Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks
Budget Range: Looking to spend approx. $1000 after rebates.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (online and offline if that matters), movies, internet, photoshop hobbyist.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, GPU
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences: All parts compatible to run 2xGTX 460s SLI
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: SLI
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: It is very important that this PC have a lot of options to upgrade in the future. I'm building specifically so I can upgrade parts as I need to rather than buying a brand new PC every 3-4 years.
Looks good. The big issue is you are going AMD. Right now, AMD is not a good idea because Sandy Bridge processors absolutely smoke all AMD has to offer. Here's a benchy of the 1090t vs 2500k, the best you can get for gaming IMO. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=146
As you can see, the 2500k is the clear winner. With that in mind, I suggest switching to the P67 platform.
And no, you do not need Win7 pro to use 8GB of ram. Windows 7 home premium OEM ($99) is just fine.
Also, the HAF 932 is a MASSIVE case. Do you really need that? Look at the HAF 922, it's a bit smaller and better for your rig IMO.
Tecmo had another build w/ the i7. I just didn't know if it worked w/ Nvidia graphics cards. I will edit my initial post to include the i5 processor (Using the link you provided it didn't appear the i7 wasn't worth the $100+ upgrade over the i5).
Question for you. I looked up the P67 and there were multiple brands and prices. Do you have any recommendations for a specific one. I know there are guides explaining what to look for in motherboards but, honestly, that was over my head.
Thank you again for the help. I was very worried I wouldn't be able to do this correctly even after looking at several sites. I then stumbled on to this site in one of my searches and you have been more help than I could have imagined, Tom's Hardware needs to pay you some $$$ for the help!
My last question, I think, is: will cooling be an issue with this setup? If I add another GTX 460 GPU will I need to purchase better fans?
Nowadays, cases are very good at cooling. The HAF series is short for High Air Flow. This actually holds true, the HAF cases are very well ventilated. With a HAF 922 or 932, you will have MORE than enough cooling.
I will add that you need to keep an eye out for certain GPU's. NVidia doesn't make it easy on us consumers lol. There are 3 GTX 460 variants. the 460 768MB, the 460 1GB, and the 460 1GB SE. All are very different.
Make sure to note your current GPU and try to match it exactly.
^Keep in mind that's after rebates Jack. The hyper 212+ comes with good thermal paste, none needed. Also, not a bad deal on the ram! However, there is this deal which is much better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $80 for super fast ram? Hello! Good tip on the PSU for sure though. XFX is probably a better choice.
Updated the RAM, PSU, and TIM. Jack, I looked into the B3 and after reading through the reviews that one worries me, I think they have the longer warranty because of the issues they are having. Thank you both for your expertise.