BumbleBritches57, on 13 April 2012 - 15:46, said:
I would also wait a few weeks on the CPU, Ivy Bridge is literally right around the corner.
Yup agreed, wait a few weeks and see if it's worth it. 20% performance gains will be nice for small increment in price. It's a shame to build a computer now and then the CPU comes immediately 'not current'.
I would advise against SLI. Heat, noise and difficulties playing some games will cause you quite a lot of frustration. The MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr has a great non-reference design cooler which will mean it's quieter and cooler.
For me, having a quiet but effective CPU cooler, either the Coolermaster H100/H70 or the NH-D14. Couple them 2x Scythe Typhoons and a speed controller for a very quiet push pull setup. I do not recommend the NH-D14 if you are considering to overclock.
As for case, I have a full tower FT02 which is an excellent spacious case. The Fractal Design ones you mention are very nice as well. Go for the biggest you can fit to increase the amount of airflow.
Invest in a mechanical keyboard, there are many reviews around and if you're okay with the noise (see Youtube videos if it's a problem), these are a very nice buy for a gamer and casual typist.
Invest the biggest SSD you can afford, minimum size 240GB. This should be your 'boot drive' and where you load your applications and games from. I recommend Intel's 830 series as they have the best track record for reliability of any SSD manufacturer. Perhaps a 2nd SSD if you think you need more space for things that you normally use (e.g. if you have an DSLR camera and lots of pics, movies, etc).
I'm not in the US, so it's difficult for me to put together a system without knowing how far above/below I'm over/under your budget.