SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet/work, movies, video/MP3, amateur CFD/CAD, experimenting, programming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: N/A
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: at least 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build. I would like to know if I've picked quality components that are compatible before I buy them. I've spent the past week or so researching. I know I can save money going with AMD. I think I would rather have an intel system though. Also, I was previously considering a 5770. I like the idea have having eyefinity, but I wouldn't have multiple monitors right away. I don't game, so I'm thinking having CUDA is more in line with what I'd like to use the computer for. 6GB might be a bit much too. I would just like a fast computer that I won't need to mess with for several years.
Overall, an excellent build. Everything there is just right for what your doing. Getting an ATI card would be a mistake, as while they excel at gaming, media and multiple monitors, they're pretty bad for CAD. The 460 is a great card.
6 GB is generally considered the minimum for i7 systems. The only amount below that would be 3 GB, which wouldn't make a very good system. The only thing I'd change is to pick up this Corsair XMS3 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 set of RAM. They'll run a touch faster, and after the rebate (which Corsair's been good about in my experience) they're the same price.
If you needed to lower costs and were sure you don't want to add a second 460 later, you could switch the HDD/PSU combo to this one: F3 1 TB and OCZ Fatal1ty 550W. That would save you $20.