New builder for architecture

I am trying to build a computer to use as a workstation during the day for adobe, 3ds max, rhino and other 3d applications. I will use it also for gaming from time to time, so I would like it to be able to do that. I have been researching for a while, but I have never built a computer but I have experience replacing hard drives, ram and video cards and installing new operating systems. I am still wary about putting it all together and forgetting to buy a piece. I will be buying most of the parts online, but could ossibly make a trip to a nearby city to get some parts if necessary. Also once it is all assembled from what I read you just power it up install the OS and update all the drivers. Is that all?

Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition 3.33GHz 12 MB L3 Cache LGA1366
Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower
Gigabyte LGA1366 SATA3 ATI CrossFireX ATX Motherboard GA-X58A-UD3R
Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50 All in One High-performance CPU Cooler CWCH50-1
Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator 6 GB 3 x 2 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz 240-Pin DDR3 Core i7 Memory Kit ---x2
Corsair CMPSU-1000HX 1000-Watt HX Professional Series 80
Intel X25M 120 GB Solid State Drive with Internal SATA and Power Cables
GeForce GTX 580
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive

The budget is at 3000 right now, but if the difference wont be that noticeable I obviously wouldn't mind saving money. I want to get the computer built as soon as possible, within the next week would be great because I need to get it up and running and all of my programs installed.

Are there any pieces I have not included or should buy to assemble the computer, and are all of the pieces compatible?

I have listed a GTX 580, however when I search there are multiple online so I am unsure which to buy are they all relatively similar?

Thanks very much in advance,
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  1. The first thing I'd say is that you really should wait a few weeks. Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs are due out then. They're supposed to bring a big performance improvement with relative similar prices. That may drive prices on current CPUs down.

    You should also read up on how to build a PC. There are a lot of guides out there. The one found through the stickies at the top of the forum is one of my favorites.

    Onto my changes:

    Case: The HAF 932 is a good choice, but I like it's little brother more. The HAF 922 is just as big, and performs just as well, but is quite a bit cheaper.

    RAM: Don't waste money on the Dominators. Also, I'd get a single 3x4 GB kit over two 3x2 GB kits. I like the G.Skill Ripjaws 3x4 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 for $200.

    PSU: You don't need a 1000W unit. Instead, get a smaller, more efficient PSU, like Corsair's AX850 for $20 less.

    SSD: Intel used to be the best for SSDs, but that's changed. Pick up an OCZ Vertex 2, OCZ Agility 2 or G.Skill Phoenix Pro instead.

    HDD: Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB instead. It's slightly faster, more reliable and roughly the same price.

    HSF: Don't bother with cheap water cooling. Instead, pick up either the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B (SCMG-2100, $40) or the Noctua NH-D14 ($85). The Scythe will be as good, but cheaper and the Noctua will be better.

    OS: I assume you know you have to buy one, but if not, save $100 for Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM.

    You shouldn't need anything else to be able to get everything running.

    As for the brand of GTX 580, they're all pretty close to the same. Pick either the cheapest or one with the best warranty.
  2. Here is five pages of funk that cover pretty much every topic withtin you inquiry. It will learn you well i think.
  3. Thanks a lot i will sort through all of the changes as well as that post, it seems perfect for what I am looking into thank you very much. I will let you guys know more as i progress.
  4. With all the advice from this thread as well as the linked one I have altered to this build. Its much cheaper would this be good? The other thread did state that the 922 was kind of cramped with the Noctua in it so I put in the 932 case instead.

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119160

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185

    Galaxy 58NLH5HS8GGX GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814162068

    SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817151087

    Arctic Silver AA-1.75G Thermal Compound
    Item #: N82E16835100014

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7T-12GBRH
    Item #: N82E16820231405

    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128422

    Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
    Item #: N82E16819115211

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116758

    Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
    Item #: N82E16835608018

    OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820227551
  5. My next question, since this will be my first build, is if I buy these parts and build the computer, and install windows and the drivers, thats pretty much the whole process?
  6. That's pretty much it. Read through some building guides so you're prepared.
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