Also, I work for a company that custom builds PC's. We use all Intel parts (motherboards and processors), EVGA graphics cards, and Western Digital hard drives (Stay Away from Seagate, Samsung, or Toshiba!)
Sounds good. Most people aren't doing SLI nowadays but it's worth noting that Ivy Bridge does not support dual x16 when you use more than one pci-e slot so if that's something you might be interested in, probably want to look at the Sandy Bridge-E platform. Also get quad channel ram when you go that way.
A lot of the newer boards can actually do Triple or Quad SLI using a special chipset. You would have to go with an LGA 2011 board though
What's wrong with them if you don't mind my asking? I've had a Seagate external drive for years and it still works great, and I think my buddy's pretty happy with his Toshiba haha. J/w
It's not their external ones I have had problems with. When a person comes to my shop and brings in a laptop or desktop with a bad hard drive, it's almost always a Seagate. Also, all the systems we build use Western Digital drives.