New Gaming PC with $1000 budget

So I am building a new gaming PC. My goal is to get a good computer that will play anything out there today on max settings as well as being future proof for the games to come. I am waiting for battlefield 3 to come out and when it does I want to be able to play it in all its glory.

Aside from gaming I do some photo editing in CS5 and occasionally encode video files.

Things I have:

1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
500 GB 7200 RPM HDD
Nvidia GTX 260 (1.8 GB)
CD/DVD Combo Drive

What I need help with

I would like help choosing a new motherboard, processor, PSU, RAM, CPU cooler, and Graphics Card.

What I think I will get

Intel i7 2600K
Radeon HD 6950 2 GB

What I am not sure about

I am not really 100% set on anything yet. I dont know what I am going to do with my GTX 260 yet...I was going to get a new Nvidia card but ATI seems to have better things for the money. If a got another Nvidia card I could still use my 260 as a PhysX processor. Please help me decide on a GPU keeping in mind that I still have a GTX 260.

For the motherboard I am not 100% sure about what I need. I want a good motherboard with room for expansion and a motherboard that can easily overclock my CPU. I was thinking about the ASUS P8P67 EVO as well. I dont think I will 3 way SLI anytime soon but I definitely want to be able to dual SLI.

I need help with RAM as well. I will get no less than 8GB of ram rated at 1600Mhz. Should I get 4x2GB or 2x4GB and have 2 more slots to expand to 16GB later?

For the processor I was thinking about the i52500K as well but I think hyperthreading will come in use later and I figured I might as well get it.

I am also considering getting an SSD in the future. Please give me your best opinion on my build and what you think i should scratch/add. You can also recommend parts for the future when I get more money.
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  1. All your selections are fine. On the ram get 2x4GB maybe this
  2. ^ I agree, however you might want to stick with nVidia unless you want to do the driver hack to allow GeForce and Radeon cards to both work on the same board. Also, does your current DVD drive have an IDE or SATA interface?
  3. SSDs are amazing if you can fit one in your budget. Definitely worthwhile. IMO 80gb is a good amount since they're still fairly cheap. I have Windows 7 and all my apps - itunes, photoshop, web browsers, oc software, MS office, etc etc plus Fallout New Vegas with lots of mods and another game, maybe F1 2010... anyway all that barely uses over 60gb. I have about 500gb worth of music, movies, and games on my HDDs.

    Anyway besides that, seems like a good build. 6950 is a great card, kind of the 5850 of the current gen. Bang for the buck and OC capabilities are great. Although you might consider a 560Ti which is also a super card. Really neck and neck for performance.
  4. Both of my drives have SATA interface.

    So I guess what I need to debate is which GPU to get. Would using the 260 as a PhysX processor be worth it or should I just get rid of it and get an ATI card?
  5. This is from a build I posted earlier on another thread. Anyways this may give you a few idea's.

    The case in this build just came out yesterday so there's no customer reviews on it but if you go to the Cooler Master site they have some professional reviews on it and they were all good.

    Down below is dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI. $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1) <----- that same case @ newegg + shipping $109.99 - $94.99 after mail-in rebate
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $159.99
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $459.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $439.98 FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $244.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $29.15 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 $69.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

    Total: $1,348.12 *not including shipping, and mail in rebates <--- review/benchmarks of that card <--- review benchmarks of that card in SLI <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards in it's class <---- Asrock two year warranty <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard
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