Sub $2k Architecture Workstation build

Hello all.
I am looking to build a workstation for less than $2000. Primary usage will be multiple open apps, photoshop, illustrator, Rhino, AutoCad, Revit. I am planning on using 64bit windows vista.

Set up as currently spec'd:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz

ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

PNY VCQFX1800-PCIE-PB Quadro FX1800 768MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 WS GPU

OCZ Gold 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA


LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SAMSUNG Toc T220HD Rose Black 22" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor

Including OS, this prices in around $1900

I would appreciate whatever criticism or suggestions you might have.

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  1. That would make a very nice workstation. I would ditch the ASRock motherboard for a Gigabyte or Asus, though. This combo might be of interest to you: (ASUS P6T + i7 920 + OCZ Gold 6GB) $557.97 - $10 MIR

    The Velociraptors offer very little performance gain over the current 7200RPM drives. I would just pick up a couple 640GB WD Black drives so you can use one as a system drive and the other as storage. You could even step up to a pair of 1TB drives and still be cheaper than a Velociraptor. You can put Vista in a combo with either HD and save an extra $5.

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $179.98 (HD + OS combo)

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - Retail $199.98 (HD + OS combo)
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