SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: CAD and Rendering
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, optical drive, multi-card reader
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: mainly newegg.com, I use pricewatch.com to check other site prices
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not Sure yet
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm looking for a solid machine for about $2000. I know I can builder a more powerful machine but I'm planning on building another one in about 8-12 months and that will have all the goodies. Just a little info about me, I am a Grad Architecture student so this won't be used for professional work. However, I have been using a MacBook Pro for the last 2 years to do all my work and am tired of how long renders take and the performance of CAD and 3D software on my laptop. So this machine will be a workhorse and my laptop will be my day to day.
PSU: Kingwin ABT-800MA1S
Not sure if this will be sufficient in suppling the power needed, I didn't want to spend too much on the PSU if I don't have to.
CPU Cooling: Zalman Reserator 1 (or 2)
I know I need liquid cooling if I overclock. I'm looking at the Zalman only because from what I read they are relatively easy to install for first timers and its silent. What do you guys think? Are there better systems out there?
So, this is the tentative build list. Any help and suggestion would be appreciated!