Goal: A highly responsive, very quiet computer Uses: This is primarily for work. On my 3 displays I want to be able to have outlook, 4 large powerpoint presentations, word, excel, and maybe Solidworks and a Microchip CAD program running. The only game I play is EVE online, but sometimes I might want to run that on one display while having lots of that other stuff going as well. Time to open documents and swap applications is important. I want it to be quiet because I sit next to it 13-18 hours a day! Budget: I don’t want to waste money but I’m not highly price sensitive. If you have a suggestion that will make me feel a dramatic improvement and it costs $1,000 I would probably do it. I’m going with a lower speed processor only because I’ve read that the slower i7s easily overclock up to the higher speed ranges. Location: USA, Southern California, within driving range of a fry’s but may buy lots online I might reuse a few random parts from earlier build (floppy drive, DVD burner… definitely my mouse/keyboard/3 displays). OS: Win7 – 64bit – RC for now then buy when released Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe/OC Palm LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $200 Reason: I plan to overclock, read some good reviews. (Also I do need a floppy drive for arcane reasons) Processor: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - $279 Reason: I hear it overclocks so well there’s no real reason to buy the higher ones. I do plan to overclock. Memory: OCZ Platinum 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV12GS - $200 Reason: Tom’s hardware study seems to suggest this stuff overclocks well so there is no real gain going Corsair from here: Case: I want it quiet Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case – $165 ish Reason: For quiet computing I also have a bunch of sorbothane and 3M damping foil available Power Supply: Again, quiet is good ENERMAX MODU82+ EMD625AWT 625W ATX12V Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active- $160 Reason: I read some good stuff. I think this is more than enough power available. Too bad web commenters all say Enermax won’t actually deliver on the advertised rebate Boot Drive: I’m hoping this will speed up windows and apps Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1 80GB SATA MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - (Can I fit Win7, MS office, and a few other apps/games on here?) - $325 ish Data drive: Dunno, need lots of space and don’t want it to be the bottleneck. Suggestions? Can I get something fast in 1TB size? It seems to make it quiet I will need to build something. Cooling for processor: Please help on this. I want to overclock but I also want it quiet. Maybe this one? COOLER MASTER Hyper Z600 RR-600-LBU1-GP CPU Cooler (with adapter for 1366 socket) $50 Thinking: I would be willing to watercool but unless I use the Reserator it would be noisy (from the systems I've visited and research on silentpcreview) and when the folks on Revision 3 did some test builds the water coolers didn’t beat a good heatpipe-and-fan heat sink for overclocking. Graphics cards: I run 3 LCD panels but my only game is EVE Online, so not exactly the most demanding. I'll probably just order a couple of whatever is recommended for Solidworks and EVE. Some questions: Should I get a bigger SSD drive? Are the OCZ ones going to give the same experience as the X-25M Intel one? (250GB one looks nice but the reviews aren't great) What should I keep in mind for overclocking? Do you see an obvious bottleneck here? Will it be the data drive?