Built for CAD, school, and gaming. First time to build a PC and being on a students budget I had to make the best of sales, instant rebates, and price matching. Solidworks and Pro-E works fantastically quick on this build and can preform simulation test very well. For what the budget was it is great for gaming.
CPU - Got lucky and was able to snag one from a Fry's black Friday. Though I would love to have the 3770k or go with Haswell I think this will do just fine for the price.
MoBo- Newegg instant rebates.
Ram- Newegg sale
Harddrive- Microcenter sale
SSD- Refurb at newegg.
GPU-upgrade from gtx 660 to 970
Case- Microcenter sale
PSU- Microcenter sale and MIR
Optical- I got from a old computer
OS - I was able to get it free from DreamSpark through my Engineering School.
Monitor-Gifted, happy birthday to me.