Alright so I am very new to this, so please be gentle if I obviously screwed up or did something silly; hey that's why I'm here!
The PC I'm planning to build will be my only computer, and therefore I need it to be versatile. I do some autoCAD, sketch-up, and photoshop frequently...so theoretically I should get a workstation graphic card. However, the prices are steep, and I'm not even sure if it's so worth it. I've also heard some about softmodding geforce -> quadro cards and was thinking this could be an option if I felt like it really needed to happen. The reason I didn't want to do a quadro is because of price, and also I do plan to game a little (not intense games though...just Sims and counter-strike, maybe halo. I'd like to have the options to try other games though).
Goals: Accommodate using a lot of programs at once, including graphics-intensive ones (CAD, photoshop). Speed, dependability. Support gaming occassionally. And to be upgradeable in the future.
Budget: Around 1,000 or under
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI FTW ATX Intel Motherboard - (I just chose this because it was a combo deal with the video card)
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Seventeam ST-650PAF 650W ATX 12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - (combo deal with the processor)
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders -
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -
Basically... I don't know what I'm doing...but I'm trying to learn. Thanks everyone for your help! I am curious what you guys think in regards to choosing a graphics card... is it better to choose a gaming or a workstation card if you're trying to be as versatile and cost-efficient as possible?