This is my first time building a PC and I'm looking for advice/suggestions.
Approximate Purchase Date: I'm looking to place an order before this weekend (03/08/2013).
Budget Range: I would like to stay as close to the $1000-$1200 range as possible after rebates, tax, shipping, etc.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will mostly be used for gaming and internet browsing, probably writing a few papers or using photoshop now and then. I won't be doing any serious video/photo editing.
Games I will likely be playing: BF3, SimCity (the newest one), Crysis 3, Borderlands 2, and lots of other RPG's and first person shooters.
Parts Preferences: I would prefer to stick with and Intel processor and NVIDIA graphics card, though I could be persuaded to switch to a less expensive GPU if it will still run the above mentioned games well.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but I don't want to buy a more expensive motherboard for something I might not use.
Additional Comments: I would like to build a computer that can play most games on high settings. My budget is pretty strict right now though I may be able to add components in the future as I get more money. I have no idea what kind of monitor to get so I would really appreciate any recommendations. I don't need a $700 gaming monitor as I'm not really that serious of a gamer. I would like an LCD monitor that can display 1080p and is of a decent quality, if such a thing is in my price range.