First off, I just want to say how cool it is for you guys to take your time and share your knowledge with us rookies. That said, please keep in mind that I have been researching this build for weeks but I have never actually built one before... so go easy on me. And I do appreciate any advice or suggestions.
The main use of this PC will be for X-plane - and as we all know this program will max out just about any hardware you throw at it. However, my goal is to build a boss of a computer that will last a long time and that I can expand upon in the future (ie. 3 more monitors, controllers, (home cockpit)).
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: 2200-2700 total
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming. x-plane 10
Are you buying a monitor: No. (not right now). Using my 27" Apple Display (non-thunderbolt).
Do you need to buy OS: Yes. (Windows - 64 bit.) Specific Suggestions Appreciated.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: I'm in NYC.
Parts Preferences: No preferences -- just best performance.
Overclocking: Yes / Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 27":: 2560-by-1440
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Coming from my 2009 mac book pro... simply wasn't nearly enough on any level.
Yes, go for z77. x79 is overkill for gaming. You're just going to be paying alot more money for no benefit. It's typically better (but more expensive) to buy extra fans and do it yourself. It really all depends on the case you get.
The antec 1100 only has two exhaust fans included with it. That's why I recommend you buy extra 120mm fans if you decide to get that case. At your budget, I recommend to find a case YOU absolutely love...then present it here and I can help you with whether or not you'll need to purchase extra fans.
And if you plan on doing triple or quad SLI in the future, then no, the PSU wouldn't be enough. It will do two way sli no problem.
For the OS, you'll obviously want Windows 7. Much love to linux users out there, but Windows 7 is where it's at as far as a gaming OS. Windows 7 will cost you another $100...just get the home premium, that's all you'll need. Windows 7 can be obtained through other means if you know what you're doing...
If you plan on doing 3 or possibly 4 way SLI, try this PSU...
Interesting thought... You have advised a LGA2011 processor, and a LGA1155 Mobo. How does that work?
And then I suppose I should get different memory as well which is supported by the x79 platform.