- Jan 18, 2012
- CPU: Core i7 2600
- Larger boot drive, so that you can install your programs on it as well. I recommend the Intel 510 120GB.
- Larger storage drive. With video, audio and images, the 500GB will fill up way too fast. I'd go with a WD Black 2TB
- Corsair TX750 instead of the Antec
- Windows 7 64-bit Pro instead of Home premium
For vendors, I prefer mwave. Not sure if these will fit in your budget; it may be worth it to save up for at least a larger SSD and better PSU. The rest can be easily upgraded in the future.
I like your list but given his budget I would probably skip the SSD. And because he wants rock solid I would just go with an Intel MB. The 2TB Caviar Black is a very fast mechanical drive. The speed gains from SSD don't justify the price "yet". I agree the i7 2600 is plenty for this project and will build a screaming fast machine and and save $50.00 or so over the i7 2600k.