Vector Graphics (AutoCAD) and 3D rendering strongly favor Intel and nVidia, fast low CAS memory (Mushkin Redline CAS 7) . The SSD was the best there was, two generations back(Vertex 3 later this mont) . For 3D rendering, quadro is where the action is at but if you are only doing moderate level work, grab the best ya can afford with CUDA capability.
If ya get WD, performance demands should steer you to the Black, alternates would be Seagate 7100.12 and Spinpoint F3.
I apologize for not posting according to the rules beforehand, so here is that part:
Approximate Purchase Date: asap
Budget Range: 1300-1700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d modeling and rendering, vector work, photo editing, cruising the web
Parts Not Required: mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Nvidia graphics card, monitor at least 23"
Overclocking: I don't know what this means/how to do it
SLI or Crossfire: Both, I believe (with the motherboard)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Looking to have a inexpensive and powerful computer, but I am willing to hear advice towards nicer parts if there is a substantial boost in speed or power involved. I am not looking to get a SSD now, since waiting for recently announced products may be a better decision.
I am wondering about a couple things:
1)what cables will I have to buy/how many? (hard drive, video card, wireless card, power supply connector?)
2)should I need a different power supply, if this case has one?
The i7 2600k goes with the 1155 socket, so you won't be able to use that 1366 board. The full selection of P67 motherboards doesn't seem to be available yet, but that should change given a week or two? I would go with something generally like this:
CPU: i7 2600k ($330)
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 or Gigabyte P67 UD4 ($180)
PSU: Corsair TX 650 ($80 AR) or Antec TruePower 650 ($80)
RAM: 8 GB (2x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws, 1600 MHz, CAS 7 ($145)
GPU: Insert Quadro or GeForce?
Middle-high end graphics card. Should you ever decide to play a game. Also comes with plenty of CUDA cores.
SSD: Wait for Vertex 3 and then get the 120 GB one for $250
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($65)
Case: CM 690 II
Monitor: the one you've picked ($190)
The total for that build would be $1320 without the card.
I don't know much about workstation graphics cards, so I can't really help with that. All I know is that they're usually very expensive for reasons other than the card packing more theoretical horsepower than a cheaper GeForce.
What I'm wondering is if you can't get a middle-of-the-road GeForce like a $250 GTX 560 Ti (driving the total to $1570) and utilize its CUDA cores to get the performance you need in your rendering applications. This would definitely make your system more versatile because you'd be able to play games if you ever felt like it. But maybe I'm only thinking this way because I built mine with games in mind. Maybe it makes more sense to put down $400 or so on a better professional card than the $170 you have listed. This would drive the total up to $1720, which is just a tad over your budget.