So, a couple quick questions, then on to my perspective components list:
1) Would I be better served to try to find an expert to do this given the $$$ I plan to spend or is there a good chance I can manage this myself with a careful approach? (I should say that the primary reason for doing this myself is that I have not been able to find a stock built machine out there with the features I am looking for anywhere near a price point I can afford (and I have always wanted to build a machine myself)).
2) If I should look to have someone else build it, who would you recommend?? (site address appreciated).
OK, so here is what I have so far (Newegg and TigerDirect have been my points of reference for ordering up to now):
Case: Coolermaster Cosmos 1010 (#N82E16811119147) $249.99
Mobo: EVGA NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra (#N82E16813188025) $349.99
Processor: Intel Core 2 Ext. QX9650 (#N82E16819115034) $1,029.99
RAM: Patriot Viper 4GB DDR3 (#N82E16820220286) $344.99
PS: SilverStone OP1000 (#N82E16817256010) $249.99
Video Card: EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 8800Ultra (#N82E16814130346) $519.99 (add a second SLI later)
Physics Card: ASUS PHYSXP1 GDDR3 128MB (#N82E16814121015R) $99.99
OPtical Drive1: Samsung 20X DVD+RW w LightScribe (N82E16827151154) $30.99
Optical Drive2: LG 16X DVD+R Blue-ray RW (N82E16827136133) $179.99
Hard Drive: Undecided - need input (Raid 0 or mirror drives)
Raid Controller: ????
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 Digital (N82E16836121120) $262.99
Cooling: Need Help here also???? (CPU and Video???)
Well this is how far I have gotten. Thanks again for taking the time to consider and respond. I welcome any discussion on configuration options as well.