Advice for i7 build @ $1500 AutoCAd Photoshop Use

Hey guys
Im looking to build a new i7 system need help!!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month, middle to late Nov
BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: AutoCad, PhotoShop, SketchUp, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)



PARTS PREFERENCES: ssd drive to run the os and cadd/adobe off of it...biggest screen possible for the money i guess

OVERCLOCKING: maybe but unlikely

MONITOR RESOLUTION: best possible for the $ & size

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: home office computer to do side work with needs to run auto cadd and the adobe suite as well as possible and would be cool if i could get some good gaming out of it, plus the usual itunes music fiddling web surfing video watching stuff.....i do alot of cad and photoshop work, and am always reworking various portfolios........this would be my very first build and would be under the guidance of a friend and the good people of these forums :)
so in short just moved in to a new place trying to put together a small home office that will be used mainly for auto cadd and adobe work as well as moderate gaming and web surfing.
my girlfriend is getting the 27" i7 imac, but i kinda want my own system that she cant mess up, im also not sure how well cad works on the mac or how comfortable i would be drafting on one so im gunna go with a build
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  1. anyone please i could use some advice
  2. I'm sorry I don't have time right now to help spec out your whole system, but i just wanted to ask, how extensive/complex is your CADing? It we are talking thousands of parts, you will probably need a Workstation graphics card. However, if you don't do that complex of CAD designs, sticking with a gaming card will be more than enough (and will save loads of $$).
  3. mostly residential and smaller commercial architectural design work nothing insanly crazy.......i figured a gaming card would have to do simply because of the price

    but not sure what would be the best config etc....
  4. Welcome to the forum. Your budget is a little low it seems - after factoring in a large monitor, the OS, a SSD, and everything else, but here's a try.

    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core

    ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop

    XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

    ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD
  5. awsome thanks for the advice
    i guess i have a lot more reading and research to do and hopefully ill come into some extra cash & can bump some of the parts accordingly
  6. ^ How exactly is it "insanely" better. They seem about equal to me, but I don't own either of them...
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