-Get a 3570K or a 2500K, whichever is cheaper.
-Get a basic case, the 690 II seems good.
-Get a power supply that covers your needs perfectly. no more than 750W, 600W would be perfect for any one 28nm GPU. Corsair's TX series is cheap, and of high qualityMulti-GPUs:
-Get a basic 2x4GB 1600MHz RAM kit.
-Get a not-too-over-the-top motherboard. If you don't plan on multi-GPUs, don't buy a motherboard that supports it. This happens to support both single and dual, and is the cheapest.
-The 212+ or EVO is the best bang for your buck cooler. It performs 95% as well as high-end coolers, but at only $20-$30. The 212+ has less cooling performance, no matter how much you ramp up the fan, but the fan is quiet even at full tilt. The Evo's fan is loud even at 30%, though it pushes more air and has a better contact with the CPU. I'd go with the 212+ because it's quieter and cheaper. You do sadly sacrifice 1-2C of cooling though. In an area with no restriction, the Evo fan is quiet, but on a heatsink or hard drive cage, it slams air off metal in an annoying buzzing noise.
-Go cheap on everything else up to this point. Save the extra $5 towards 1866 RAM. Save the extra $10 towards a modular PSU. Put it all here. Try to cram at least a 660, or 7850 in here. AMD's 7900 series is very good for multi-monitor setups, but if you don't see that happening, don't get a 7900 series card. You'll just be wasting money on a 384-bit bus you don't need. My 660 currently pushes BF3 @ ultra w/ 2xMSAA @ 1080p. A 670 will improve greatly upon that. My 7850 could push the same settings, but with 4xMSAA. The 7850 OCs very well. Avoid Asus 7800 series cards. The cooler is the reason I have a 660 instead of the 7850 I used to have.
I think you can figure the rest out on your own. Seagate makes a very nice 1TB drive, but WD Blacks are the highest performing, at a price premium. I'd recommend an SSD for a boot drive anyway. Perhaps a 128GB Intel 330, or Sandisk Extreme, depending on how cheap they are.Edited by 267267123 - 12/13/12 at 1:39am