I've come up with the following build, and I'd really appreciate any suggestions you might have:
Approximate Purchase Date: Early-mid January (after Radeon 7xxx release to see if there's a price drop)
Budget Range: $1,000 - $1,200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim, Diablo 3, LoL, etc.)
Parts Not Required: Monitor (1080p Vizio), Mouse & Keyboard, Optical Drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, Microcenter
Parts Preferences: Intel processor, slight preference for Nvidia GPU
SLI or Crossfire: Yes; I plan on buying one decent card now, and adding another in six months or so
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I don't play super-GPU-intensive games (no FPSs at all), it'd be nice to have a system that can be competent for 3-4 years (after adding another $200ish GPU in SLI/Crossfire somewhere down the line)
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 750W 80+ Silver (Modular)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Combo: $230
(These are probably the pieces I'm least sure about; without having any experience on my own, it seems like modular power supplies were really helpful in cutting down clutter in the box; for the case, I was attracted by USB 3.0 on the front, a switch to turn off the LEDs, and the filters over the front/bottom mesh -- my roommate has a cat who sheds everywhere).
a) cut the small wires that power them(it is easy just follow it around the fan....). also make sure they do not short out or things will get ugly.
b)i guess no.that mobo has "almost" every good feature.you should be fine
Fractal cases are awesome IMO.Arc midi is one of the best.it is a personal choice.900 has greater airflow whereas Arc midi has better watercooling capabilities and is more silent.this one is a great case too- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
if you want to watercool in near future than go with Arc midi otherwise this one will do your job fine.