APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks
BUDGET RANGE: Total: Around $1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Microsoft Office Suite, ProEngineer, Maple13, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Photoshop CS4, Blue-Ray Movies, Light Gaming (not online)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, Additional parts already purchased see below
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No difference, will most likely buy from local MicroCenter and if not available, online from NewEgg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: I want quality parts which will last and probably be able to be used in a future build
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: N/A, 24” Samsung monitor, so 1920x 1200?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am finishing up my degree in engineering, so I would like to build a computer which will last a few years and have the capacity to run a few engineering programs like ProE and CFD software. In terms of gaming I do enjoy playing games like MW2 and BioShock, but general do not play online and if I do it is just for fun. I would like system that can be central to my home/apartment, so the capacity to run cable through it to watch TV, decent sound output, etc… Also as you can probably tell this is my first build.
PARTS ALREADY PURCHASED:
CPU: Intel Core i7-860
PSU: Corsair TX 750W
SSD: Intel X-25V 40 GB SSD
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB
OS: Microsoft Home Retail
DVD Drive: Lite-ON 24x DVD Writer with Light Scribe
FOR FUN: Corsair H50 Water Cooler
MB: Want a good quality brand like Asus, Gigabyte, or EVGA
GRAPHICS CARD: No idea, maybe a 5770 or something smaller until the new Nvidia cards come out?
MEMORY: Thinking Corsair XMS3 4 GB, just general 1.5 v, 1333 memory, not overclocking, so not worried about speed.
CASE: No idea, I need something that will work with the Corsair H50, but I have been looking at everything from the Antec 300 to the Corsair 800D. I would like something black, with a nice clean professional look, maybe a window, looked at the HAF and some antec cases and wasn't too impressed. Looking for something a little more boring, like Lian-Li, Silverstone, Cool Master, and Corsair.
BUDGET: for these remaining parts is around 600$. I was thinking MB around $150, memory $100, GC $200, and case ?? I welcome any comments! Thanks for the help!
***EDIT: I really don't have a budget, I just want good quality parts which will last, be stable, without wasting money.