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.
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