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New build advice for gaming machine with ability to run SolidWorks CAD

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April 13, 2014 8:50:45 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: ~$1250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and then low power SolidWorks 2013 usage

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - leaning toward Win 7 64-bit. Not sure of the difference between premium and professional. Suggestions?

Location: South East PA. Bucks County

My biggest challenge with this build is that I want a good gaming machine, but I also want to be able to use SW from home when necessary. Game cards work on DirectX and SW uses openGL. It is my understanding that the CPU will have to do all the processing if I use a gaming card for SW. With that in mind I'm leaning toward the following:
Intell i7-4770
16GB Ram (can i use 2x8gb and leave room for expansion instead of 4x4gb?)
small 120GB SSD boot drive
1 TB hard drive
Nvidia GTX660 - simply because of SW success stories and decent gaming reviews.
PSU req'd is 500W (should I go larger?)

I did some looking online ibuypower seemed to have the most flexibility, good prices, but also terrible customer support, so I built up a system on PCPartPicker and I would love your feedback.

Here's the link to what I was looking at:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3r0b3

OR

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ttdiver/saved/4m6T





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April 13, 2014 9:11:58 AM

I'll post a revised build in a few minutes.
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April 13, 2014 9:28:03 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Platinum 650W 80+ Platinum Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1254.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 12:27 EDT-0400)

Better bang for the buck.
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April 13, 2014 10:09:22 AM

Thanks RazerZ, it does look like you saved me money across the board. Was price the main factor? Can the MOBO be expanded to 32GB? I'm very new to this.

I'm not sure about the GPU though. I'll have to see if anyone has any SW experience with it. Regardless, thanks for the help.
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April 13, 2014 10:16:28 AM

TTDIVER said:
Thanks RazerZ, it does look like you saved me money across the board. Was price the main factor? Can the MOBO be expanded to 32GB? I'm very new to this.

I'm not sure about the GPU though. I'll have to see if anyone has any SW experience with it. Regardless, thanks for the help.


Yes it can be upgraded the ram to 32GB, it's in the mobo specs. The GPU will be much better for gaming than a 660,. As for SW I know it works great for Inventor, so I feel it should be good for SW as well.
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