New Build $2000 gaming rig

Recently I was asked to build a friend an new gaming PC with a budget of $2000.

Primary uses will be:
Minor OC

My primary goals in the build are to make sure that it can handle everything currently and is set up to last as long as possible with upgrades as needed. I don't want him to have to replace major components (i.e. Motherboard, Video card) with in the 3-5 years. Also, to allow for crossfire in the future.

I hope that posting a wishlist is acceptable if not I can break it apart and post individual links.

Let me know what you guys think.
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  1. I am sorry that I didn't use the default template in the original post I will add it here.

    Approximate Purchase Date: the next week or two

    Budget Range: $2000 give or take a little

    Parts Not Required: Not included in this build are CD drives Monitor keyboard and mouse

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

    Country: US

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type I am going with the sandy cpu but want the ability to upgrade to and ivy with out board swap

    Overclocking: Yes a little.

    SLI or Crossfire: either but I personally trend towards crossfire.

    Additional Comments: I went with the board that I did because it allows for 2 video cards to run at 16x/16x in crossfire when the second card is added. Do you think that rather than go for just one now I should use 2 cheaper cards? Would it impact performance much if the cards ran at 16x/8x, or even 8x/8x?
  2. Skip the velociraptor and get a 500Gb WD Black. Get a 128 Gb SSd.
    I wouldn't spend that much on a MoBo for gaming. A Gigabyte z77-Ud5h will do the job just as well.
    I wouldn't spend that much for a case either. Maybe a Corsair 400r/500r
    For PSU, the Corsair Professional Series 750 should be enough for your needs
    Get the Sapphire Radeon 7970.
  3. Why the 7950? Especially considering the most recent article "Best Graphics Cards For The Money: April 2012" states :

    The Radeon HD 7870 sets a new standard for what we expect from a sub-$400 GPU. With performance comparable to the GeForce GTX 580 and kissing the heels of the $450 Radeon HD 7950, this card represents one of the best high-end values we've seen in recent memory.
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    G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO <----- gtx 660's $313
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    ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard <----- another look at that board
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