Hello. I am a virgin builder and have looked over the new build guide(s), and done a fair amount of research, I feel like I can post my build for critique. Let me have your worst. This site has been very helpful, thanks to all the contributors for helping new builders such as myself.
Here goes nothin'....
Build Information Approximate Build Date: 2-4 Weeks
Budget Range: ~$2000 After Rebates
System Usage (Most to Least Important): CAD/CAM Design & Simulation (Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, Mastercam), Web Browsing, Video Editing, Word Processing, Email, Music/Media.
Parts Not Required: None, I need everything.
Preferred Parts Website: Newegg & Tigerdirect, open to suggestion.
Parts Preference: I am inclined to go Intel Processor, ASUS Mobo, NVIDIA Graphics Card. Open to suggestion. Ultimately, I want a balanced system that optimizes as many components as possible.
Overclocking: No/Maybe. I'm ignorant on the subject. Advice?
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Undecided, plan on starting with one monitor, then upgrading to two later.
Thanks for the great suggestions. Is there any reason (besides price) not to go with the 2700? On Newegg (at least if I'm looking at the right one..) it is only $20 more. I'm as frugal as anybody, and may not do it, but $20 is drop in the bucket at this scale. However, if the 100mhz is the ONLY difference, probably not a wise use of $20.