I am planning on building a new gaming rig hoping to support high end games on their maximum settings, i.e.: BFBC2, Diablo 3, etc. This will be my first build, ever. I would appreciate all and any friendly advice. I have been reading several posts about building gaming rigs but still, this realm is very new and extremely unfamiliar to me. I have heard great things of the Intel i7 2600k Sandy Bridge and the ability to overclock to speeds of 4.6ghz or so. (I read this was relatively easy in which case I will be attempting to do). Thanks in advance! Please be patient!
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))
Budget Range: <$2000: Rebates appreciated
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video streaming (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime), photo/movie processing, internet browsing.
Parts Not Required: N/A
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com (I have several gift cards )
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia (I grew up on these...that's as far as my knowledge of these products go unfortunately)
SLI or Crossfire: I was reading about the EVGA GeForce GTX 580ti 448 Core Classified Ultra as being a great gfx card, will take any suggestions from the peanut gallery.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200; I need a monitor as well.
Additional Comments: I would prefer a quiet PC. Longevity is of interest as well. I would like to get the "best bang for my buck" in terms of having a rig that stays up to par in being able to run games in the future for about 5 years (I understand how difficult that may sound, but I suppose I could dream).
I think the graphics card you were referring to is probably the GTX 560Ti 448 cores, not the GTX 580Ti 448. The GTX 560Ti 448 would be good in terms of performance but I'd aim for something less power hungry if you want a quiet PC. The HD 7850 2GB gives similar performance while consuming less power, meaning it will probably be quieter.
I would avoid overclocking if you want something quiet as well, perhaps just leave it open as an option and do it when you need to.
An i7 will have almost no benefit over an i5 in games and the i5 is far cheaper too.
If you want something truly quiet, I'd get something like this:
Intel Core i5-3570k
2x4GB G.Skill Ares 1600Mhz
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
ASUS HD 7850 2GB
Intel 520 Series 180GB
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM
Seasonic X-560 560W
Antec P280 Mid Tower Case
EDIT: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
ASUS DVD Burner
Total would be around $1300-1400 for the system itself. Now you could use a higher end graphics card here but as a rule, high end graphics cards aren't quiet. The reason for this is that they consume far more power than mid range models and therefore become a lot harder to cool so the fans have to work quite hard. The HD 7850 though is very power efficient, you can still get ultra high settings @ 1920x1080 on any current game while consuming close to half the power of much higher end cards.
With the rest of the cash I would get a full retail copy of Windows 7 Home Premium (this version allows you to reinstall at a later date without having to buy a new copy). Should should bring you to ~$1500, I would then get a nice IPS monitor like the Dell U2412M.
After all of that you still have ~$200 for speakers, mouse and keyboard. These however are personal preference so I'll leave that to you.
Those cards would give better performance but will be louder and more expensive. If you want a truly quiet PC I'd stick to the HD 7850. If you think you can cope with a bit more noise, the GTX 670 is a much better performer.