Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week or two
Budget Range: < $1,000 Before / After Rebates: $X,XXXX before rebate, as long as final < $1,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Architectural Design Only, No Games! Revit 2012, Photoshop CS5, 3d Max for Rendering, AutoCad 2012
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com; will consider others if pricing is better obviously
Country: St. Louis, MO, USA (Yes, there is a Microcenter here)
Parts Preferences: None, except an Intel processor.
Overclocking: Not required
SLI or Crossfire: No SLI/Crossfire (No need for it)
Monitor Resolution: (2) 1920x1080 monitors now, possibly (2) 1920x1200 monitors in the future
Additional Comments: Here is a list of parts I have compiled using Newegg.com exclusively. I have selected these products based on price mainly and the very limited knowledge I have about their compatibility. This will be my first build and the will be learning as I assemble the tower mostly from advice on forums. Thanks in advance.
Total price after rebates: $887.33 + $3.87 shipping = $891.20, gives me some money for headphones, mouse, etc.
If alternates are better suited for my build please let me know. I know the 2600k will be good for working with multiple applications simultaneously via Hyper-threading. I don’t need a Quadro or workstation GPU. The 2012 releases of the applications I will be using only utilize 12gb of Memory max.
Quadros Are Better For Architectural And 3D Modeling Stuff And Actually You Could Grab A Consumer Card And Flash It With The Quadro Equivalent BIOS So Do Some Research.
Your Decision On Newegg Will Likely Give You Better Selections And Pricing (Even Counting Shipping, Saving You Money Or Even Helping You Get An Even Spunkier Build) If You Dont Mind The Wait, SO Good Choice There But There Are Some Exceptions.
If you are planning on getting a 550th you might as well not get it. Hd3000 graphics are just as good for this stuff. Anything at or above a 570 then you will get the advantage in Cuda. Most programs won't use cuda if you have less then a 570.
I use a 2500k and a 550ti in my computer, and it is used a lot for AutoCAD 2012, Bently Plant V8i, Solidworks, and Photoshop CS2. The onboard graphics can do almost the same job as the 550ti will, but do have a problem with rendering shadows. I got my 550ti as a gift from my wife (i didn't want to sleep on the couch so I told her it was the best card she could have bought...), otherwise I probably would have gotten something better.