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Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week or so. Depends on how long it takes me to decide on all the hardware.

Budget Range: I'd like to stay around $1000 for the system, not counting the keyboard, monitor, and mouse.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing internet/Online Classes/AutoCAD (as a draftsman, not a student trying to learn it.)/ Maybe some light gaming if the system has the specs to handle it.

Parts Not Required: I have a brand new OCZ agility 3 120gb SSD that is just laying around. I plan to buy the keyboard, monitor, and mouse separate.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: direct

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU/Kind of like the new ASUS mobo's

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: My workstation at work is 1600x1200 and it seems clear enough. but if I can get to 1080 that's cool too.

Additional Comments: See below.

Hello all,

First post here so go easy on me if I've done anything out of the ordinary with how I've structured my post. I'm fairly new to buiding PC's, but wouldn't consider my self as non-tech savvy. Last time I spec'd out a PC was when the Conroe series CPU's were top of the line, so it's been awhile since I've messed with this. I am currently running an older HP laptop w/8gb of ram running vista, and I'm using it like a desktop. I'd like to get into a nice desktop, and while I could just buy one pre-built, I like the idea of building it myself and having the ability to upgrade hardware in the future.

I currently work for an engineering firm drafting in AutoCAD/Microstation, as well as processing 3D pointcloud data and generating 3D models(which takes quite a bit of umph). My workstation at work can blow away many gaming rigs, but it is also close to $10k new. My goal for this PC that I am planning to build is to take the place of my current laptop for surfing and light work, but also allow me to do AutoCAD(drafting house plans, not work related stuff) and some light gaming. I'd like to run dual monitors, and if possible I was wondering what you guys though about using the on-board/on CPU graphics for now, using the money to buy everything else, and getting a graphics card at a later date(once I start rolling with ACAD).

Below is a list of hardware that I have picked out, please let me know your thoughts.

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

HDD (Plan to use it for storage, and keep the OS on the SSD): Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

OPTICAL: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 1866

CPU: Intel Core i5-3750K

MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  1. Looks good to me all is compatible good job!
  2. Thanks for the input Big!
  3. I was going to complain about the antecs lack of cable routing options, but I see you have a modular PSU so its not a big issue, if you like the looks of the case grab it :)

    A case should be picked as a piece of furniture, based on form/function. I would suggest looking at some of the cases fractal design has to offer.

    Just a suggestion, and a pretty moot one as its all down to personal preference.

    But yes all you parts look good.
  4. Does anyone have any input on my plan to use on-board graphics for the time being?
  5. It will work but don't expect to play most newer games on it with any type of decent quality. certainly no autocad work etc (not sure how autocad works but isn't it very gpu bound?)

    There are games you can play, and very decently. NFS:MW, WoW, Diablo 3, Torchlight, the gtas before IV, Theres more but I can't remember any titles atm :/
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