Approximate Purchase Date: Most likely right after Christmas.
Budget Range: 1000-1200 Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching Movies, Gaming, Light photo editing
Parts Not Required: Will need everything
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tiger Direct I live in Canada so anything with cheaper shipping is a plus.
Parts Preferences: No preference.
Overclocking: Yes but just light air cooled overclocking (10-20% OC if I can)
SLI or Crossfire: I plan on it.
Monitor Resolution: As long as it can display 1080p I'm happy.
Additional Comments: It will be located in the basement and it's a steady temperature all year (20 Degrees Celsius)
I plan on playing Skyrim, TF2, SC2 and Dragon Age and a few others. I don't play that many FPS (and the ones that I do play are older) I also need to know if it would be worth it to wait for the 7xxx Radeon series and Ivy bridge. I would be willing to push the budget to around 1300 - 1400 for a future proofed system.
Edit: I know it might be overkill but I want it to last a few years.
I'm waiting for ivy bridge, im still using a first gen core i7 and 2 radeon 5770s, so far serving me quite well
ivy bridge chips should be out in march or april , right around tax time im hoping, if your willin to wait, it would be the better option
if not, go with a Core i5 2500k
P67 motherboard of your choice, z68 if you want as well
crucial m4 64gb ssd for your OS drive
two 1TB hdd's for running in RAID0 (for speedy hdd storage)
a case of your choice, Corsair, NZXT, CoolerMaster, Rosewill are good choices
get a GTX 570 or 580 (2x 560Ti's if u want SLi) for a GPU or a Radeon 6970/6950 (i dont know when the 7xxx are coming out, Crossfire two 6870s or two 6850s)
get DDR3 PC-1600 ram, G.Skill, Corsair, Patriot, Samsung, Mushkin are all pretty good brands
pick out keyboard, OS, mouse, monitor and dvd/blu ray drives of your choice
if ur gonna over clock, pickup some extra case fans and a aftermarket CPU cooler
if your gonna SLI or Crossfire, get a 850watt PSU or better (Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec, OCZ brands)