System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Digital painting - Photoshop/Painter, some light video editing (ie putting camcorder video onto dvd), general everyday use
Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, case - antec 902, power supply - corsair tx750 V2, Cpu cooler - cm Hyper 212, optical drive, Windows 7 professional
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences: Intel -i7 2600k
SLI or Crossfire: yes down the road
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, single monitor
Motherboard: Asrock P67 Extreme4
This isn't my favorite motherboard. It had the best reviews for awhile. Asus' uefi looks a lot better, but reviews seem to be mixed. I wasn't real impressed with gigabytes touch bios. I'm also considering the EVGA P67 SLI. Not a lot of reviews so far, but looks promising. I don't think Z68 has anything to offer that I need, but I'm more than open to suggestions. Even though I won't use it much, I would like 1394 on the rear panel. Some of the z68 boards don't offer this. Anyways, the motherboard is the only thing I keep going back and forth on.
Memory: Corsair vengeance 8gb, or perhaps the newer low profile version.
GPU: Leaning towards 6950 2gb. or a 560 Ti, 570
HDD: WD Black 2tb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I see a lot of people recommend the samsung spinpoint 1gb, but I would like more storage than that and don't want to mess with multiple hdds or raid. I do plan on adding a ssd later...something in the 120gb range.
Lastly, this isn't my first build but it has been awhile (9 years). This will be a massive upgrade coming from an Athlon xp 1500 with a geforce ti4200.