$1500-2000 rendering/gaming computer

Approximate Purchase Date: A few months from now. (summerish)

Budget Range: $1500-2000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Non-3D Video editing and rendering (full HD), after effects rendering, Good quality gaming

Parts Not Required: Everything outside of the tower

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (however if parts are cheaper elsewhere, I'm ok with anything)

Country: Canada, so preferably Canadian sites as Duty from crossing the border is a pain.

Parts Preferences: Completely up for grabs here

Overclocking: Maybe... I am new to building computers and I've run into the topic of overclocking a lot, although I don't know how to do it, I was going to look into it some more. (links to articles or whatever could help)

SLI or Crossfire: I'm not sure of the differences, whatever fits my needs better.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 preferably 2 monitor output, however if 3 can be thrown in, I could use it.

Additional Comments: I don't care for anything not needed, Ex. a simple case would suit me. Also I am new to building like I said before, but I do understand how most parts of a computer work. Thank you for any help you can offer.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz ($299.79 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Scythe Ninja 3 SCNJ-3000 ($34.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ($177.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 CAS9 1.5V F3-1333C9D-16GAO ($98.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Hard Drive: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" ($179.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC ($559.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Case: Silverstone Temjin SST-TJ04B-E (Black) ($159.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: Corsair HX 750W 80Plus Silver/Gold Modular ($129.99 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Total: $1857.43
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-06 16:05 EDT-0400)

    I don't know what you mean by simple case, but I thought that maybe you meant simple looking and I thought if you've got a substantial budget then you should spend a lot on the case. But if the TJ04-E isn't simple enough you could 'downgrade' to the Antec Three Hundred Two or Cooler Master CM 690 II or anything else you like.

    The Nvidia GTX 680 supports three monitors, you have to use the HDMI, Displayport and one of the DVI ports.
    With AMD 7000 series GPUs you have the option of four monitors if you use both mini-Displayport ports as well as the HDMI and DVI ports. You will also have the option to run six monitors off one card when MST hubs show up.

    The motherboard and PSU support SLI/CF, so you have the option to add a second graphics in the future if you want, you could probably save some money in these areas if you don't want this option.

    I have included a CPU cooler to keep temps and noise down. If you decide against overclocking then you could do away with this. Also if you decide against overclocking then you could just get the non-K i7 (i7-2600 or i7-3770).

    You could get an Ivy Bridge i7-3770K, but I'm not sure if it's worth ~$50 more than the i7-2600K and there are problems with overheating when overclocking the i7-3770K.
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