Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week or two
Budget Range: ~$500-550 after rebates (NOT including mobo, CPU, HDD, I already have those)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (Skyrim and BF3), playing music, surfing the web, watching video
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, motherboard, processor, hard drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: mid tower case, SSD
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This is my first build. Also, I already have a motherboard (Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3), a processor (Intel i5-2500K, what else?), and a 1TB HDD. So really, this is more like a $1000 system. I'm going to want a SSD as a boot drive (with some programs too), and I plan on overclocking my CPU and possibly GPU at some point.
I need a system that can run new games (specifically Battlefield 3 and Skyrim) at max or almost max settings and that can generally perform really well. This is what I have currently (once again, just got a mobo, cpu, hdd so don't need any input on those).
I had been considering using two GTX 460 1GB's in SLI instead of the 6950 because apparently they perform better, but I've read things about micro-stuttering, and I also feel like using previous-generation hardware might not be the best idea. Should I be worried about either of these things?
Current total comes out to $587.93 before rebates; $542.93 after rebates.
Thanks for all the help, any comments or input are appreciated.