Putting together a new desktop for a family member. Building to last as along as possible - may one day be re-purposed to an older gaming machine. I like the idea of sticking with NVIDIA for the gfx card as CUDA is/could be useful given the nature of the box. This will be a home drafting box, so no need for Quadro, etc.
Do all these parts jive together? Any better options?
Would it be worth looking into SSD caching and a smaller HDD?
Approximate Purchase Date: Next two weeks Budget Range: $1,000 System Usage from Most to Least Important: 2D (maybe some 3D in the future CAD drafting, MS Office, browsing, maybe one day for gaming) Are you buying a monitor: No Do you need to buy OS: Yes Location: Canada Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: Not immediately, maybe in the future
Nice choice of parts. They will work together.
Only, if you want nvidia, i'd go for 660 Ti.
Also i'd go with 2x8 RAM to leave two slots open, if you feel like an upgrade needed.
And SSD would be a nice thing to boost speed on your 2D applications and OS.