In my spare time, I have been doing hours upon hours of research on different components to see which would be an excellent high-end system primarily for gaming. I have never build a computer from scratch before, the best I've done is case+psu+cooling already in place. Below is what I am currently thinking for my new PC and would love any input you have about compatibility or if I have missed some components etc. I have also never used water-cooling before but I read that it's so much better than fans that I just can't ignore it, so if my cooling isn't enough or is overboard, let me know =)
Motherboard: P9X79 DELUXE
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3960k (don't think an extra $400 for a tiny bit better processor wasn't worth it for the x)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance/Dominator 32/64GB 1600/1866Mhz
Video Card: 2/3x EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC+ w/Backplate (still deciding on whether to bother with 3 - can't find mobo which supports 3 slots with pci-e 3 x16)
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W TPG-1050M SLI & CrossFire X Ready ATX12V 80PLUS Gold Active PFC ATX 1150 Power Supply TPG-1050M
Cooling: CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 240MM w/ Dual Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclcking Performance + Extreme Slient at 18dBA)
SSD: Corsair Force Series™ 3 240GB SATA 3 6Gb/s Solid-State Hard Drive (TRIM Support)
HDD: WD Caviar Green 2TB (didn't think I needed black if I'm using SSD for main drive)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower (haven't really researched cases...)
Monitor: 1/2 24" screens, haven't decided on this yet
OS: Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate
Again, a lot of this is just what I've read about in my spare time, but if I have screwed up somewhere and got some smoke and mirrors components please let me know, and I'm always up for ideas if you have a better idea for components. Budget doesn't bother me too much but obviously the less it is the more money I keep..
Price to Performance 1155 is much better. The cost of x79 is not worth it and to be honest its not much more future proof since it has only 1 more generation of cpu left. So even if you go x79 I highly doubt you are going to upgrade within the next year to Ivy Bridge-E. So what is the point of going for x79 if you probably won't upgrade again on the x79? Nothing so go with 1155 and then upgrade when Haswell the new platform comes out in a year or 2.
And again please fill the form we have no clue what specs/budget you have etc.
LGA 2011 isn't a bad socket, but I think they're overpriced based on how little performance difference there is between the i7-2600 and those procs. There are options out there for 3-way SLI for pcie 3.0 ports but the board aren't cheap. Based on the other parts you've spec'd, I am guessing that won't be that big of an issue.
SSD:I prefer the Intel 520 SSDs, but that Corsair will be sufficient performance-wise. I haven't read reviews on their reliability, only know which ones I have used that were rock solid (Samsung 830 & Crucial M4 series were also incredibly reliable).
HDD:WD's green series is meant for battery consumption - on a good note, the slower rpm speed usually leads to less failures but the difference is noticable. Blue is the middle of the road - you have the option for 7200rpm and they can perform. The Black series is meant to be their best of the best for consumer-grade drives.
Memory - You might want to check measurements for your cooler when mounted in that case. I usually recommend avoiding the taller heatsinks (like some of the dominator/vengence models). I love Corsair for memory, but you might curse if you don't have enough clearance to use them.
I'm not buying the computer yet, I'm just tossing up ideas with the knowledge of others for blueprints. The form you posted has a lot to do with building a computer and very soon.. learning stuff like the IB chipset is what I intended since I'm not very good with the future of technology.
Again - fill out the form;-) 1155 cpus and a good mobo and biggest part of budget for graphics will get you the best gaming computer. You don't have to wait for z77 or Ivy to have a great computer today. Just look at getting HD7970 or GTX680 - you can get 2 of each if you think you need it. Get one first but buy a quality power supply that will support 2 cards.