Approximate Purchase Date: few months from now (2-4)
Budget Range: $800 - 1200 (7700TT)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Movies etc.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD (would need a SSD to run windows on not a big one, 60GB SDD would work fine), CD / DVD Burner
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Parts Preferences: Intel core i5 2500k (don't think I have the money for a i7 )
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I'm not to sure what motherboard I should get for my build (I like anything ASUS makes.. z68 or p67 which is better?). what I'm looking to get out of this build is to able to run the new games out ( BF3, Batman: Arkham City , etc.) on ultra settings.
1. get a good 750 or 600 watt power supply, like a Corsair, seasonic, or antec.
2. look at some of the asus p67 motherboards, and chose a good one
3. Stick with the i5, the i7 will not show any significant gains in gaming performance
4. Get 8gb of some good ram, it is not expensive. A good brand is Corsair.
5. Choose a gpu, a hd7870 will probably do all that you need, it will run all the games you listed @full hd (1920x1080). Other choices are a hd7950 or a gtx 680 (but that is expensive, so wait for the 670 and follow up models to be released).
Note: if you go with a hd7870 or hd7950 you should be ok with a good 600watt psu (go with 750 for future upgrades), if you want to overclock, or run crossfire, or sli you will need to go for a bigger psu, like 750watt will be fine for dual hd7870's, or a single one with a overclocking of cpu or gpu. If you want some more power supply calculations, see some benchmarks, or use a psu calculator like: www.extreme.outervision.com
Yep no problem. My build would better as you have Dual channel vs quad channel that Sandy Bridge Z68 boards don't support. You get the better board as mentioned, and you have a PSU that's cheaper but offers practically the same amount of power.
^+1 But that wouldn't be a route to go imo. Mainly because the 7870 and 7850 are released and offer similar performance but with even lower power consumption, better overclocking, lower temps and higher performance depending on the card.