I'm a first time builder who has been waiting for ivy bridge to come out. Now that the new line of chips has been released, I've put together a build that suits my needs and I was hoping some of you experts out there could give me some feedback/make sure I haven't picked completely incompatible parts. I'm a physics graduate student, and I mostly want this to be a performance build, i.e. I expect to use Mathematica heavily, run moderate simulations, and have many processes open at once. I also would like to be able to play some games during my down time, although that's not my priority.
I want the OS to be Ubuntu/Windows 7 (I'll partition the hard drives), and Ubuntu will be for business, Windows for gaming. Here's my info:
Approximate Purchase Date: this week or next
Budget Range: ~1300, but flexible
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mathematica/multiple processes/running code/gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon (prime)
Parts Preferences: see below
SLI or Crossfire: Don't know what this is
Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: I'd like it to be quiet if possible
And here's the build I've come up with (pretax total = 1325):
PSU: OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
SLI and Crossfire refer to a dual GPU setup, with SLI being for Nvidia-based cards, Crossfire for AMD/ATI. As you're not overclocking your CPU and if you're not planning to run a second GPU, your 750W PSU is overkill and you could drop it to 600W which is still more than sufficient.
You didn't mention an OS and may have to budget for that as well.