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Need help building a new gaming pc

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am new here so hello everybody :unsure:
My previous computer was a centrino duo laptop that ran a Radeon mobility 1600 card, it lasted me 4 years+ and am expecting this new PC to be much better an last more than that, my budget is 1800$ and I want the pc in order of importance for; gaming, running a virtual mac for software development, 3ds max and watching movies.

the 1800$ is flexible and am pretty much a noob when it comes to pcs, I wasgoing to buy an Alienware m18x but it would cost double what a built pc with same/better specs would

so lets get into parts. processor wise, should I get an Intel i7 2600k or an i5? I know that i7 are capable of hyperthreading but am not sure what that is and if its good for intel virtualization/3ds max/ multiple monitors ;/
http://www.egprices.....php?q=intel i7

Graphic cards: am going with a GTX 580 and when its no longer enough I'd Get another one for Nvidea SLI
http://www.egprices....h.php?q=gtx 580

G.skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 CL9 v1.5 Dual Channel Memory Kit, as you can see from the link below ram prices are nearly triple those on Amazon so at only 40 dollars higher it seems like a good choice, of course I have no idea if its a good one or not ;D
http://www.egprices....p?q= (2 x 4GB)

case, motherboard, PSU, coolers; please search for a brand on
http://www.egprices.com/ and see if a particular piece is available or not or if it is too pricy compared to us price and therefor not worth it (every 100$is 600 pounds)
http://www.egprices....=Samsung PX2370
I want the case and motherboard capable of handling multiple video cards

monitor: Samsung PX2370 I like this one because it is available, at a non rip off price too! it looks good an I've rea its easy on the eyes which is important for me

I don't want a blu ray reader/writer for now, I'd settle for a Dvd one.

The os isn't included in the budget, I don't have a gaming mouse/keyboard/headset but even if 1800 is not enough am open to suggestions

am going to buy/build it in late September/early October, and if you haven't figured it out already am limited to parts available on eg prices (but if you don't find it there or don't want to bother check please don't be put off by this and just suggest what you think is best I'll do the checking availability/prices)
I know am asking for too much so thanks in advance to anyone willing to spend sometime helping me out :)
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So here's more to go on

GTX 590
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB
Samsung PX2370
Asus P8Z68-V PRO.
cooler master Storm enforcer case
Cooler Master Silent Pro 850w PSU pp
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
Cooler Master V6GT CPU cooler

will the case handle gtx590 sli in the future? is cooling sufficient? anything not compatible?
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Hi NotFound :)
Not sure what country you reside in but in any event I find using the Newegg website the most helpful and informative for both myself and those seeking guidance, I have added some notes beside the components giving an idea why I have suggested them;
Case $99.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129021 Good cooling and room for future upgrades.
MB $159.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813130574 Sli as you requested.
CPU $299.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115071 Awesome performance.
Ram $99.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231468 Fastest Ram for the MB.
SSD $104.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820227728 Faster boot up time + added storage space.
HDD $89.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136533 Plenty of space for media and backing up.
GPU $249.88 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130610 *Better bang for your buck.
DVD $20.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204 Basic burner as you requested.
PSU $109.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139021 ** A quality PSU is vital.
TOT $1235.41 leaving you a budget of the equivalent of US$546.59 for W7, a monitor, gaming mouse, keyboard and headset.

*I know you stated you wanted the GTX580 but I feel it is overpriced in comparison to the card I have suggested.
**The PSU is always the last component that you decide upon so that you can make sure you have enough good, clean and stable power that has at least an 80% efficiency rating, I recommend the Corsair PSU calculator;
http://www2.corsair.com/psufinder/ and before purchasing a CPU or Ram check them for compatibility at the MBs website (CPU and Ram details tabs).
Also do not forget to include purchasing some TIM (thermal interface material) in your budget, see the tutorial written by Digerati @ http://www.geekstogo...rface-material/ and for help with the build the tutorial courtesy of Troy and Artellos respectively http://www.geekstogo...r-own-computer/
I hope you find the above helpful and let us know what you decide upon or if we can assist in any way.

NB: A cautionary note, not only is using an after market CPU cooler not required but also using one will invalidate any warranty that Intel or AMD provide.
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