Here's a little magic to help you along. The following build, is the exact same price as your latest PCpartpicker build, but manages the following:
- a 256GB 830 SSD
- the 750W capstone PSU to help support the potential future upgrade to dual GPU
- an HD7950
- a faster mechanical drive that runs cooler and quieter.
- a CPU cooler that is far less boring, and far better for the system as a whole
- a motherboard with purpose built "higher end than typical" on-board sound.
$25 combo savings and the MOBO comes with a free 2x4GB 1600-999 1.5V kit. The color scheme on the heat spreaders even matches the mobo color scheme. [the board does not have SPDIF from what I can tell, but you should be using HDMI when you want to connect to the home theater anyway.]CPU Cooler
DOWN BLOWING is better for the system as a whole. Less top heavy is easier on the mounting, and the cooling it provides for the various components on the board is healthy.GPU
Yes, this drive is faster than the WD black right now. This is single platter drive, higher platter density translates to better seek times, higher transfer rates, lower power consumption, etc etc. [hint, this drive is available for about $5-10 less from other vendors if you want to split up the order to save even more money]Case/PSU
It's a well designed mid-tower. It has room for this build. If you can't fit a regular ATX build into a regular ATX mid-tower then you probably shouldn't be trusted with a screwdriver
I suggest giving it a go and enjoying the smaller footprint.$1115 shipped
$1065 after MIRs if you want to send them in.Edited by mdocod - 10/17/12 at 4:52pm