Rethink the video card. It is in no way, shape, or form, a gaming card. It is a workstation card with a 128bit memory controller. For that price you can walk into the top tier of gaming cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127671
That being said. if you are going to spend hours with some sort of modeling software that needs heavy CUDA support................
Ditto on the monitor suggestion. I have the VS239, and it is indeed happy. To me, not a huge improvement colorwise coming from a top line TN panel, but the viewing angles make a big monitor more livable. When you shop around for VS239, there are a few variants. Some have 5ms refreshes, some 14ms refreshes. Get the 5ms (like DJBPace07 linked).
As far as the AMD recommendation, just can't go that. Stick with Intel, you will be happy with it. AMD is great for an HTPC build, or a build where there are severe budget constraints, other than those two things, Intel is the better platform. Compare benchmarks between a 3770K, or any i7, and an FX8350. It ain't pretty for AMD.
WIN8 or WIN7? If you are going the WIN8 route make damned sure all of your potential applications are happy running under WIN8. Posting this from a WIN8 machine(with "START 8"). Kills me to say it, but WIN8 is likely a better OS (with a really screwed up interface). Some core CADCAM, 3D modeling software are finicky about operating systems.
Antivirus deal 'o the day, http://www.amazon.com/Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2013-3-Users/dp/B008MR2I8U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1352028320&sr=8-4&keywords=kaspersky+internet+security+2013
Agree with above though, Security essentials is good enough.........unless you like hanging out on the seedier sides of the web.
Ditto on the SSD suggestion as well, but I consider 256GB as minimum size for a new build. 120/128GB gets crowded fast with apps and a few games. Current favorites, perf and dollar based, Crucial M4 and Samsung 830, in 256GB flavors(when they are in the $160 range) . Have both. An SSD is really the most noticeable upgrade you can make on a system. It's speed sticks out like a sore thumb compared to mechanical hard drives. Use the SSD as a primary, and a regular hard drive for storage.
I am in the same upgrade mood. I have been trying to make the decision between 1155 and 2011. Leaning toward a 3770K and an Asrock Z77 OC Formula at this time, but not pulling a trigger until end of the month.
Have fun with your build.
Edited by dpunisher, 04 November 2012 - 06:49 AM.