First Build, need advice.

I have been planning for some time now to build a computer, and have lately been giving a gtx 480, so now i can put money towards other components. After a little bit of researching i am still having trouble on what to decide for a build. I have about $900 to spend on this project. I am planning on using the computer for pro-E, seeing as I'm am on of the designer of my robotics team. An i might use it for a bit of gaming though not much.

All the parts i have:
Case, i don't know the name of it because its like 10 years old, but it is meant to provide plenty of space for a gaming PC.
Video card: gtx 480
Monitor
Parts I'm thinking about buying or if it has a ? then i don't know what to get:
Motherboard: asus p8p67
CPU: i5 2300 2.8 ghz (quad core)
memory: ???
Hard drive: ???
cooling: ???

Any opinions will be helpful.
Thanks, someone
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  1. -Considering dual GFX cars in future ? If so, look for the Asus P8P67 pro ($185ish)

    -For CPU, is your Pro-E robotics program multi threaded ?
    i7-2600k is $325-ish
    15-2500k is $225-ish

    -Memory Corsair 2 x GB DDR3-1600 ($84-ish)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324

    -Hard Drive - unless you see something here that swings you accordingly, whatever is cheaper on buy day .... WD Black, Seagate 7200.12 or Spinpoint F3 ($65-ish)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/compare,1016.html?prod[2777]=on&prod[3016]=on&prod[2365]=on

    Cooling - Stock cooler is fine w/ overclocks up to 4.3 GHz (2500k) / 4.6 GHz (2600k)

    That's only $660 w/ the i7

    But w/ $900 to spend, here's an entire build for $699 less GFX card. Stuffing new components into a 10 year old case is bound to be frustrating and back then cases were generally not designed for the heat output of a GTX 480.

    Case - $70 - Antec 300 Illusion http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    PSU - $65 - XFX 650 XXX Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131682
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 0GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590
    DVD Writer - $20 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


    For $45 more add cooling:

    Cooler - - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080

    Notes:

    1. The P8P67 pro is not yet back in stock at newegg.
    2. The 650 watt PSU can not handle the 2nd GFX card that the MoBo is capable of holding. Adding a 2nd 480 would require a quality 900 watter. Selling the 480 and grabbing two 900MHz GTX 560 Ti's could be handled by an XFX Black Edition 750 watter.
  2. Don't worry about the case, i know it can handle it. i have already checked. I'll post some pics of it if you would like, but i don't think it necessary.

    About pro-E, it is now called Creo, here is a link to the specifications it needs : http://www.ptc.com/WCMS/files/77552/en/proewf5.pdfThis is the older version, i couldn't find the updated version of it. but anyway, this will show you what the program need to run. If you don't know what Pro-E/Creo is, it is a 3d modeling program that tends to get cpu/gpu intensive

    I am thinking of possibly (in the future) upgrading it to duel video cards. but that will wait, and i don't need to worry about that.

    note: under current condition i am not allowed to sell the gtx 480. It was a donation to my robotics team. so i will use the card in my computer for a year and after then I'll have more money and will probably do what you suggested and go with duel video cards.

    Thanks for the reply, if there is any more info you need to extract from me just ask. I like the set up you have put together.
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