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Improve my custom science workstation build! Range - $2000 to $2800

This computer will be used for MATLAB computing, Adobe Illustrator, LabVIEW, and other scientific applications.
My main areas of concern are the case, PSU, cooler and RAM. Are there any better mid-tower cases than the NZXT Phantom 410 that aren't too expensive? I'm slightly confused on how to pick the best RAM for my build. I want a lot of RAM for large MATLAB files, and ASUS seems to have an interesting thing called RAMdisk, where RAM can be used as faster storage.

Next, are there better value PSUs and CPU coolers ? I learned the Corsair H100 doesn't fit the phantom 410, so I went with Noctua. Should I get a different case or stick with the Noctua? I'm planning to overclock, probably not much higher than 4.2 GHz. More details below

Without further ado, here is the build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($77.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($139.08 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($139.08 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.97 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor ($318.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2270.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 13:50 EDT-0400)

More details:
I went with two SSDs in RAID 0 for the multi-gigabyte files we transfer. 2 1TB drives in Raid 1 for backup (there's also a big server available, so I don't need too much space) I went with a mid-high end Nvidia GPU since I want to take advantage of MATLAB's GPU parallel processing (needs to be Nvidia). I already have thermal paste and OS available. The IPS Asus display is for poster work.
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    That psu is overpriced. You actually only need around 550 watts to power that system (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9). Also, to answer your question about the cpu cooler/case - I'd just stick with the noctua and the phantom (noctua is by far the best air cooler available). Other than that, your good to go.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($567.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($224.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($250.14 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($334.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1859.01
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-19 00:30 EDT-0400)

    You're getting more CPU power and less unnecessary drives. You don't need SLI 780s for what you're doing. The build comes under-budget so you can upgrade to a quadro card if you want.
  3. TBC1: Thanks, I'll get a lower wattage PSU.
    mastrom101: Thanks for the build - I'll definitely consider the i7-4930k, especially for the extra parallel computing power. I'll keep the two hard drives for backup, but maybe skip the extra SSD. I didn't get dual 780s though - just one 760.
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