PC Build for CAD applications $1200 budget

Hey, I've been wanting to build a new machine for a while, I have finally saved up a decent amount, and I need the computer for school starting in January. I've learned a lot about all the components and what the specs mean so far, but my main concern is I don't want to over spend on high-end components I don't really need.


BUDGET RANGE: $1200 CAD, or approximately 1000 USD.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3d Modelling, AutoDesk products (Max, Revit, CAD), Secondary uses - gaming, Movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, sound card, modem.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:,, anywhere that ships to Canada(southern Ontario) for a reasonable price.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've been leaning towards Intel products but whatever gets the best performance within my price range will be fine.

OVERCLOCKING: I don't know anything about over clocking but I am certainly willing to learn.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Same as overclocking.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024,)


I have one LCD monitor(VGA, 15") but I would like to have dual monitors So i'll need a new one, at least 17", Doesn't have to be DVI compatible.

As for the case I really like the sleek look of the Apevia X-DREAMER3 Mid Tower Case.

Obviously I want to keep it as cool and quite as possible.

Thanks a lot in advance.
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  1. Sorry this one fell through the cracks. Do you still need help?
  2. Ya, any help you got for me, I'll take. If you need more info on anything just let me know.

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    Lotta peeps prolly skipped this one as there'a lotta threads w/ almost identical titles of late:
  4. OK I think I can help you out. Let's list in a general way what you need.

    In order of priority...

    1. A strong quad core processor, preferably an i7.
    2. A quality PSU to protect your investment.
    3. An adequate gaming card, but not an expensive one.... possibly Nvidia due to program compatibility.

    I think the case you chose is adequate, but not terribly high quality. I'll see if I can find something similar.

    Combo deal Gigabyte UD2 and i7 860

    G. skill DDR3

    Lian Li case


    WD Caviar Black 640GB

    Optical drive




    That comes to around 1200 I think, but you can probably trim it down at NCIX
  5. thanks very much, I had my Local techy friend take a look at your post and he agrees this will be a good build for me to start with.
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