I am a Civil Engineer, I use AutoCAD and other heavy programs often. After AutoCAD froze on me and I almost lost 80 hours of work on a major project (luckily I am a tedious backup phene) with my standard issue laptop I decided it was time to build a computer I have never thought to do such a thing since I took C++ in college. These are the parts I have ordered and they have been arriving daily I will keep you posted as I complete this build over the next week or so. I chose the Asus H97 motherboard over a few others because the capabilities to expand to 32 GB of ram and additionally to Cross Fire video cards. I already had all the extras (keyboard, mouse, headphones, speakers, monitors etc). But in the mean time tell me what you think. My total spent as of today on all these parts was $976 after about $50 worth of rebates (fingers crossed on those) my inital budget was about $700 but I really wanted to go with an intel based system due to the advice of a good friend of mine that is a programmer, so I bumped that to $1000. Anyway as I wait. Tell me what you think!
Update 1/7/2015: After a lot of suggestions I returned the H97 Motherboard and picked up a z97-A Asus from amazon due to the restocking fees and return shipping I am up for $990 luckily I was able to get a copy of windows for free through my office. Everything will be here on Friday and I plan to build that day
Update 1/9/2015: Everything has finally arrived, we are starting the build as we speak I just uploaded pics of my OLD setup aka POS. and the new parts.
Update 1/10/2015: Assembled everything yesterday, its crazy how big that cooler is but it all looks very clean on the outside I need to do some cable management I'm going to fool with that tonight but it turned out great. I got windows installed last night, I am still trying to figure out how to slave my HDD to the SSD because its starting to fill up fast please comment or message me with any suggestions I will have more pics as I clean it up, I'm not really surprised as to how fast this is I did this all for under $1000 ( i already had the monitor and stuff so I think that really good) more upgrades to come in the future, this thing boots up so fast from the SSD I just about miss the Bios every time. After I am done Ill give a full breakdown.
Update 1/12/2015: Worked overnight and tied down all the cables and sensors to the best of my abilities, I was able to figure out the HDD it needed to be allocated (Control Panel>Disk Management). It is finished now I just have to set it up on my desk and I am finished. All my necessary software is loaded and running great, got my two free games from AMD, This thing is FAST!
Breakdown: This has been a great learning experience for me, I've never done anything like this and I really enjoyed it.
CPU: I chose the i7-4790K 4.0GHz because I wanted to go with an Intel based system and it was a part that I don't plan to upgrade later. This thing is designed for pure processing performance its capable of being overclocked if I ever want to and it's all around one of the best processors on the market today I am very pleased with it.
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper D92 54.8 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler After a lot of research on coolers with the original idea to do a water cooled system I changed my mind mainly due to the fact that many people have negative reviews of them, if it malfunctions and oozes fluid all over my $320 CPU I will be pissed. This thing is great totally silent, push pull, and it keeps it cold, these i7's are known to run very hot under load so using the factory heat sink wasn't an option for me if I care about my investment. Also I got this for $35 on amazon it was here in two days I love that. The only cons I can say are that it is HUGE and when I say HUGE I mean it. Luckily it fit in my case. Note to others to definitely consider that.
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard I chose this mobo after origninally purchasing a H97 and getting ripped on here for having an unlocked CPU and getting a locked mobo. So I got this one. I chose this one because of the price point and it was Asus. I like Asus, I guess I am partial to the brand but the BIOS on it is super easy to navigate. I have extra RAM and VC slots with this one too so If I later want to upgrade I can easily.
RAM: Team Elite Plus 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory I chose this because it was the lowest Price/GB for 16 GB of RAM and it was 2X8GB sticks instead of 4X4 GB so I have two free slots to put another 16 GB in this summer.
Storage: PNY Prevail 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive & Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive. I chose these two HD because I wanted to use the SSD to boot windows and AutoCAD from. The HDD is for all the BS and Storage/backup/files. Both were some of the lowest prices in their category.
Video Card: This is the only part I would buy differently but my budget wouldn't allow it and its alot easier to change a Video Card than it is a CPU so I put mu money there with an option to sell this and buy a bigger badder one or get another and run it crossfire. but it was cheap, its Asus (I'm a brand *****) and it works fine for everything I need as of now. Will Upgrade later though.
PSU: Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply I got this on sale for 69.99 from 99.99 and it had a $20 mail in rebate, I couldn't beat it and it was still more than enough to power this, it stays cool and is very quiet. plus its 80+ Gold and Modular and Corsair and had great ratings.
Case: Cooler Master N400 ATX Mid Tower Case I liked it and I was worried about my cooler not fitting so I figured Cooler Master products better fit or I will call their customer service and give them a nightmare. This Thing turned out to be SICK. Lots of space, very sleek and professional looking, came with two fans built in, everything fit. I was way more concerned with keeping everything cool and having good air flow rather than keeping it quiet. Turns out this case has superior air flow, it keeps everything ice cold I have 6 fans in it and I can't hear a thing. I'm happy with it it could have a little better cable management but whatever.
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry 2. I got this at a local store for $10 its touchscreen its accurate it looks sweet. I love it and I love the touch its pretty sick definitely adds to the appeal.
DVD Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer it matched it was cheap it was Asus
For under $1000 I highly recommend this build it went by flawlessly its completely silent it has a lot of power and room to upgrade I don't think you can beat it honestly I am pleased.
UPDATE: this gpu is cursed. I had to use the intel integrate graphics because it contantly froze my whole pc under any kind of load-even idle I do not recommend hopefully your not the poor soul that buys this from me off amazon.