$1000 CAD and gaming build

I'm looking to build a system for $900 (already have Antec 900 case which I bought for $99 so that leaves $900 from the $1000). I already have a 47" LCD (1920 x 1080), wireless keyboard/mouse and surround sound speakers so none of that needs to be included in the $900 spending limit. The main uses for this setup will be Gaming, AutoCAD 2008, and general purpose PC. I'd like to get the Q6600 but i doubt it's in my price range. I can possibly get a cheaper video card until a couple months go by and I can get something better.
I was thinking maybe..

ATI 1950pro 512 mb (i've seen them for around 150-160)
2gb ram
320 gb perpendicular recording harddrive

Any way this can be made possible with my price range (including shipping)? Any items that shipping would be expensive I'll buy at tigerdirect because the shipping warehouse is near where I live so free shipping is possible.
Any other suggestions on parts for my uses?
Thanks a lot for any help you can offer.
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  1. May I suggest a cheaper dual core alternative with a P35 mobo so you can upgrade to quad core one day when they become cheap or maybe when penryn arrives.

    Try an e4300 or even the e2160 with an P35 mobo like P35-DS3
    and 2 gigs of dd2 800
    and spend the rest of the monet for an 8800 card.

    I dont know if this is within the budget but I would go for something like this.
    Thats presuming you would overclock the cpu to 3+ GHz.
  2. i'm not sure of say the performance difference between the geforce series of cards and the quardo series.

    which is more important, games or work?
  3. PSU:
    CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail - $125, or $115 after MIR
    No reason for an expensive case when this straightforward CoolerMaster with good airflow will do:
    COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $40, or $30 after MIR
    Use this GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $130
    Here's 2GB of RAM for $84:
    SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    S eagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-R DL 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM IDE Burner with LightScribe Technology - Retail (so you get the software) for $38
    With a display that big, I think you'll want the 640MB 8800 GTS:
    EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail - $380

    ...but we've reached $877 without shipping, and still need a CPU.

    With this x1950PRO video card for $153 however:
    SAPPHIRE 100196L Radeon X1950PRO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported HDCP Video Card - Retail
    ...There is $250 left (still without shipping), in which you can fit an e6750 CPU:
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail - $212
  4. Thanks for the responses guys.
    I already have the Antec 900 case so that will save me $40 on the last build setup. I'd really like the Q6600 but its looking like that might not be possible with my budget restrictions. I guess I might have to save for a little longer before building the computer.
    Work is important, but I dont want to get a quatro video card for the rendering.
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