New Build for Gaming and CAD

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $500, dont mind rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, CAD (Microstation, Civil3D, AutoCAD, Infraworks), listening to music (metal, 5.1 surround setup)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Motherboard, RAM, CPU Fan (PSU is in signature)

Do you need to buy OS: No, using Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Location: Orlando, FL

Parts Preferences: Looking at the 4670k for the CPU unless someone can convince me on the 4770k. Ive always had good luck with Gigabyte stuff. I do like the MSI gaming boards.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: Monitors in signature. Main is a 24" 1080p.

Additional Comments: Again, pretty sure I am going with the 4670k, but if anyone can give me a good reason for the 4770k, I could expand the budget the extra $100.

I am interested in a good sound chip built in to the motherboard. All the manufacturers seem to have their solutions, but are there differences, or is just marketing? Same goes for these ethernet ports with the Killer stuff.

Also, should I go with 8GB or 16GB of RAM? I am leaning towards 8, but is there a reason to go 16GB? Also read a lot about timings and speed but am not very clear on that. I believe I should get atleast 1866, if not faster.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Just getting itchy for an upgrade, and its been a while obviously.


Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell


GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87

MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87

What makes the 65 better than the 45? Also open to other suggestions here.


Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

That looks to be the best bang for the buck right now. Also considering the liquid cooling options, but I have no idea which are the best.


No idea

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  1. What is your budget range? The 4770k is a very good cpu because it has multi threading technology, it would also make you build more 'future proof'.
  2. You're not going to come in under $500 with buying a 4770K - that alone retails around the ~$350 range if you don't have a Micro Center handy.
  3. Well I figured if there was a good reason to get the 4770k, then the budget would move up to 600. I would need some persuasion to spend the extra 100 though.

    What I really need help on is the motherboard and ram.

  4. 4770k has hyperthreading.
    It makes a quadcore an octacore.
  5. I'd say just go MSI G45 motherboard. You don't need to upgrade your RAM as it seems fine enough. So from the saved money go for the 4770K. It makes your rig future proof. Hyperthreading has it's uses in CAD.
  6. Got a 4770k for $245 shipped on a price match from staples
    Also go this RAM for $50 on some random newegg sale:

    Still debating on which board to get.
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