All first choice: $1,471.86
All second choice: $1,390.97
I plan to use this build for combination of media, business and gaming. I want this build to last for 3+ yrs. Even though I have a budget of around $1700.00 I feel like I will somehow go over. Should I get a SSD for this build?
Sandy bridge processors including the i7 2600k are not power hungry and run at low temps even on air. They also can't be oc'd beyond what air cooling can handle (44x-52x is the range for the multipliers I've seen). For your system you'd only need 550W or 750W(if you SLI another 560 later on) and a decent aftermarket cooler H70, hyper 212+, etc.
SSDs are great if you have the money and if your business requires a speedy hard drive then it's always worth it.
The ram is a bit overkill unless you can use that much. Again depends on what your business is.
If you are looking for 3+years you might want to go with a more powerful gpu. The gtx 570 or 580 would be more future proof and still provides the option of SLI (850W psu in that case).
Case / PSU - Huge roomy case, w/ great air flow and cable routing, CPU cutout allows installation of 3rd party cooler after assembly. Hot Swap 2.5" bay for transferring large amounts of data from home to office, ability to take CPU form factor PSU's, air inlet filters. PSU has 10.0 performance rating. Alternates include HAF-X or Antec 1200 V3 (or P183/P193 if ya want a "office looking" non flashy case) in full tower; mid tower recommendation would be Antec 902 V3 and maybe the HAF-922 if they ever upgrade it to add front USB 3 port. Best PSU choice other then the CP which only fits in 1200/DF-85, P193 and P183
MoBo / CPU - $20 discount on this combo make sit very attractive. You could upgrade to x16 x16 GFX capability w/ the Asus WS Revolution (+70) or MSI model you listed. Obvious CPU upgrade would cost you $90. Gigabyte UD7 would be on my list except for this:
RAM - Only suggestion here would be consideration of lower CAS ..... stick w/ low profile (no tall heatsinks to avoid fit issues w/ CPU coolers) very useful in spreadsheets / databases, CAD, Photoshop, can also benefit gaming when GFX isn't the bottleneck.
22.3 % (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in Far Cry 2
18% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in Dawn of war
15% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in World in Conflict
Cooler - If ya overclocking, you can go big and get something like the Silver Arrow, use the elf contained water units like the Antec Kuhler 620 but be careful w/ these if using a 3 x SL / CF MoBo like the WS as they tend to have some fit issues (Silver Arrow fits rotated 90 degrees, 620 doesn't).
GFX - The 560 Ti (00MHz versions) are great choices and overclock well. to 1000 MHz, My Asus Cu II TOP model req'd no voltage adjustments to hit 1000 MHz