Any advice would be appreciated on how to get the machine down in price without too much of a performance dive, and especially what case and cooling would be ideal with the budget. Thanks!!!
Approximate Purchase Date: End of June
Budget Range: $900-$1100 Before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing the web
Parts Not Required: Windows 7 Pro, monitor (Apple 30" Cinema Display), speakers, keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel processor, SLI/Crossfire ready but only 1 good GPU to start
SLI or Crossfire: Yes but as above - only want 1 good GPU for now, will add a second one down the line
Monitor Resolution: 2560x1600
Additional Comments: Will be my first PC build, currently am using a first generation Mac Pro with a Mac-hacked Radeon HD 4890 running Windows 7 Pro through Boot Camp. Power expandability wise, I'll need something with enough juice to power a second video card eventually and three HDDs. Would appreciate any help in terms of cases with good cooling, preferably without all the LEDs shining out the front of the case.
I would also change to the Corsair 750TXV2 unless you end up buying a small case which would benefit from having a modular power supply. In which case I'd prefer to have this:
Xigmatek NRP-MC702 700W 80Plus Bronze Modular $110 ($6 shipping) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Information I have seen in reviews have led me to think that it can be a good idea to run systems with two 6950s on a 650W PSU. Perhaps it would be better to have a 750W unit if you want to buy two 6950s and unlock them both to 6970s, or if you were going to overclock, or if you wanted the upgrade options which are provided by 750W PSUs but not by 650W PSUs.
A pretty decent budget case:
Cooler Master HAF 912 $60 ($10 rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This case 'only' comes with two fans, I'm sure that your hardware won't overheat in this case, but it is possible that you will have to buy additional fans if you find that you are not happy with the temps that you are getting. So you may think that it is better to buy a more expensive case to start with that comes with a larger number (or higher quality) fans. Cases can also be seen as an investment as a good one can last for many builds.
Another popular budget case is the Antec 300/300 Illusion (comes with more fans than the 300)/100 (updated, smaller, better cable management than the 300s).
Total 829$ before shipping and everything, so you have room to run a SSD if you want to and for that i'd reccomend getting a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (214.99 (20$ MIR) it has incredible read and write speeds Max Read: up to 525 MB/s, Max Write: up to 500 MB/s those are incredibly fast in my opinion