New acad/gaming pc

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $800-$1200 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: CadWorx2010 (and other 3d modeling programs), gaming, small time movie editing and home entertainment

Parts Not Required: Just building the brains of the computer...have all the peripherals

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've been using Newegg thus far, however I only have one bias...and thats the price.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel for the processor, on the fence about graphics, otherwise I'm not picky.

Overclocking: Outside chance.

SLI or Crossfire: Later on.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Running two monitors at 1920x1200 usually with a low usage 3d modeling program in one and multiple instances of an autocad type program in the other on a regular basis. A bit of gaming on the side, not looking for ultra high settings, but would like to appreciate the graphics and options available. Will be my first time to build a rig, so looking for any tips I can get.

This is the list I've come up with so far from Newegg and am sitting just above $1200. (a couple weeks old)

Shuttle SX58J3 Intel Core i7 (LGA1366) Intel Socket B(LGA1366) Intel X58 none Barebone
Item #: N82E16856101093

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

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10000CSRTL 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
Item #: N82E16822136236

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Item #: N82E16814130568

Kingston HyperX 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K4/8GX
Item #: N82E16820104167

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Item #: N82E16819115211
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  1. Wait a week. Sandy Bridge 2500K ($216) will do everything you need

    dont get the shuttle barebone, get an existing P67 mobo next week (about $150)

    then a decent 500-600W PSU, and a mid-tower case ($80-100 total)

    Get the Samsung 1 TB 7200 rpm drive for $70

    the 460 is fine, as is the RAM
  2. I would wait for Sandy Bridge too, anandtech's is reporting they can be overclocked to ~4.4GHz with the stock cooler, that alone is worth waiting.

    BTW, for personal reference, your original build using the i7-950 was setup using dual channel memory (4x2GB=8GB) where it should be using triple channel memory (either 3x2GB=6GB, 6x2GB=12GB or 3x4GB=12GB).
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