If you couldn't guess already, I'm planning to build a new computer. My budget is around $2000, and I plan on taking it to college to work on game design, CAD, etc. Of course, I also plan on gaming.
Here's a general idea of what I plan my build will be.
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T: $269.99
2x SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5870 1GB Cards (In Crossfire): $539.98
ASUS M4A88T EVO AM3 Mobo: $109.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM: $104.99
Corsair CMPSU-950TX PSU: $149.99
Corsair Force 60GB SSD: $129.99
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB Storage Drive: $79.99
LITE-ON iHBS212 12x Blu-ray Burner: $109.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler: $29.99
TP-LINK TL-WN781ND IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter: $19.99
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Case: $159.99
Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit: $139.99
(Having a new rig for college: Priceless)
However, of note is that I came up with this build before Intel's new Sandy Bridge line hit Newegg. I am considering getting the i7-2600K ($329.99) and the GIGABYTE FA-P67A-UD3 Mobo ($129.99) Sure, it'll be more expensive, but word is that the performance is, ironically, more phenomenal than the Phenom II X6.
So, any suggestions? Tips? Comments?