Approximate Purchase Date: Ongoing over next few months
Budget Range: Approximately $1,000 with some leeway (this includes processor/case already purchased)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel, everything else is fair game to swap out
SLI or Crossfire: Possible in the future but not right now
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 for now
Additional Comments: I'm looking for recommendations regarding the i5-750 that I purchased in July when this build was originally planned. I picked up the i5-750 for $170 and an Antec 900 for cheap, then life happened and I'm just now getting back to finishing up the purchases. Since then the i5-760 was released and with the Intel releases in a few days I'm looking for opinions as to whether I should stick with the 750 since I got it at a decent price or try to sell it and go for something different. My original build was ~$1,000 at the time. TIA.
I say stick to the i5-750, its a great chip and over-clocks very well. You can get cheaper on the motherboard, take a look at Gigabyte's P55 offerings, I've had great luck with a Biostar T5 XE CFX-SLI. I would say try to go with a better GPU if you can. the 5770 is pretty dated, and at that price point, the GTX 460 is a much better card.
If moving to 1920 x 1080, the 5770 is a bit light.
Keep the 750, it's still a strong chip. For a $1000 build, I agree on the graphics card. You can afford to move up the ladder. A 460 or 6850 (or two, if you can) is always a strong choice.
For $10 more you could get an XFX Black Edition 950 which would support two video cards such as 6870's or 470's.
950W is overkill to be bluntly honest, and that Corsair will probably provide cleaner power. You could get 2 6870s running with a stock clocked i5 CPU on a good 550W unit (though I wouldn't recommend that). The PSU he's picked has 4 6+2 pin connectors, which is enough connectors for any 2 GPUs and enough power to run anything short of SLI 580s with a heavily OC'd CPU. So long as we aren't talking cards that need 200w+ a piece (cough GF1x0 cough), 750W is plenty, with headroom to upgrade in the future.
Excellent, you've all been very helpful. I like that the Biostar board also has the 8x8, and since I'll eventually have to add a card I like the psu suggestion as well. 5 months ago I figured I'd add the SSD eventually but I must just be able to squeeze it in now. Now to zero in on the GPU - thanks for the quick responses.