.
LOL @ FANS XD Do you realize how LOUD that is gonna be?????? You don't need all of them. Go with 1-3 extra and if you feel its not enough lights and noise add extra XD
Have you thought of going with an AMD configuration? They have some nice CPUs out right now and you can upgrade to the new bulldozer/bobcat CPUs next year, they will be Kickass IMO! Just a suggestion. The good thing with AMD is that they have the best bang for the buck and they don't go through all the sockets like Intel does, the new CPUs are compatible with AM2, AM2+, AM3 so you could put an AM3 CPU on an AM2 and will be the same with the new CPUs 80% sure, AMD said it.. but now they arent so IDK 100%
I'd stick with Intel for your setup, and I'd personally go with option 2. You're going to see better performance with the X58/1366 chipset.
Also, I've heard of some issues with Corsair's RAM and X58 chipsets; Intel's CPUs can handle "only" 1066 MHz RAM, so you have to manually set the speed in your BIOS, but Corsair's memory has issues doing that from what I've heard. I'd go with Kingston, Patriot, and even G.Skill like Mr Pizza suggested (pretty good RAM, lower prices usually).
Also, I agree with Mr Pizza when he says don't use an Intel Motherboard. DEFINITELY go with a Gigabyte, ASUS, EVGA, etc. ASUS tends to make the best hardware out of all of them. And just check the number of PCI-Express x16 slots to see if you can handle multiple GPUs (obviously, you just need more than one).
I don't know anything about Cooler Master PSUs; I'd recommend Corsair, Antec, Seasonic. There's an XFX Black Edition 750W PSU that's made by Seasonic, and it's modular and only costs $120. Great reviews.