Advice for Engineering Pc build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next month or around January

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: autoCAD (or any CAD software), MATLAB, gaming, web browsing, media
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: doesn't matter, I live outside the US




SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the near future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Trying to improve my computer since i'm getting bottleneck from my laptop

Here's what I was thinking:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $621.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 23:59 EST-0500)

Need help for the Video Card, what would benefit more for the CAD software and single monitor gaming (not so hardcore, being MMOs and MOBAs the most heavy graphics) and probably getting ready for SLI or Crossfire in about a year. I was thinking on a GTX 660 ti (for non SLI) but i think is maybe a lil overkill for my resolution.
OS not needed since i already own my Win7 64 pro

Thanks in advance for any advice

EDIT: forgot to mention my budget that is around $700 (without counting the Video Card)
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  1. Best answer
    Don't get the HAF 912. Get the NZXT Elite 210 or NZXT 220. The Haf 912 does not have usb 3.0 but the ones I listed have it and at a cheaper price.

    There's a sale on seagate 1tb drives for only $50 on newegg, you might have missed it.

    I think for your resolution the 660 would be best I think CAD software needs CUDA?? Although, I think that an i7-3770k would do you wonders here.
  2. A lot of CAD software still uses CUDA, so get Nvidia.

    For 1440x900, I'd probably get a GTX650 TI.
  3. Thanks for the quick reply and i was considering a 922, but the USB 3.0 wouldn't be a problem atm since I dont have anything that would use it really and wouldn't mind using the back ports.

    About the sales, maybe I could order from the US but probably buying the parts in Mexico.

    Interesting to hear about the CAD software and the CUDA, going to do more research into that.

    Thanks again
  4. Get the NZXT 220. It's a better performer than the 922.
  5. Best answer selected by nachitoozm.
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