Edited 12/05: The below component list reflects the changes made based on other comments. I think I'm good with this build. With the last few changes, I was able to hit my budget almost exactly (how often does that happen?)
Original Plea for help:
I'm a n00b when it comes to building PC, but I've done a fair amount of research and have come up with the below build. I'm looking for general advice as well as a double check on my selection of power supply and case. Please let me know if you see any red flags or notice any major improvements that could be made
Budget: Right around $2000, which is just about where this build is at currently.
Gaming PC: I need it to handle the latest games at or near their highest quality with scalability for future games.
Home Theatre: Since this will be next to my HD TV in my bedroom, I might as well use this machine to watch HD movies (no use for Blu-Ray though) . This is a minor point since this isn't a living room setup or anything.
Overclocking: Maybe? I've read there's not much to be done with the GPU in ways of overclocking, but other components might be a possibility.
Tomorrow is the release date of the new amd radeon 69xx series gpus.I seriously suggest waiting until tomorrow as the 6970 will either outperform the gtx 580 or at least drop its price.
About the case,do not use an antec 300 for sli gtx 580's as they will probably overheat in it due to the little space.I'd suggest the NZXT Phantom or the Coolermaster Haf 932 at the very least.
For the heatsink,although the hyper 212 is great value for money,I'd look for something beefier for an i7 950.Something like the prolimatech megahalems with two Scythe S-Flex fans in a push pull configuration.
These should set you a bt out of budget,but they are mandatory futureproofing you should take if you have overclocking and sli in your mind.
Thanks to vexer and BeCoolBro... they provided some pretty good feedback, so I went with some of their suggestions as outlined below.
Any additional comments or suggestions are appreciated.
For vexer's comments:
That's a good catch on the 1TB for 15 bucks more. I didn't mention I have a NAS with two 2TB drives in a RAID 1 config where all my media is being stored, so I'm not going to be hurting for disc space. I figure the 500GB would do fine for me.
As for the power supply, that seems reasonable... the 1000W psu was chosen by me based on its being used in one of the best config builds by eloric. It also received outstanding reviews from what I read. I've decided on downgrading to this (and saving some money in the process... help's out for BeCoolBro's stuff):
You addressed exactly what I was worried about as far as cases. I decided to go with the NZXT Phantom. It's really large, but seems like it might keep everything alot cooler. I like the option of turning the fan lights on and off easily at the flick of a switch... so I can be stylish and sleep well.
I was mistaken.The 69xx series will be released on december 13.My system clock got messed up and said it were 12 yesterday.
About the psu take a look at the XFX Black edition.Take a look at its review here to see why.