APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today or Tomorrow, Basically ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: Under $1,800 before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: CAD, specifically Revit - basically opening gigantically bloated files and editing them and re-writing multiple times per hour. (500mb is the smallest file while 4-5 gb is the largest I'll be editing and using) (High Graphics Requirement)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, I'm sold, I love it.
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD but not required... preferred however.
OVERCLOCKING: Most likely
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Soon in the future
RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200 maybe higher resolutions in the future...
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Don't really care about noise or looks... want to make sure it's balanced. The two hard drives will be in raid 0.
My thoughts on this build:
Optical: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS (SATA 24x DVD burner)
Case: XCLIO BLACKHAWK BLACK FINISH .8MM SECC ABS PLASTIC (ATX FULL TOWER EXTREME COOLING COMPUTER CASE)
I have researched the system RECOMMENDATIONS and certification lists (and tested but not certified) cards for AutoCAD and ALL flavors of Revit.
First let me say that the only thing that is a truly horrible choice (and a waste of your money) is that 5830 GPU ... Mot only is it a DOG in it's own class, it is the wrong brand and the wrong type of GPU. It would "work", though poorly.
The GPU should be THE CENTER of this build. So, beleive it or not, ... accept it or not ... My firm recommendation is a PNY QUADROFX series card with at least 512MB of DDR3 ... FX580 or up to FX1800 (if there is ANY way you can do that ! ).
Finally ... Least important but would make this a SERIOUS and reliable system would be to lose one of those spinpoints and replace it with a KINGSTON (rebranded INTEL) 64GB SSD (for boot and Apps) ... $150 minus spinpoint cost.
Otherwise, you are golden.
DO THE PNY ... That and the BLACK QUAD + 4GB are ALL that matters.! !
Wow! Thanks for the excellent recommendations and help. The jump between the 580 and the 1800 is too much and I think the 580 is too little power. Would you recommend a GTX275? Would this GPU work fine with the mobo? I think I will be keeping the psu because I want to leave room for lots of upgrading in the future... raid arrays and sli etc...