So I'll start by saying that I'm building this machine for modeling and gaming. This is not my first build but it has been a while so I thought I'd ask for some advice from the pros. I can be flexible with my budget if need be to get the required power for what I want to do.
Every part I have picked is open to change if there is a better suggestions out there.
My main issue is deciding on a case, I like Full Tower but the size and price just don't seem worth it for my price range, so a good Mid-tower that fits my needs should be just fine.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: $800-$1000 (I don't mind going over but would like to avoid it)
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
3D Modeling(Zbrush, Maya, 3DS Max, ect)
Gaming(Crysis 2, BF3, ect)
NVidia 500 GTX series card
intel sandy bridge processor
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (I don't plan on it)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: The big suggestions I'm looking for are motherboards, cases, and CPU coolers, but commenting on my current choice of parts is always appreciated.
I want the system to be somewhat quiet but I usually wear headphones so it isn't a huge requirement. Parts (Open to change):
You want to be at 1000 dollars just with the PSU, HDD, Mobo, GPU, Chassis, and CPU? Ram doesn't figure into that pricing correct? And you don't need a DVD drive or operating system? I noticed you didn't put it in your parts not needed.
Well there are some really big and nice nonfull tower cases, such as the 600T, Fractal Design R3, and a lot of the Cooler Master offerings.
Cases are a hard thing to suggest, there is a lot of personal preference. I also find that a lot (including my own) of the Full Tower cases are not very good at all. There are some mid tower cases I'd much rather have.
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This only leaves you roughly 115 dollars after Rebates + Shipping for a case. Quality build, however. The motherboard choice was so you could SLI in the future if you wish. The GPU choice was because it was a bit better, but the GTX 560TI is an amazing card and if you need a little bit more money to be able to buy a case go with it instead. The CPU cooler is a good one. The PSU I picked out is amazing quality just like the Corsair you have, will allow you to overclock and SLI in the future, and is a bit cheaper.
For a case I suggest going to youtube and watch reviews. 3DOverclock does many case reviews and he is extremely blunt and truthful about how he feels about the cases.
On Newegg this is one of the better full tower cases when you figure price in.