I currently have the 2600k that I got on sale for $200 at micro center a few weeks ago and a Radeon HD 6850 and may end up getting a second down the road if I need it. I am pretty sure I am going to go with the ASUS P8Z77-V for my motherboard unless anyone has equal or better suggestions.
1. Memory - Need some good ideas of specific memory that is good. I think I can use up to 1333 with my processor but know only some basics about memory so no idea what to choose.
2. Power Supply - Not sure what size I would need but after some research it looks like a 750 watt at least. Any particular features I should look for or price point that I should try to stay under to get a good deal?
3. Case - Haven't research these yet since I hadn't picked a mono but I am pretty sure it will be ATX.
I do game some on PC but the only game as of now I play is Starcraft. I am an electrical engineering student so I do get into a lot of different programs for that. So far I will occasionally use Autocad electrical, Matlab, NX, and maybe some solid works.
I recommend CORSAIR Vengeance 99% of the time, quality RAM and low profile with XMP profile.
And if u will get an aftermarket CPU cooler, low profile is the worry free remedy with perfect fit with any large cooler.
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit.
You'll need an ATX mid-tower or full tower for optimal space for an ATX motherboard such as that P877-V.
You can use memory as fast as the motherboard supports. The 2600K (and the other i7s and i5s) only officially support up to 1333MHz, but they will work with pretty much any speed, just keep the voltage below 1.55v, especially if you use more than two RAM modules.
1600MHz is the recommended frequency with 1866MHz being a recommended maximum. Best quality RAM brands are Corsair, G.Skill, and Crucial.