This is going to be my build, for the most part once i return from deployment. I am looking to see if i can get a nice, BIG, clean looking custom case that will fit all this and be AIR COOLED and have the ability to be liquid cooled down the road.
CPU Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core $499.98
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 $82.36
Motherboard Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 $419.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $91.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $89.99
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD $134.99
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 690 4GB $1017.48
Case Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower $146.76
Power Supply Corsair 950W ATX12V / EPS12V $104.34
Optical Drive Lite-On iHES212-08 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $82.28
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $129.98
Some parts are not really balanced. For example, you are willing to spent almost 1k on a CPU and board, but pair it with just 1600 Mhz RAM. Same goes for the PSU. You could spent a little more on that one, to get a more solid, modular one with high efficiency.
What do you want to do with your PC?
If it's mostly gaming; some streaming and video editing, both the CPU and motherboard are absolute overkill. If you absolutely want Hyper Threading get an i7-3770K and a Z77 board.
Two single GPUs (680s in your case) are better than one 690. Which is two 680s on one PCB, but with slightly lower clock rates. Besides being easier to maintain, power efficiency and heat are easier to manage with two separate GPUs, too. They also cost less.
Saving money on the CPU and especially board will leave more room for a larger SSD or even better two SSDs, which would allow you to use one for the OS and the other one for games or programs you use. Leaving the HDD just for storage.
Ram over 1600 isnt really a big difference in performance though is it? and as for the 690 GPU i really like that one and i hear it is better performance wise than two 680's and it has lower voltage output / electricity. I dont need a big SSD i will just use it for the OS and main programs i use. but the HDD is just for storage anyways
Do they have to be watercooled or can i use fans? What would be a nice spacious case but low priced? are there any other custom case places like them out there?
You are definately not restricted to water on those cases, Mountain Mods also provides, at additional cost, fan grills and other accessories to clean up the case look. They will also make custom side panels if you have a specific fan configuration. I thought I had some other options around but they all seem to be links for modifying.
Before going to Mountain Mods website, check out this review of the Pinnicle 24 which looks to be the most conservative case design http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWl-tTwAtQ0 but mostly it shows how to navigate Mountain Mod's flash customizing tool to best choose and see what you're looking at - then check out their site (wish I had seen this vid long ago) and use your imagination. I'll give you my personal view later