This is my first build, after doing some research and reading some of the previous posts on the forum this is what I thought would be the best setup for me. Is there anything here that really does not belong or is not necessary, also is everything compatible with each other. I apologize for any mistakes I have made while selecting this stuff, as I said I am new and have very little experience with building a computer.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next 3-4 months, hopefully before Christmas
Budget Range: $1,500-$3,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, MS Office, surfing.
Parts Not Required: Windows 7 64-bit OS, Speakers, Mouse.
The parts you have listed seems to be a mixed set of things from low to high quality.
i5 2500k ~$220 - good choice
Your choice is lowsy. Suggestions: Cooler Master Hyper 212 + or EVO $28-35, Scythe Mugen 3 $45
P67 or Z68 based motherboard is the way to go, not sure if that asus board is the best available.
Pretty much choose one which comes with the Gen3 PCIe support once Ivy bridge hits.
Asrock Z68 Extreme 3/4 Gen3 are good choices
While pricy the P8Z68 Gen3 offering from Asus is good as well.
Corsair vengeances work fine, also GSkill has bunch of different sets that work for you as long as they are.
2x4GB 1.5V or less CAS9 1600Mhz.
GPU: Well GTX580 is powerful for sure, if you want that much juice, go for it.
Well the HAF X is a good case and it's huge. If you like that case it's hard to go wrong with it.
Other choices exist in that segment as well. HAF 932 is pretty good, same with Corsair 500R.
Since you intend to go SLI with GTX580, i would recommend ~1000W PSU for it.
Can't go wrong with Seasonic Platinum 1000W $259.99
Amazing PSU with 80+ platinum efficiency and provides stable power for your system.
The one you selected is not bad, just not up to running 2xGTX580.
Get a DVD burner. The 24x DVD burners from Sony, Asus, Lite-On etc are about $19-$24.
That HDD is really expensive, while it's probably good you most likely could do with less space and then add if you run out.
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB for storage drive is fine.
Yes it's worth it to get an SSD. Sata III based drives in the 120GB range let you install OS, SW and most likely a few games on it too.
Corsair Force 3 has been on nice sales lately, so nice pricewise.
OCZ Vertex 3 is great, I have one of those and it's quite nice.
Then going up in price a bit you get other Sandforce based SSD's that use faster memory chips than the Vertex 3.
This is up to what you want, so your choice is fine.
The asus monitor is fine, but there are others choices in that price range as well.
Any extra fans, i would say get them if you have issues with temps, most likely you wont.
As for the other things like card readers, most of them will work fine.