My name is Sarah, I'm an architecture student about to head into grad school. I'm looking at building a desktop but not really sure what to look for. I need to run adobe CS5 and autocad products. If you could please help me out in what to look for that would be great!
Before you all go recommending the most expensive processor you can find, how about we get a budget first. The performance of your computer is going to be directly proportional to how much money you can put into it...
With that being said, how much are you looking to spend on your new system?
This is a very good starting build. Based on your budget will shape where you form this point. Solid State Drives (SSD) really add a benefits for boot times and access times for any application loaded on to it. If your budget is more constained you can with a Z68 board you can use the Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology) to use small SSD (<64GB) as a caching drive to give you better performance that you would get from a normal hard drive.