I've found myself paid off for the semester, with no where to go because of a car accident I was in about a month ago. So with limited physical mobility and no car (and rather easy course load as I'm in that awkward transition phase from generalized classes to 400+ advanced and they are making me go back and take two classes every major must finish and both of them are jokes). Needless to say I'm gonna be near the computer a lot for the next year or so.
Anyways, Having decent insurance (both car and health) took care of things on that end, and due to a little luck, I have about $4000 extra after everything is squared away. At least 2k-3k of that I have put aside for a new computer tower. (I have a 30in. monitor and bose speakers already)
I've been researching CPUs, Graphics cards, extra fans, boards,case towers, RAM, thermal pastes, (almost?) everything to build my own rigg but I don't have any real experience in how it all comes together. So...
TLDNR : Recommend me a setup with something in the i7-950(or up) with either one or two graphics cards, that will pwn anything I throw at it and then some using 2k-3k dollars. 3k should be a hard cap, but you can squeek past it seeing as how I have a buyer for my old motorcycle, and if I put off ordering everything for a bit ill have even more income to throw at it.
Bonus if most of your recommendations can come from ecolleges i7 premade list.