Alrighty... Where to begin?!
This would be a first post for me, so "Hello, how are ya?" I'm mildly experienced with PC's. By mildly I mean I have one build to my name and learned a few of the in's and out's. My current system is outrageously dated and unfortunately dying. Long story really.
All that being said, onto the build. For this build I'm not exactly setting a budget. Please don't confuse that with, "I want to buy a $900 processor". My budget is "within reason"
. Some things are currently set in stone such as my build WILL have an i7 and WILL be SLI and tri-SLI in the future however not right off the bat.
A few things this system will be used for: Everyday use, many many many hours of gaming and a workstation for Visual Effects / Computer Animation.
Now that last item on the list will be in the future, mainly the first part of next year. The reason I name it is for ease of preparation when it comes to selecting the hardware for this build NOW and replacing it in the FUTURE.
Here is a list of the items I've selected so far from my own limited knowledge:
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
ENERMAX Galaxy EVO EGX1250EWT 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Compatible w/Core i7 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Plus a storage drive yet to be determined.
Cosmos S Full-tower Case
Now as you can see, those aren't very 'daring' choices. After all my searching I still cant find which Mobo I want to settle for and more over that will determine the memory kit I get. Graphics cards are another story.... I was planning on going with HD4870 x2 to start with and maybe move elsewhere more powerful for my tri-SLI in the distant future, keep in mind these are my starting choice but if you the reader have a better option please present it!
The motherboard I am most drawn to is the EVGA X58 Classified E760.
Now I've never OC'd before but I do plan to get into it. I'm not going to get into the extreme stuff, just mild at best. As of right now this PC will START air cooled and over the year become fully Liquid Cooled
This is where you all come in! In light of the information I've given you, which direction should I go? I've still to pick out the memory I need and on top of that is my mobo a solid option when it comes to starting with Air cooling and mild Overclocking.
Thanks for your time and input!