With a 5K budget I would wait.....
There are new SSD's coming in the near future and AMD is yet to release it's radeon 6990 dual gpu and loads of other things. I see no reason to jump on the upgrading bandwagon just yet especially if most of the new things are released within 2months.
Cool. Do you know which companies are on the verge of releasing?
Thanks I'm sticking to Intel and NVIDIA.
Need to move faster. My DELL XPS 700 died and I'm on a MacBook right now with no backup/hot spare.
Well you could always build a good system in the 1K range and save the rest of your cash for next year (when intel upgrades its socket lga 1366 to lga 2011)
the new i5's and i7's (i5 2500K and i7 2600K) should more than last you for a year and put in 1 ssd for now with a good 1terabyte hdd and just buy 1 gfx card to your liking and you'll be set.
Though spending some money on a good (either 3d monitor or high resolution monitor) would not be a bad call (I doubt the monitor market will change dramatically within a year unlike the cpu and gpu market).
EDIT: It depends on the monitor but most top range gfx cards are able to get high fps on high resolution monitors. Multi monitor setups are what would require multiple gpu's.
According to Wikipedia: Scalable Link Interface (SLI) is a brand name for a multi-GPU solution developed by NVIDIA for linking two or more video cards together to produce a single output. SLI is an application of parallel processing for computer graphics, meant to increase the processing power available for graphics.
Get i7-2600k, Asus P67 Pro or Deluxe, one SSD, one GTX580, Plextor BR drives, Corsair/Seasonic 750 or 850W is more than enough - unless you really want SLI for some weird reason. Get 8GB RAM unless you plan running Maya rendering. That gaming keyboard is a joke for me, but it is your call here. Get SilverStone or Lian Li case, not that one, be sure to have front USB 3.0. The so configured system will run Dell 30" or Apple Cinema display ~$1000, or some nice 30" NEC for ~1500. For the difference to $5k go to Vegas or Caribbean on vacation.
If you are professionally running video rendering, you need Quadro FX, and 5 grands are not enough just for the video card, let alone a PC parts.
Yes, same idea exactly--uncork Windows (or any other disk bound O/S).
Excellent G2 on NVIDIA!!! Somebody else said the "595". Are there two coming out or is 595 just a wrong number? Wow, I think one of these would be plenty. Have you seen an speculation on the price? With one graphics card, I don't need the dual PCIe x16 slots on the motherboard and the ASUS (1 simultaneous 16x PCIe) will suffice.
I looked at the ASUS P8P67-M PRO. What made you pick it? Price? Again, I could drop down to this with one graphics card. The 595 prototype only has one PICe connector on it.
You are planning one of the SSDs, right? I am thinking two for RAID 0.
What made you pick Antec over Corsair for the PSU?
I don't know anything about the Blu-ray burners. I notice you picked a more-expensive Pioneer over my LG. How is Pioneer superior?