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~$750 Gaming/Solid Modeling PC Build Request!

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August 15, 2013 10:32:23 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week/weekend

Budget Range: $750-850 shipped

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Casual/semi competitive Gaming (CS:GO), surfing, potentially Solid Works 3D modeling in the near future

Are you buying a monitor: No, currently have Asus 24" monitor


Parts to Upgrade:

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Or help getting an "aftermarket" one ;) )

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference but would like a one-stop shop

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Shirley, MA USA 01464

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

Overclocking: Maybe, i wouldn't mind learning while I go

SLI or Crossfire: Unsure of what this is exactly

Your Monitor Resolution: Unsure of exact resolution but it can go quite high. I dont usually run games in a very high resolution though

Additional Comments: I have never built a computer myself but am capable. I have access to an ESD mat as well as normal and specialized small tools if necessary. I will likely be running Steam for CS:GO and SolidWorks and cruising the internet 90% of its use.

I would love to try out an SSD but at the price point I am at, I doubt it will be cost effective.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Had an XPS420 tower for ~9 years and it worked really well for me until it died during a move to our new house. Considered diagnosing and replacing the problem but decided that even with that, it likely wont last much longer.

Thanks in advance!!


a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 10:39:51 AM

Do you use the sparse solver type in solidworks?

Also do you use more than 8GB in solidworks?

Here is a rig if the answer to the above questions is no:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($120.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $595.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 13:46 EDT-0400)
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August 15, 2013 10:41:58 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
Do you use the sparse solver type in solidworks?


No, most of my modeling is very basic and not complex. I would be using the system partially as a self-teaching tool as well as draw up simple solutions. In reality, the SW usage might not be that high ever.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 10:49:21 AM

OK in that case there is no point getting a 8 thread processor because you will never use it :p  The above system has the best performance processor for the money, and a 7770Ghz edition because that can play CS : GO at 1080p at max settings with ease, anymore than that would be a waste of your money really.

For Solidworks i do reccommend an SSD it can really help speed up work loads.

Build with an SSD:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($120.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $686.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 13:51 EDT-0400)
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August 15, 2013 11:10:40 AM

Thanks man!

Would spending ~$50-100 more on a video card bring me significant benefits? The processor looks good, just cant find much/any benchmark info on the GPU

ps3hacker12 said:
OK in that case there is no point getting a 8 thread processor because you will never use it :p  The above system has the best performance processor for the money, and a 7770Ghz edition because that can play CS : GO at 1080p at max settings with ease, anymore than that would be a waste of your money really.

For Solidworks i do reccommend an SSD it can really help speed up work loads.

Build with an SSD:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($120.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $686.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 13:51 EDT-0400)


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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 11:16:20 AM

For $100 more you could get this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100354...

But honestly if your happy with max settings on CS : GO and high settings on most other games at 1080p then you'll be fine with the 7770 Ghz edition.

your not a big gamer anyway, so a 7770 Ghz edition would be a great card for you :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 11:18:25 AM

Just thought of this, do you know how big mid-tower ATX cases are? You may prefer a mATX build too.
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August 15, 2013 2:24:57 PM

I am open to other suggestions. I have space for a tower but i wouldnt mind looking at other size and build options.

ps3hacker12 said:
Just thought of this, do you know how big mid-tower ATX cases are? You may prefer a mATX build too.


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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 2:35:57 PM

Slight changes for an mATX system:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Arctic Cooling Arctic F9 43.0 CFM 92mm Fan ($4.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $670.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 17:35 EDT-0400)

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