Greetings, I am attempting my first build within the next 2 weeks (wanting to take advantage of November sales) and would appreciate criticism. I am interested in a build that can handle games such as sc2 and civV as well as some other programs like Maya, Autocad, and Adobe CS5. My budget is a max of $1500 for the system (already have monitor, keyboard, os - Windows 7 Professional). So far my build is about $1250 - I'm only willing to spend more if there is a significant improvement, but the more I save the better (eventually want a new monitor). Also if you could comment on the balance; don't want overkill in one area if not worth it. Thanks in advance!
I agree w/ gkay about the sound card and the RAM. I think the motherboard comes with 7.1 sound built in. Even if you do editing, the software you have will be more important than having a sound card.
On the RAM, again I'm pretty sure your motherboard is set up for triple channel RAM. So you'll need 3 sticks or a triple channel pack. I'd suggest 3 x 2GB. It's probably more than you need but it should help with AutoCAD at least. Corsair and Kingston are pretty good choices.
I'm interested in a similar setup so this is good practice for me. Thanks & good luck.
Thanks for the input! Definitely going to upgrade the video card (did not see that deal) and the ram to 6GB, switch to the Sabertooth X58 mobo, etc. Been wanting to do this for almost a year now and I feel now is the time...my 4-year-old laptop just won't cut it anymore.
For using cs5, adobe forum recommend 12gb ram, min. And also the nvidea card so that it uses during editing/ rendering etc ... Min prob gtx460. There is a set of supported cards for cs5 , min gtx470, that the mercury engine utilizes in cs5, , but there are ways out there to mod the 460 if you search and it should be just as good in this context.