Hi there, never built a PC before, but considering making one for myself now since I've been reliant on laptops to do most of my work for the past few years (and consequently my desktop is a bit out of date). Here's the breakdown:
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two months Budget Range: 1000-1400 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 2D design (e.g. PS-type apps), 3D rendering (e.g. 3DS/Softimage) Parts Not Required: N/A - my last desktop was a Shuttle PC and most components are too far out-of-date. Will be transferring mouse&keyboard Preferred Website(s) for Parts: N/A Country: USA Parts Preferences: N/A Overclocking: Not planning on it SLI or Crossfire: No plans to Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080, although the monitor is part of the build (my old LCD monitor is a 15ish-in standard width screen, and I'm looking to upgrade Additional Comments: I've taken a look at some similar builds in the forums and used PCPartPicker to create a build, but it's pretty much an aggregate build (based on popularity of parts and general rating), given my lack of experience in this area.
No point in Windows 7 Pro for your uses unless you need the extra networking functions. The Z68 and 2500K are kind of pointless anymore - they've been replaced by Z77 and the 3570K. And then there's also no point in purchasing a 560TI - there's far better and newer GPUs on the market that use less power.