Do you think for a 1000$ I could get the Asus SLI board, and maybe a 6800 ULtra?(Planning on going to dual ultras) or a GT at the lowest? U could maybe even down size the ram to 512 to fit costs, I could easily upgrade that later.
asus ali delux - 189
xfx 6800gt - 354
total = 543
457 for ram proc and case/psu - ouch...
1GB ram Kingston Value ram, latency 3(not bad)
proc - 3500+ for $267
leaves just $95 for a case roomy enough, and psu powerful enough. HA!
ok - pay up $30 extra, and nail the components to a wall.
you wont even need a fan, use a standing fan and blow air over the components.
ok - assuming overbudget by $200...
that makes $295 for a decent case and psu...
for a psu, the previous antec for 126, or psus from enermax, pcpower and cooling sparkle etc. Do your homework if you dont go with a suggested psu. assume $120
case - look around. I like the aluminum cases from skyhawk - dog cheap at $40. you can look higher to lian li and coolermaster, or just find something that you like. For 1200 however, you're not going to be able to fit in 2 6800gts. Not without some major cut backs. i.e. crappy ram, way way slower proc etc.
for some cheaper cases, check out newegg's clearance section - quite huge.