Parts Preferences: I would like to stick to an Intel Processor and Nvidia graphics, have a large, but quality monitor (23-25 inches, maybe HDMI connection?). Also would like a full tower case. Been looking at the Nvidia 270-280 cards lately.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 or higher
Additional Comments: I want the PC to look as good as it runs and I want it to run damn good. I've heard good things about liquid cooling, SLI and SSDs for the OS. Just trying to find the perfect build for a PC in that price range to more than fill my needs.
i feeling a bit lazy at the moment, so im going to link you to another thread, specifically JackNaylor's post in that thread. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/315351-31-gaming-comp...
JackNaylor knows alot about high end builds, and though I think the guru3d stats he links are slightly misleading, the build itself is a great place to start. I think the mobo he selected is unnecessarily expensive, but again, its a place to start. people tend to inject their personal preferences on these builds, so ill allow you to assemble a list of parts you like before i give you any further advice.
I wouldn't bother with water cooling at that price level, but it is all up to your preference. If you do watercool you should probably OC though cause otherwise it would be a huge waste of money. Get at least a 400 series card if not a a 500 sereis card with SLI. I would recommend the i5-2500K and SLI GTX 570s choose your own case because everybody likes different cases.