This is going to be my first build. I've been saving up for awhile (2 years almost). I've done my best to research in that time and this is what I want my system to look like.
Please be gentle.
Already Have: Keyboard, mouse, monitor
Usage: Gaming (1080p, eventual upgrade to 2560 x 1600), Video Transcoding, NAS
Overclocking: Yes, but down the road, 2-3 years later after the system starts to feel sluggish
Preferred shopping places: Newegg (no tax), TigerDirect (no tax), Amazon, Microcenter, Ebay (in that order)
Preferred Brands: Asus for MB, EVGA for GPU, SeaSonic for PSU, Samsung/Intel/OCZ for SSD/HDD
The SSD is so large because I have a ton of games and I don't want to have to constantly uninstall and reinstall (I'm very fickle). I like the Cosmos case because it has a cover for the power button which my children like to press so I kind of need that feature. I would get an AMD card, however the extra heat, noise, and power draw for the performance they don't have seems like a waste of money. I need the wireless card because the computer is far from the router. I would like to have it by Mid-June to Mid-July time frame.
Couple of questions:
Should I wait for the Formula V Z77 board from Asus or EVGA's Z77 FTW board?
Should I wait for the GTX 680 4GB or the August GTX 685 (rumored next-gen Gk110)?
Should I spring for SeaSonic's Platinum 1000W?
Since the parts are hard to come across (GPUs, mainly) should I just pay the price premium to a system builder like CyberPowerPC or iBuyPower?