Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PV7312G1600ELK
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply
Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speakers
Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 100 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse
LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM
Acer G235HAbd 23'' WideScreen LCD monitor
Total Price: $1,154.20
I made this computer as future proof as I could. I wanted it to have the latest and mostly greatest. Something that was a good mix of performance, updatability, and light on the bank account. I think it's a pretty good build given the price, however your input is appreciated!
My concern with waiting until April for SB, is that the money will be long gone by that time. :\ I'm not good with saving, haha. And yes, I will be usuing Win 7 x64/Linux probably. Not sure which distro yet.
The OS is all ready taken care of, I bought a copy at my local best buy(reward points). As far as workstation tasks, I'll be using this a lot for web/graphic design. I'm fairly sure photoshop and a few other programs I'll be using are CUDA accelerated. So yes.
Lot of problems...
First, your mobo is socket LGA1366, but you've listed a LGA1156 CPU (the i5-650).
Next, although I haven't seen their new one's tested, Raidmax is synonymous with "chokemax" when it comes to PSUs. A modern quality PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification. Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax are among the better brands.
LGA1366 processors use triple-channel RAM, like what you chose, but LGA1156 CPUs, like the i5-650, use dual channel RAM.
Finally, the HD5770 can certainly play games, but not new titles at highest settings on a 1920x1080 monitor. At the minimum, I'd suggest a 1GB GTX460, but if it fits in the budget, a GTX560 Ti is a much better choice, or a HD6950.
Lastly, for playing games, a lot of people find that cordless mice (and keyboards) introduce unacceptable lag and/or errors.
If you can wait, the fixed Sandy Bridge chipset may be available by April (that's for LGA1155, another socket entirely, also using dual-channel RAM). If not, for a single GPU the less expensive LGA1156 will provide decent gaming performance for a lot less than a system built around LGA1366.