Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Asus Motherboard, Kingston/Corsair RAM - mid or full tower case.
Overclocking: Definitely overclocking in the future.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1440 x 900 until I have more budget. Then 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: Sound is no issue, keeping low temps is paramount. (Smokey living room, constantly on dust removal, is there a way to protect against smoke dust entering the case?) I also would love to experiment with liquid cooling, but have no experience in installation of liquid cooling, I am dubious of trying it.
My concept at this point in time is the following custom home build, if you could please let me know if I have missed anything or made some incompatible choices:
Antec 300 Three Hundred, Black Mid Tower Ultimate Gaming Case w/o PSU (New Version) - £42.74
Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, S1155, Sandy Bridge, Quad, 3.3GHz, HD3000 IGP 850Mhz, 6MB Cache 95W Retail - £174.18
Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 CPU DT 4 Heat Pipe Cooler with 120mm Silent Fan for Intel Socket LGA 2011/1155/1156 - £44.25
250GB Western Digital WD2500AAKX Caviar Blue, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache - £53.10
8GB (4x2GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V, Z68 - £44.50
Asus P8Z68-V LX, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX - £78.82
500W PSU, Corsair Gaming Series GS500 CP-9020005-UK, 80% Eff', 80 PLUS, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.3 - £55.80