I'm building my first pc and I wanted yout input, I've found your site very helpful and informative .
I live south of the border, Mexico to be exact, so components are hard to come by (any help appreciated) and I want a machine capable of gaming (mostly RTS like starcraft 2 and FPS like Battlefield 3), Rhino, CATIA and Autocad (in that order). Heres a list of the components I've chosen, I'll list prices in USD to give you an idea of the price difference. Also I would like to do overclocking on the CPU and, in the future, upgrade the GPU or SLI it.
I appreciate any help or input, as I said, I liked a lot the level of knowledge and experience you show guys and I know you will be very helpful to me (also you'll like the challenge of building a good mid-range pc with limited components and inflated prices)
If you could provide links to the parts it would help us to check them better. Everything looks compatible, but I would get a SSD for the OS and a few games, rather than the big expensive HDD. You will most likely see the most bottlenecking from your HDD, with long load times etc. Getting a SSD will improve those times by a good deal. You could probably get a nice 120GB SSD for aroun the $110 range, then either pick up a storage drive or wait to get one when the prices drop. Just a suggestion though.
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Ill post links to newegg pages since I'm buying in Mexican stores. As for the HDD, the only way I got the money was to pitch the build as a "Home" computer for my family so I need the space. Maybe I'll get a SSD when I visit the States, the prices here are ridiculous! (around $120 for a 64 Gb!)
GPU CPU Case MoBo RAM (I actually changed it to Kingston HyperX Blu RAM) PSU (Would I need to change it when I add the second GPU?) (how much power would you recommend if I stick to only one GPU?) Heatsink HDD