System Usage from Most to Least Important: 2010 Autodesk Civil 3D, Photoshop CS5, office applications
Parts Not Required: mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: The Civil 3D program will be used 99% for 2D applications. This will be used in an office/work setting and multiple programs will be open at the same time. I work for myself so I do not need networking capabilities.
If youre not overclocking you could save money on the Motherboard, PSU and the cooler. If youre not overclocking or going SLI then that motherboard is overkill. Also if youre not overclocking, an aftermarket cooler is massive overkill. The PSU is fine but i think you could get away with 550W if you want to save money. My suggestion would be to forget the motherboard, CPU, PSU and cooler and get these instead:
the only reason I went with a cooler is I was thinking it would produce less noise that the stock fan.
Fair enough, if youre after a quiet cooler though i don't think Cooler Master are really known for that side of things. From what i've heard theyre more for the people who prioritise cooling over low noise. That might be a bit of a generalisation so you could just look at some reviews but also try looking at brands that are more low noise oriented. (Zalman, Fractal Design.)
You might want to consider buying dual screens for productivity. Once you switch, you never go back! When I added all the components together, I only got $1200 dollars which would leave enough wiggle room for that second monitor.
With the software that you have listed most likely you would do better with the Intel® Core™ I7 2600 or 2600K (if you overclock or will use the on-processor graphics). I know that it pushes your budget up a little but the 8 thread support for Intel Core I7’s should help out as the software listed is multi-threaded.