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: newegg.com/tiger direct
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU/Kind of like the new ASUS mobo's
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.
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.