Hi, i'm planning on a new build in the relative future. A desktop that can fit inside a backpack, hence the case choice.
Approximate Purchase Date: Start of the new year
Budget Range: ~$500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: World of Warcraft (hopefully eyefinity?) Game Recording, Netflix, Network storage server
Are you buying a monitor:As of the time of the build, no.
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Mobo, RAM, SSD, Case, CPU Heatsink
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Tigerdirect, Newegg, Ebay, Microcenter, Frys
Location: Soutehrn California, near a Microcenter and Frys
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, other than that no preference.
SLI or Crossfire: Perhaps!
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1366x768 second monitor. Hopefully upgrading to 2x or 3x 1080p monitors.
Additional Comments: The goal is portablility as a key point. I'm not above doing hardware modifications to make sure a heatsink doesn't come off. I'd also prefer colours to match a Red / Black / White theme, but once again, I can mod.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm getting crippling Fps dips in WoW with my old Core 2 Quad and people said the DDR2 is bottlenecking my R7770, so I figure doing a platform upgrade.
I mostly agree with the above suggestion. My only serious disagreement is with the cooler choice. An Ivy Bridge CPU that will be overclocked much would be better off with a cooler that has direct touch heatpipes. Ivy doesn't generate much heat, it simply has really bad thermal resistance, so you want a cooler with low thermal resistance, not high cooling capability. That cooler doesn't have direct touch heatpipes and that's going to hurt its effectiveness with an i5-3570K's cooling.
Also, on a more subjective note, I wouldn't recommend a SandForce-based SSD. Something with a Samsung or Marvell controller would probably be better in reliability and performance consistency. For example, Crucial M4 128GB, which can be found only slightly more expensive than that Mushkin drive.
That there is a very nice case, that I looked at for a while, however it's measurably larger than the InWin, however it does fit ATX power supplies. Thanks for your input, I'll add that to my thoughts!