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Best Computer for gaming, autocad, rendering & heavy calculating software

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February 13, 2014 9:23:24 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:: this week

Budget Range: : 1,200 - 1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: hard gaming, heavy computing engineering software, autocad rendering

Are you buying a monitor:
I just bought this one today without doing any research. its 27" asus led
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/27-ips-led-hd-monitor/87671...$abcat0509000&cp=1&lp=1
Should I return it and get something better for the money spent?

Parts to Upgrade: Everything but the case. I have a NZXT ZERO Full Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Do you need to buy OS: No. I have window 7 home premium

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: whatever you recommend. I like newegg but its been years since i've built a computer.

Location: Houston, TX

Parts Preferences: Intel way over AMD

Overclocking: Doubtful, but definitely interested if recommended

SLI or Crossfire: not sure of the difference here...

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 is what I currently have but I would like a higher resolution with a 27" or larger monitor if possible.

Additional Comments: I don't care about bling. I want something POWERFUL for running my engineering program and for running games like COD: Ghosts

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current computer can't run COD: Ghosts so I'm giving it to an employee of mine to upgrade his.

I am planning on building myself a new computer but I have been out of the game for quite awhile. I do alot of Autocad work and some rendering which I'm not sure if that requires more on the CPU or GPU. Also I'm not sure If AMD is better for this or Intel. I mostly run a software called MBS which is an engineering software and does TONS of calculations. I have a couple comupters here and the Intel CPU's seem to handle MBS about 4 times better (literally does the calculations in 1/4th the time of the AMD computers) I'm currently running an i5 2320 @ 3.00 gHz with a crappy office depot AMD Radeon HD 6450 gpu which I installed today. Something isn't working correctly beucase I can't run 1920 x 1080 like before.... anyways this fact and the fact that I recently bought COD Ghosts are the reasons why I want to just upgrade and build a new rig.

To clarify:
Uses: Autocad & Rendering, Engineering Software with heavy CPU Calculations, & Heavy Gaming
Needs: Basically Everything except a case
Budget: I would like to be $1,200 to $1,500 but since this is also a business computer, money is kind of the smallest factor. I want something POWERFUL that can run my games in 1080p with all the settings cranked up to the max.

Hopefully this gives yall enough info and hopefully this is do-able in my budget but if its not, again the budget is not the most important factor here.

Thanks
February 13, 2014 10:02:25 PM

one important thing, so others can help :) 

budget, well, unless i missed that in your post :) 
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February 13, 2014 10:08:57 PM

sorry about that... must've erased it when i was updating.. 1,200 to 1,500
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February 13, 2014 10:41:36 PM

Well, since you left the door open for a little leeway on the budget I took advantage of it. This system would rock your requirements and be awesome!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($158.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1534.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-14 01:40 EST-0500)
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February 14, 2014 8:41:59 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Well, since you left the door open for a little leeway on the budget I took advantage of it. This system would rock your requirements and be awesome!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($158.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1534.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-14 01:40 EST-0500)


Thanks! What about a six-core processor? Is it worth the upgrade?
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February 14, 2014 9:58:09 PM

ChanceK said:
shortstuff_mt said:
Well, since you left the door open for a little leeway on the budget I took advantage of it. This system would rock your requirements and be awesome!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($158.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1534.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-14 01:40 EST-0500)


Thanks! What about a six-core processor? Is it worth the upgrade?


I'll let you decide if you want to throw the budget completely out the window. :)  Here's the same build with a six-core i7-4930K and LGA 2011 motherboard.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($558.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($158.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($207.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1881.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 00:56 EST-0500)
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