Hello all. My first post here...love this community.
Anyway, putting together a new build due to issues with my q6600 build. My build requirements are general home computing (internet, photos, music) and gaming (right now primarily WoW and Civ V...but you never know). Will order from NewEgg. Just hoping for some feedback/advice...
Parts I don't need:
Keyboard; Mouse; Speakers; Monitor (1680 x 1050)
Main HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
The case is definitely very nice, but if it's cutting into your graphics budget, maybe you should consider something a bit cheaper. The CM690 II Advanced is $90 and is a very good case. Also, the HAF 922 is $90 and offers lots of space and excellent stock cooling.
If your main purpose is gaming, I would save around $160 on the case, add that to your current graphics budget of $260 and go for a crossfire/sli setup. That gives you $420 for graphics. You could afford 2 Sapphire Radeon 6870s. If you drop the i7 2600K down to an i5 2500K and save an additional $100, you could afford twin 6950's. You'd have to check benchmarks for the games you play to see which configuration makes the most sense.