First Time Builder Seeking Advice/Confirmation

It's my first time...

Approximate Purchase Date: NOW! (already started - mainly seeking confirmation and a little advice if anyone has any)

Budget Range: 1500ish After Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Architecture Student (Rhino 3D, AutoCAD, REVIT)

What I've already Selected:

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 Ghz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I72600K (got it for 270$)

Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (160$)

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB kit (8GBx2) DDR3-1600 1.5V 240-Pin UDIMM BLS2CP8G3D1609DS1S00 (x2 for 32gb total) (120$ each x2)

Are you buying a monitor: No (Already got 2 24" Toshiba Flat Panel TV's @ 1080p (I know it's not ideal but was a great deal)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card) - The way I figure, from reading about a million posts, is that this is definitely bang-for-buck and since my monitors are not anything special then for my modeling it will suffice - as the video card doesn't have anything to do with actual processing speed...

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p 24" x 2 TV Monitors (Not sure what good these will be...)

Deciding between: 256GB Crucial v4 SATA 3Gb/s 2.5-inch SSD


256GB Crucial m4 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s

(Not sure if the extra Gb/s and better read/write speed is worth it - comments?)

Parts to Upgrade: First Time Build - All parts will be purchased NEW

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Probably Windows 7 Home Edition)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, Amazon, Manufacturers

Location: Honolulu, HI - USA

Parts Preferences: Top Quality Name Brands (but middle of road priced product)

Overclocking: Maybe (What exactly does this mean?)

Additional Comments: Still need a Case (smaller probably better but aesthetics may trump size - keep it kinda cheap if can), Need a Power Supply (I know nothing of these), Need cooling system? (Liquid cooling or other - suggestions would be nice), Optical Drive, Speakers, Network Card?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Tired of MAC - switching to PC - want to do it "myself"

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Here is a build that will suffice it comes just under budget and has a sweet case i have one. You only need 16gb of ram 32 is for video editing and really consuming programs in the Professional field. liquid cooling as i see is still not mature enough to be really valuable. overclocking is where you make the cpu run faster but at higher temps. and power same with graphics card.

    this list is just for the prices you can still get from newegg and amazon + wireless card asus pce-n15 $28
  2. Right on! Thanks for that... so, if I keep the mobo and RAM I already bought then everything else you used will be okay? - I'm maxing out the RAM cuz it's something I've been obsessed with for a while and can't seem to get off it...

    is that video card a personal preference or do you think it's better than the GeForce one I listed?

    happy to take your advice on power supply, case, cooler, hard drives and optical drive (unless someone else tells me any different)

    overall, big help - thanks so much!
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