1. I'm unsure of the motherboard choice since I won't be overclocking the CPU but may do SLI/Crossfire either down the road or right now.
2. Case choice is low on my priority list - as long as it's big enough and has good air flow - less than $100 would be nice.
3. I'm having a hard time settling on a GPU - I'm looking for the best 'bang for the buck' and am willing to do SLI/Crossfire right away, but I guess I'd rather keep it a single GPU system (570 or 6970?)
4. I want a nice 1920 x 1080 backlit LED monitor - the ASUS ones look nice and Dell seems to be having a sale right now.
It seems everything but the GPU(s) can be had for less than $1100 - leaving $400 - $500 for the GPU(s).
MB - GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 or ASRock P67 EXTREME4. I like ASUS, but needing 8x/8x for multiple GPUs their boards in that feature set are more expensive and you aren't gaining anything. If you want ASUS, the ASUS P8P67 DELUXE is a great board.
GPU - You can't go wrong with either the GTX 570 or the HD 6970. I would go with the HD 6970 only because of its slightly lower power requirements.
Also... The 750w XFX PSU you listed is a good one, but keep in mind that a GTX 570 will draw 330w at full load and the HD 6970 will draw around 290w. Running a single GPU will be fine, but you will run into problems trying to run dual cards while at full load.
OS - Any reason why you are going with a 32-bit OS? May want to consider changing that to Win7 Home Premium 64-bit (..for System Builders).
Combo 1 - $50 off P67A-GD65 + Thortech 850W
Combo 2 - $10 off i5 2500K + 580 GTX
and plus $25 off the Ripjaws for the promo code which ends on 4/6
I've linked to Newegg for everything for the sake of viewing continuity, but in actuality some items are sold out and/or Amazon has better prices, so I would order from them in those cases.
Total - $1563.53 (including the promos and combo deals, not including shipping charges)
My only question about this build would be the PSU - does anyone know anything about it? Reviews are few and far between. I guess with this build I would not look to getting a second 580 in the future.
I have become a total addict to creating builds and finding the best prices btw.
only thing I would change is change case to haf 922, It has lots of space fOr long video adds and three fans also at this price range I would add an ssd- 80GB for OS and programs and that 1TB for storage