Iv been using AMD products for sometime and with the recent news with AMD and the "disappointment" of bulldozer, I think I will try Intel for my next build. The main purpose will be gaming(bf3 for example) but I will have other less demanding uses for it. With that said, I am a bit of an enthusiast and I like knowing I have some power and enjoy the idea I dont have to buy a new computer every year. I do plan of OC as well. Here is the build I plan to purchase in early January, any suggestions or changes are helpful as id like to get the most bang for my buck. I would like to spend about $2k...
If gaming is your main prrpose of this computer then you could get the i5-2500k and save yourself about $90 bucks , which you can put towards a GTX 580 also you can get a much cheaper motherboard and still have a lot of good features (more savings). I would also not go with Cooler Master for the psu , Antec would be a better choice.
If you plan to overclock then go with i7 2600k , i have an i7 2600 and i can oveclock him more then 4.2Ghz because is limited form factory.
Psu can go with this : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... you don't need 1200w , so i sugest you 1000w is enough even for 570 SLI.
Also I'd spend a few extra and get the Corsair H100. Tigerdirect has it for $99.00, I'm not sure about the shipping. I was in the store (Compusa) and it was the same price in the store. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
With the full tower you should have no problem mounting the H100.
A GTX 570 would have cost around $350 and now you can get a 580 and still have basicly the same components for less money and in fact a much better power supply and a great motherboard and a cpu that will perform at least the same as what you had.
Thanks for the input so far everyone. I will definitely look at the PSUs, but I do think I want to stay with the I7 2600k. I guess the biggest item im up in the air about is the mobo. I want a good mobo but I dont think i want to pay $340 for one. I will look into that ASRock but iv noticed there seems to be complaints about quality of the boards based on reviews.
if i were you i would left the graphics card area empty until next year because really isn't far from new releases... perhaps you can grab two 570s on cheap at those time... but since this is your new build... and you can even willing to buy a expensive motherboard like maximus iv extreme z while there are many choices available so why bother spending more on better... latest graphics card... compared to cheaper solutions...
What's wrong with your current case? As a few other have stated the i5-2500k is more bang for your buck. Also the new 560ti 448 core gpus are really nice. Slightly cheaper then the 570 and overclocked can be better.
Iv made a few adjustments...still kinda stuck with the mobo so I still have it in the build but newegg has it in a combo deal for $25 off. As for cases...I like full tower cases but I dont like to spend over 150-160 for one. I have an old coolmaster HAF, takes in alot of dust tho, even for cleaning it out every few weeks.