I need some advice on components for the system I'm trying to buy.
Approximate Purchase Date: Very soon (within a week or two).
Budget Range: Around ~1,200$.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and 3D modeling/rendering.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com would be fine.
Parts Preferences: i7 processor and HD 6870.
SLI or Crossfire: Not currently (but I might get an additional HD 6870 in the near future).
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050.
I am doing quite a bit of 3D modeling and rendering so I would really like to get an i7 CPU. As for GPU it seems that HD 6870 is a decent choice (cheap, cool and not so power hungry).
Processor: Intel i7 (not sure which model)
Motherboard: No idea (but ideally it should support dual graphic cards)
Memory: No idea
Graphics: HD 6870 (there seems to be quite a few 6870 models(brands?) available on newegg, not sure which one would be the best)
Storage: No idea
Power Supply: No idea (but ideally it should produce enough power to support dual HD 6870)
Case: No idea
Optical Drive: Will get a cheap DVD+-RW
CPU Cooler: No idea
Since I am on a budget I will probably get only 4GB RAM now (and additional +4GB in the following weeks) and probably one more HD 6870 in a few months (if needed).