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Building a Gaming/ Sound recording & editing computer, CAD, Multipurpose deadline MAY 8

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May 2, 2013 11:05:59 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: may 8th

Budget Range: 1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, audio recording/editing,cad

this is what i got so far, any suggestions:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($7.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($121.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.68 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.95 @ Amazon)


Additional Comments: multiple screens desired, software: sonar 8 or up, battlefield 4 when it comes out, guildwars 2, AutoCAD,matlab.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: entertainment & productivity
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May 2, 2013 11:36:39 AM

Do you really need to go AMD FX? Intel i5/i7 would probably be a better CPU for your uses.
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May 2, 2013 11:49:10 AM

i would revise that build and you are missing an professional audio interface as well.
here's some opinion from my POV with a $1000 budget, assuming tax/shipping not included.
-CPU i5/i7 ivy bridge
-Motherboard Sub $150 Z77/Z75
-GPU HD 7870+ or HD7950 or HD7970 or GTX660ti or GTX670
-RAM Dual channel 1600mhz
-Cooler: Closed Loop liquid or some better Cooler of $50+
and everything else looks good.

Work of advice, check out tomshardware's "Build Your Own" articles, it helps :) 
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May 2, 2013 11:54:29 AM

Oh btw, since you said you're doing CAD as well... DO NOT GET NVIDIA GTX 600 SERIES... as it is GPGPU crippled.

If you need Double Precision calculations, a HD7900 series would suffice. If not, a HD7870ghz would have the best flops/watt available for single precision.

Another thing you could do is try to find an old Fermi-based GPU aka GTX500 series as it has more compute capability.
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May 2, 2013 11:56:40 AM

nguyenm said:
Oh btw, since you said you're doing CAD as well... DO NOT GET NVIDIA GTX 600 SERIES... as it is GPGPU crippled.

If you need Double Precision calculations, a HD7900 series would suffice. If not, a HD7870ghz would have the best flops/watt available for single precision.

Another thing you could do is try to find an old Fermi-based GPU aka GTX500 series as it has more compute capability.


What's your source on this? I'm running ACAD 2010 and I use a GTX 660, I do not know of the problem you speak of.
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May 2, 2013 12:55:43 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Do you really need to go AMD FX? Intel i5/i7 would probably be a better CPU for your uses.


Why? can you give me little explanation please.

I switched the ram for this

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($106.25 @ Newegg)
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