If money is truly no object you wouldn't have an archaic mechanical storage device. Ever. If money is no object, you even keep your backups and isos on a external SATA 6g class SSD such that restoring a partition or reinstalling Windows is a whopping 25 second affair.
Also missing is from OP is SLI and no less than 64 GB RAM involved. 16 GB is pretty weak when 64 GB is only like $300 or so. It doesn't matter if you *need* it or not.
I'd also wait until next year and pick up a pair of U3013 30 inchers. Rumors of March '13? U3011s are long in the tooth, never buy anything at the end of it's lifespan. You want to get new technology at it's release so you can at least enjoy being on top for a little while for the money you've spent.
As for storage, I recommend an array of 256 GB class SSDs on a dedicated LSI 9260 RAID card. The 256 GB class drives are currently the highest performance. Performance with 512 GB drive seems to take a nose dive after that due to the fact that most controllers already saturate all their NAND channels with 256 GB so 512 GB increases the management workload of the controller while gaining no performance advantage.
Four or more 32nm toggle NAND 240 GB SF2281 SSDs is going to be the pinnacle of storage performance. How does almost 1 TB of storage at 2500 MB/sec and 300,000+ IOPS sound?
Also skip the i7-3960X, its been out ENTIRELY too long and you don't want to spend $1k on a chip at the tail end of it's life span and constantly see it's replacement everywhere for the same price. i7-3970X just retired it.
With that big case, you are better off with GTX680 SC type cards in SLI. Dual GPU cards are always handicapped compared to SLI and only make sense if you are crammed for space and only have room for a single card. Even just two GTX680SC/Classified factory cherry picked type cards will demolish a 690 which is the opposite: two UNDERCLOCKED GPUs.
If you want the ultimate home network, look no further than 10 gigabit Infiniband. 1000 MB/sec to your SSD based home SAN/NAS? Otherwise the onboard gigabit ethernet ports on the mainboard are fine.
Last edited by exdeath; 11-17-2012 at 01:21 AM.