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February 9, 2012 8:04:05 PM

Hi guys, I have not built a computer in a few years and was just looking for some second opinions. I am starting this build from scratch with little to no components that I can recycle from existing systems. I am not counting the cost of a monitor or keyboard and mouse in the $700 budget.

I need a computer for mostly recreational but some work programs. The most critical programs would be CAD programs that I use and require a decent processor and ample RAM. I would also like to use the computer for light gaming if possible from the start. I would like to have a computer that I can upgrade over the next few years so I decided to go with a i3 cpu build that can be upgraded to an i7 down the line. Here is what I have chosen so far.

OS
Windows 7 Premium OEM
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

CPU
i3 3.2GHz
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

MOBO
MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3) Intel Z68 Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ram
Patriot G2 Series PGD38G1600ELK Division 2 Edition Desktop Memory Kit
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Power Supply
Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2 Builder Series™ CX600 Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HDD (not quite decided yet but maybe)
Seagate ST2000DL003 Barracuda Green 2TB Hard Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

As for DVD I'll probably just get the cheapest one there (around $17)

Just wanted to double check all these components go together well and maybe some other options for upgrading the system. Right now with all these components its right around $700.

would be ideal if could play something like skyrim on it now, then later upgrade it dedicated SLI's with 16+ram and i7 CPU

Thanks in advanced for all your help.

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February 9, 2012 9:12:24 PM

It would be hard to play Skyrim without a Video Card. I'm pretty sure integrated graphics aren't going to cut it for anything but the lowest of low settings, if even that. CAD programs can also benefit from a good video card. Tom's Hardware has a nice review page for all budget ranges that is updated often, the most recent is located here. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
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