System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD Movies, Solidworks (CAD), MATLAB, Some web development (adobe cs5), little gaming
Approximate Purchase Date: August 1-15
Budget Range: whatever is best value, I would rather pay little for medium specs than alot for great specs
Parts Not Required: Monitor (I have a 20" Samsung LCD and will probably replace it with a 24" or 27" LED), keyboard,mouse,OS,speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences:I am set on Intel CPU, Mobo, SSD (I work for Intel)
Overclocking: Probably not, but if its easy maybe like .5 ghz
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not necessary for my needs, would be nice to have the option to upgrade in the future
Monitor Resolution: currently 1440x900 but will be upgraded to 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: I am trying to not spend alot of money but it is hard to get components to match the nice cpu+mobo+ssd thanks in advance for the help
Mobo: Intel DP67BG, I can save money and get the DZ68DB but I think the built in graphics probably won't be enough? Should I just get the cheaper one and add a graphics card (since I'm going to buy one anyway)
SSD: Intel 160GB 320 Series.. I could also get a 120 G 510 series but the 320 series comes in a package making it a better deal
PSU: Help?? Don't really care just want something cheap, modular, reliable
Graphics: Help?? Looking for decent $100-150, probably whatever good deals come up around August
HDD: I have a Seagate external 1.5TB, probably will buy a 2TB internal on sale
Case: Help?? Looking for any Mid-tower that's not ridiculously expensive. The more compact the better. I'd like a USB3 port on the front but that seems to limit my options. I don't want something with alot of 5" bays, as I will only use one. I like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Newegg has antec 900 on sale this weekend only for $60 AR & Coupon: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Could I just route a USB 3 extension cable from the back of the case (through water coolant seal) and somehow replace the front USB 2.0 port with it?
DVD: $20 Any DVD-RW will do
OS: Free Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit from school
Mobo: You probably want to go with the P67 based board, if you intend to SLI/Crossfire at some point. Since it's not possible with the Z68 board you listed.
SSD: the 510 would be quite a bit faster than the 320, but if you are getting a nice deal on the 320, it's still tons faster than a hard drive and i'm sure you get it at a nice price.
PSU: I think you just listed something that is very difficult to get in the same package. You'll want something in the 750W range to enable SLI/Crossfire.
Otherwise a good 500W:ish PSU will do fine.
RAM: 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz seems to be the sweet spot. Corsair, GSkill, kingston or mushkin for manufacturers. See what's on sale, there is usually a set between $60-70
Graphics: Radeon 6870 ~$160 after rebates is a good starting point. Should play decently at 1920x1080.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is generally the recommended model for HDD here due to speed, price and reliability.
Case: Well the thing is that you don't have front panel connectors on either of the motherboards anyway, so you would end up hooking them up to the rear connectors anyway.
So if a case comes with wires like that it's ok for your usage. You can also get something like this: USB3 frontpanel $24 it will bring the USB ports to the front and you don't have to worry about the case having them. Also it will house your SSD if you want it to.
The Antec 900 is probably a good choice.
Cooler: OC with the stock cooler can't really be recommended, it's not really cut out to handle the OC:ing.
The Noctual you listed is one of the best, if not the best air cooler, so it's expensive.
Scythe Mugen 3 would be something in the middle at ~$50, but i think it needs thermal paste.
cheaper end would be the Coolermaster hyper 212+ ~$30
I have the Thermaltake V9 (non BlacX edition), I really wish I hadn't bought it and the BlacX doesn't change anything that would make me not regret it. Virtually no cable management, cramped HDD bays, the installation mechanism for the HDDs is also fiddly. Mine has sharp edges, don't know if this has been rectified with the BlacX - cut myself a few times.
I just installed the scythe mugen 3 and it is great, and actually comes with thermal paste. About $50 though, but recommending it again, it is really nice.
25C at stock clocks in bios. 59C at 4GHz on all 4 cores running prime95 according to HWmonitor ( antec 300 illusion case ).
The mobo will be good, tom's HW doesn't recommend crappy things, so it is nice.
Another option would be the OCZ vertex 3. It also has a rebate and CC bringing the price down to $199.
OCZ Vertex 3 $219.99 ($199.99 after rebate)