Are you buying a monitor: No (Already got 2 24" Toshiba Flat Panel TV's @ 1080p (I know it's not ideal but was a great deal)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card) - The way I figure, from reading about a million posts, is that this is definitely bang-for-buck and since my monitors are not anything special then for my modeling it will suffice - as the video card doesn't have anything to do with actual processing speed...
(Not sure if the extra Gb/s and better read/write speed is worth it - comments?)
Parts to Upgrade: First Time Build - All parts will be purchased NEW
Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Probably Windows 7 Home Edition)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, Amazon, Manufacturers
Location: Honolulu, HI - USA
Parts Preferences: Top Quality Name Brands (but middle of road priced product)
Overclocking: Maybe (What exactly does this mean?)
Additional Comments: Still need a Case (smaller probably better but aesthetics may trump size - keep it kinda cheap if can), Need a Power Supply (I know nothing of these), Need cooling system? (Liquid cooling or other - suggestions would be nice), Optical Drive, Speakers, Network Card?
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Tired of MAC - switching to PC - want to do it "myself"
Here is a build that will suffice it comes just under budget and has a sweet case i have one. You only need 16gb of ram 32 is for video editing and really consuming programs in the Professional field. liquid cooling as i see is still not mature enough to be really valuable. overclocking is where you make the cpu run faster but at higher temps. and power same with graphics card.
this list is just for the prices you can still get from newegg and amazon
Right on! Thanks for that... so, if I keep the mobo and RAM I already bought then everything else you used will be okay? - I'm maxing out the RAM cuz it's something I've been obsessed with for a while and can't seem to get off it...
is that video card a personal preference or do you think it's better than the GeForce one I listed?
happy to take your advice on power supply, case, cooler, hard drives and optical drive (unless someone else tells me any different)