I've finally decided to replace my five year old laptop with a new desktop. This will be my first system build, so I picked out most of the components based on reviews here. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially if you have any other motherboard suggestions.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next week
Budget Range: $1100
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, CAD (upgradeablity is also important)
Parts Not Required: Mouse, speakers, OS, hard drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/other online
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Not initially, but planning on doing it
With the build you'll get a better PSU so you can SLI/CF in the future which is upgradability. Then you get a solid board. Plus you get a better card, the 560 Ti or 6950 whichever you end up picking. The T1 isn't recommended just because it costs so much, go with something cheaper, the standard 8GB ddr3 1600 ram is good enough. You wouldn't notice the difference in CAD or real world apps.