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I have a CAD station that I built around September of 2008 based on advice from this forum, so far it has worked great, however I feel that it is in need of some TLC-I think that its time to pimp my ride. It can handle anything I throw at it without crashing, it just gets bogged down when I'm multitasking and software loads slowly. I don't know enough about computer components, which is why I've come here to ask the experts. The specs of my machine are listed below...

Hardware:
Asus Radeon HD 4850 512mb 256 bit GPU
OCZ Platinum 2 x 2Gb DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) RAM
WD 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s HD
XIGMATEK 92mm rifle CPU cooler
OCZ StealthXStream 500 watt ATX 12 v power supply
ASUS P5Q SE/R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX MB
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz processor

Software:
Windows 7 Professional x64
Primarily running A LOT of Catia V5R20 for 3D, Simulation and CAM, Vericut for CAM, SketchUp 8 Pro for 3D and AutoCAD for 2D, I also use a lot of Mach3 for CAM, Solidworks 2011 for 3D, and occasionally run Rhino 4.0 SR8 for 3D, LayOut 3 for 2D, and HeeksCAD for 3D and CAM. I would like to some day run simulations on ProE, and CAM on Unigraphics as well.
I figure thats about 40-50 Gb of program files.

Aside from CAD this computer will have OpenOffice, iTunes, and Google Chrome installed-it will be very much a dedicated CAD station. I don't do very much rendering, I mostly stick with part design and small assemblies, so the quality of the graphics are not as important as the speed at which they load.

Ideally my budget for this is not to exceed $600.
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i5 2500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115073 $210
hd 6790 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150564 $110 after rebate
64gb ssd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148441 $105
8gb ddr3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820313123 $38
z68 mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130614 $115

coming to just under $600. the CPU and GPU upgrade will be a very respectable performance boost over what you have. and using the SSD as a cache will greatly improve the speed of your system and apps.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 2500K 4.7ghz 1.36v MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) MSI GTX 680 TFIII 4GB SLI 1248mhz core 6.5ghz mem 16GB Patriot Viper X Div 2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2xM4 64 GB Raid 0 4x5900rpm Baracuda Raid 0 Pioneer BDR Windows 7 Home Premium Triple Asus 27" monitors 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Tt Challenger Ultimate Corsair AX-1200 NZXT Switch 810 Mionix Naos 5000 
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Mionix Propus 380 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 2500K 4.7ghz 1.36v MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) MSI GTX 680 TFIII 4GB SLI 1248mhz core 6.5ghz mem 16GB Patriot Viper X Div 2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2xM4 64 GB Raid 0 4x5900rpm Baracuda Raid 0 Pioneer BDR Windows 7 Home Premium Triple Asus 27" monitors 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Tt Challenger Ultimate Corsair AX-1200 NZXT Switch 810 Mionix Naos 5000 
Mouse Pad
Mionix Propus 380 
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Would that i5 be a better performer than some of thew lower end i7s that are similarly priced? Also I had concerns that upgrading either my GPU or my CPU may require a that I upgrade my cooling, am I out in left field on that?
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