Looks pretty good. As far as ram, go with the corsair. They are so reliable, and have awesome quality control. I suggest going with intel as well. FOr cheaper, and a better cpu you can get an intel i5 2400. For a mother board I would recommend this, if you decide to switch to intel ^ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . The power supply is great. To save some extra cash, if you aren't going with dual monitors, or if your monitor is no higher res than 1080p, I would suggest getting a 1 gb 6950. Save you $30. The case is decent. Really it's all about preference. The disc drive is fine. And for a hdd, if you want that much storage, I would go with maybe 2 750 gb which would add up to 1.5 tb, which is more than enough. Something along these lines. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HDD's are a bit pricey right now though because the main shipping location in a foreign coun try is flooded right now.
if its cad you're going to use - than i'd suggest getting a AMD pro card or a quadro card from nvidia "if" and only "if" you're considering productivity. The GTX 560Ti is a gaming card - it'll bog down your productivity when you'll render on CAD,MAX+Maya...not to mention photoshop - i know cos i have a similar setup+ and i game alot as well...so a bit of compromise on both fronts.
you can have multimonitor support from the onboard intel HD 3000 on the, i5-2500K/i7-2600K and not need a discrete gpu...running a dual monitor setup from an H67/Z68 mobo. If you however decide to get a workstation class gpu like the firepro/quadro than the productivity will be increased two fold. BUT be warned! they cost much more than a gaming gpu. If you aren't concerned with the productivity scale and would only want to do some sketchup work and not render at all...than i'd advise leaving the GPU off the list.
Well it kind of tells me how little I know. A friend of mind said find out what you need make sure that it is compatible and he will build it. I have been drawing for years in Cad and just started working with sketchup which makes my computer crash. I need something that is fast with no bog down time etc: and didn't really want to pass the $1000. mark.
so your budget drops cos you don't need the discrete gpu
** by crash what dya mean...the program just hangs and exits? if so maybe its related to your OS installation - sketchup isn't a program that taxes the hardware execpt when its rendering.
I ran alot of programs on this rig;
E4300 @ stock
2GB DDR2 800MHz 4-4-4-12
later got a 8600GT DDR3 fatal1ty edition card cos i also gamed after i'd work.
since you don't need the gpu , subtract $280, you can go all out with a higher proc - though won't give you much bonus - get a i5-2500K and you're set for the next 3 years...
* edit: go for the i7-2600K
Well it kind of tells me how little I know
don't put yourself down mate, i'm sure you want to learn - thas why you're here and trying to make sense of whats going into the machine. Just take the time to read up on the reviews of parts i've listed.
don't think I need a professional card.
if you aren't constrained by time to churn out quality renders for high profile clients than no - you're fine with the onboard.
is a dual monitor the max number of screens you want?
* you might also be wondering why i suggested such a small case - the reason being, i'm an architect - kinda value squarefootage and footprint/size alot so i think you wouldn't want a tower case that will only barely hold some parts inside it - yet have upgradablility options.
** why not build the machine yourself? i mean you've come this far ..