System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Animation
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, monitor, speakers, mouse.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: Intel processor/motherboard, radeon gpu
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200+
Additional Comments: silence is preferred but not necessary, I want a beast of a computer that can take care of all of my animation needs as well as entertain me to the fullest extent with seamless gaming on highest quality graphics. Games like SWTOR and BF3 and Skyrim are among my collection. I also plan on dual-monitoring for best animation efficiency.
My build so far, although I have never actually built one before now (so please forgive any naive mistakes), is as follows:
pretty good and solid just needs minor changes for example i would recommend haf x or nzxt phamtom more airflow i had them and i think haf x is the best case i ever had and change mobo to asus brand asrock die out quickly (has happened to me) and also i recommend g skill ripjaws x for ram instead of g skill sniper series and you forgot the power supply aka psu and i would choose one xfx 7970 the new 79xx series instead of the 6970 and later crossfire since they are $550 each
Your CPU won't have better gaming performance than the MUCH cheaper i5-2500K. The i7-2600K and i7-2700K are faster than the i5s mainly just because of their hyper-threading and games just don't use that many threads right now so they all perform identically. You get the same performance but save almost $200 by switching to the i5-2500K. If you want a more future proof CPU than even the i5s then get the i7-2600K, it is almost as fast as the i7-2700K in every way but is still about $100 cheaper. The 2700K is just a slightly higher binned 2600K if I'm not mistaken, hence the close performance.
I also recommend the XFX 7970s. The more expensive one is factory overclocked and probably overclocks even further better than the cheaper XFX card.
However, since I plan on doing animation, my processor will have to be stronger than is needed for just gaming as it is more intensive, especially over multiple monitors. However, if you believe that the i5-2500k would be enough for advanced facial imaging and graphical processing, then by all means i would greatly appreciate the lower strain on my wallet. So any opinions on that?
go for an AMD fx 8350 if you're going to overclock and use multiple programs at one time. The AMD blows any intel out of the water for its price, not to mention the mobo will cost you a lot less if you're going to crossfire 2 7970s... overclocking and multitasking AMD gets my vote. If you want a computer for gaming and/or showing off, then yeah, by all means, get an intel. But I just prefer AMD...