Seems to be the standard for a moderate-overclocking and gaming. No real need for the multi threading, the only other thing I would do on this machine is surf the net and do some light dev. Plan to push this up at least into the mid 4Ghz range.
Cooling: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO
Really just a toss up between this and the megalehems.
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Frequency seems like it would fit well with a sandy bridge system, and low CAS (7-8-7-24). Just hoping it will fit with the Noctua. Worried that its at 1.6V, would I be better off finding something at 1.5V to give myself some more wiggle room?
Disks: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC + SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Windows and the more commonly loaded games on the SSD, everything else on the Spinpoint F3 that seems to be so very popular.
Video Card: EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
This one was definitely questionable. I currently work with two monitors in a 3360x1080 layout, though I definitely plan on upgrading to 3840x1080 or 3840x1200 soon. A 570 could probably handle this as well, I was simply planning on going with this now and in the future if necessary getting a second 580 in SLI. Would I be just as well off with two 570's in the long run?
Critiques, almost everything.
Motherboard: You don't need a 300$ board, an Asrock Extreme4 P67 (150$) board performs just as well as that board. It overclocks a good SB chip (not all SB chips are made to the same grade A) to 5.1ghz on air with BIOS revision. Basically, you don't need a 300$ board anymore.
Cooler: Megahalems is good enough, the D14 is expensive and a huge cooler. Really not the best cooler for price/perf. Plus when you add two fans on the Megahalems the performance/cooling is really solid.
SSD: Wait for the Vertex 3. Simply to put, the Vertex 3 is about the same price for better performance and price/gig. The controller on the C300's I believe it is a Idelix or something. It just doesn't match the SF (SandForce) 2xxx series controllers.
Card: You'd be good enough at that resolution with 2x570's which would run cooler than SLI 580's by a long shot. I would suggest looking towards custom heatsink 580 or 570. Ideally the Twin Frozrs or the DirectCu II.
Where are people finding such cheap Megahalems? It seems like the price of a Megahalem plus a pair of fans would not put it very far below the D14. Would you recommend any particular fan(s) with the Megahalem?
So a pair of 570's would do just as well as a pair of 580's so long as I wasn't doing something crazy like 3 full HD screens?