NEW CAD/Gaming rig

Approximate Purchase Date: Likely next week

Budget Range: $2300-2600 CAN

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Design programs(AutoCAD, solidworks, programming, Maple Sim, Mat lab, circuit analysis software), gaming, movies

Are you buying a monitor: I have a 1920x1080 monitor

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except peripherals already got mouse, keyboard, headset, monitor and speakers.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, tiger direct, amazon

Location: Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: Nividea GTX 680 for GPU and an i7 processor. Undecided wether to get water cooling or just use fans.

Overclocking: yes

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: would likely prefer water cooling since i will probably be overclocking and getting a second gpu or upgrading it in the future.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Have an ancient 5 year old lap top that is as slow as molasses, need something that will last me a good 3-4 years.

This is what I am looking at so far:
Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D/ NZXT Switch 810/ up for suggestions I want a big sturdy case with lots of room, good cable management and possibility of water cooling.
CPU: Intel i7 3770 ivy bridge / up for suggestions here but I am looking for performance
GPU: Nividea GTX 680 (only planning on using 1 monitor, might upgrade it in the future to a bigger higher resolution one so a quality GPU is in my best interest.)
PSU: Not really sure, I was thinking a 750W with a gold rating one for future overclocking and SLI.
HDD: at least 1TB and probably cavalier green or baracuda brand
RAM: looking for 16G of RAM and it has to be low profile
SSD: enough to hold my OS and maybe a few programs(80-120G)
Optical Drive: Blue ray player/writer
MOBO: Not sure but it has to be compatible with i7 and GTX 680
Cooling: Not really sure if I will need extra fans or water cooling kit, suggestions are welcome.

random things: Dust filters for fans and maybe thermal paste
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  1. still could use some suggestions
  2. Here is a rough build. Maybe some one with more experience can comment.

    CPU: I7-3770K
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100
    MB: Asus Sabertooth Z77 (could get a cheaper board ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 save $100)
    Ram: Corsair Vengeance 4 x 4gb - 16gb DDR3-1600
    SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 120gb (not sure havent bought or used a ssd yet)
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
    GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 (Massive case plenty of room Full tower but almost super tower size)
    PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Optic Dive: ASUS BW-12B1st
    OS: Windows 7 home 64 bit

    $1888 (rough cost could be cheaper using bundle deals from newegg)
  3. I'll look into the components but it's good to finally get some suggestions
  4. could still use some suggestions.
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