Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 30 days
Budget Range: ~1,500 After Rebates, After Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: School/ Video Viewing/Gaming. I will be running Autodesk software (AutoCad, Architectural Desktop, maybe even Maya in the future) and Adobe software. I usually watch videos (streamed or downloaded) to an external TV (hdmi out). Then some gaming on top of that (Day Z Mod, maybe some more)
Are you buying a monitor: Yes, some monitor advice would help too.
Parts to Upgrade: New Build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever is cheapest, would prefer newegg/amazon
Location: Princeton, NJ
Parts Preferences: Always been an Intel fan, from what I have seen so far the i5’s are what is being recommended.
SLI or Crossfire: Don’t know
Your Monitor Resolution: TBD, monitor advice is also welcome
Additional Comments: New to computer building and just looking for guidance from the good people of Tom’s. I would like the computer to be somewhat upgradeable for the future as I will get a job next summer and be able to spend more on it. I will probably be storing CAD projects on this computer so some additional storage will be needed.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need something that can smoothly run what I need to run as listed above. Since I am going to be using these programs daily I want them with limited lag, within reason. The projects that I will have running on this computer are not going to be huge design projects usually just student created work.
The recommended parts from your link looks to be a solid build. I personally would bump the graphics card another $150 for an NVidia GTX670 rather than the HD7870 but I doubt you'll see enough of a difference right away to justify the difference - just what I would do.
If you look down though, compute-based activities, the 7870 is better than the 670. Radeon-based cards are typically better in this area. For this reason, I would suggest that you stick with Radeon cards.