Intel Nvidia Build, upgrading graphics in stages

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week

Budget Range: $1500 total, $1100 or so now

System Usage from Most to Least Important: College work, games such as SWTOR and Diablo III, maybe some 3d modeling with blender and a small amount of C programming.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Location: San Diego, CA

Overclocking: Yes (first time)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (down the road)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I currently only have a laptop, I am getting ready to go to college and would like a desktop that will last a long time and will be capable of playing newer games for a while.

This will be my first time building a computer. I am planning on not purchasing a graphics card for another couple of months. At that time I would be able to spend $300 on the card. I am planning on later purchasing a second graphics card and a SSD when I have the money and the need. That is why I am wanting to make sure I have a motherboard that will allow me to use the intel HD graphics at this time and run dual Nvidia cards later.

Asus 24" 1080 monitor $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236102

Antec Nine Hundred $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Corsair 750w PS $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

Intel 3570K $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $175
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295

Coolermaster Hyper 212 $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

G Skill Ripjaw 2x4GB $46
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Western Digital Caviar Black $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Asus DVD-RW $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

I appreciate any comments or suggestions. Thank you.
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  1. I am going to make this purchase tomorrow afternoon unless I find an incompatibility. The plan is to buy the case, monitor, motherboard, cpu, cooler, hard drive, dvd drive, ram and psu. I will use that for a while, then in a couple months buy a graphics card, then buy a ssd, then buy a second graphics card.
  2. You are wasting time by buying parts so spread out. I don't think you understand the concept. No need to CF/SLI unless the GPU is very limiting for what you do.
  3. I do not plan on running two video cards right away, I just want to make sure that the parts I pick now will support it if I have a need later on.
    The only parts I am buying spread out are the graphics card and possibly a SSD. I need a desktop soon, I would rather have a more powerful desktop and deal with integrated graphics for a month or two then buy a nice $300ish graphics card.

    If I buy a graphics card now staying in my $1000ish budget I would have to make compromises somewhere else.
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