intel core2 quad @6600 at 3.4ghz
4gb geil black dragon ram
2x ati 5770 in crossfire
aprevia 680 watt psu
antec 900 case
2x 500gig harddrives in raid 0
2 lg dvd burners
3x 23in monitors
new build starting this week
core i7 2600k sandybridge (320$) the processor im going to get
budget is about 750usd
what i need to choose is
motherboard (prefer asus)
and video card (needs to be ati so i can run 3 monitors in eyefinity)
MSi z68a-GD80 (G3) mobo
8GB (2x4GB) G.SKILL RipjawsX 1600Mhz
SAPPHIRE HD 6950 (2GB) x2 in Crossfire or if it's a bit too much for you go with SAPPHIRE HD 6850/6870 1GB x2 in Crossfure, either of these 2 should be able to wipe the floor with any games in the market as well as other stuff too but if your just gaming and going to overclock, go with intel i5 2500K but if your not overclocking go with the intel i5 2400 (NON "K")
Only if you're sure you want to spend that much on transcoding. The 2500K wouldn't be much slower, and it'd save you a ton of money that you could put toward other hardware. Either way, get to a Microcenter if you can. They have the 2500K for $180 and the 2600K for $280.
Assuming you can make Microcenter:
$44 G. Skill Sniper 8gb 1600mhz RAM
$130 Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3
$330 Sapphire 2gb 6970
$75 OCZ ZS 750W: enough for 6970 Xfire in the future.
This is $759 after rebates, and it fits your needs pretty well. You can't do a good multi-monitor setup on $750 with a 2600K.
Yep. It's worth it for people who do professional media work (video editing, CAD) and for whom money is little or no object. The 2500K should be plenty fast for your transcoding needs. It performs almost identically to the 2600K in gaming, and it'll allow you to do a decent gaming build as detailed above.