$2000 New Build

Approximate Purchase Date: October or November. It's a couple months from now so I understand prices will change but I want to get an idea of what to look for and how much I'll be spending ahead of time.

Budget Range: $2000 there is good wiggle room

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing, photo editing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is my number one

Location: Washington State, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Overclocking the CPU

SLI or Crossfire: If I buy a 670 I'll SLI in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 eyefinity right now but I'll be looking for a single 2560x1440 eventually. Just not as big a fan of 3 monitors as I thought I'd be.

Additional Comments: Should I spend the extra money now and go with a GTX 690 or go with a 670 SLI a couple months down the road? I'd prefer a single card. I'll be doing a lot of editing with both fraps and footage captured with my dslr as well.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Just got the job I've been chasing for a few years so I want to reward myself after I get situated.

The only thing I've really selected is the case.

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($437.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1464.75
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-25 03:27 EDT-0400)
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    Add another GTX 670. He'll be buying a 2560x1440 monitor.
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