Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I get my tax return so, around the end of Jan.
Budget Range: $1200-$1400 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming
Parts Not Required: I need everything
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com
Parts Preferences: Intel for the CPU...everything else I am open to
SLI or Crossfire: Not at first...but will likely be upgrading the PSU and GPU with possible Crossfire/SLI around the same time next year. But for value sake, lets just so I wont be doing SLI or Crossfire for this build.
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 would be preferable
Additional Comments: No special needs with this. It could look ugly as I am more about performance rather than looks.
I was think either the 560 ti or the Sapphire 6970. I think I may used a 120gb SSD as my main drive right now for the OS and 1 or 2 games installed on it then get a 500 gb HDD a few months after building the computer.
All in all, though, adding what you suggested with the 6970 and the SSD in place brings me to $1347...very manageable. All I have to do is add in a keyboard and mouse which might bring me to $1400.