$1100 Complete System

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

Country: US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Not initially, but planning on doing it

SLI or Crossfire: Somewhere down the road


Case: $115
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

PSU: $80
CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified

Motherboard: $175
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: $230
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155

GPU: $165
XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

Memory: $55
Kingston HyperX T1 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms

Keyboard: $45
RAZER Arctosa Black

CD Drive: $21
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X

Total $1080

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  1. I'd suggest the ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 motherboard for $121
  2. You can do better, Check out my $9000 build here:
    Then I'd go for a cheaper monitor:
    $160 same size and company just discounted.

    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.
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