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~$750 Gaming/Solid Modeling PC Build Request!

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!!
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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. For $100 more you could get this:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100354oc2l

    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 :)
  6. Just thought of this, do you know how big mid-tower ATX cases are? You may prefer a mATX build too.
  7. 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.
  8. Best answer
    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)
  9. Oh and by the way if you want to get into high end overclocking an aftermarket cooler would be useful, like this quiet mid-budget cooler:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rls12m24pkr1

    you can go super high end if you want some high clock speeds too :)
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