I7 Build Gaming/Solidworks ($800-$1100): Have some parts already

BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1100
SYSTEM USAGE FROM: Gaming, Rendering (Solidworks)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Monitor, OS, Speakers, Case, Processor



PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Radeon GPU (Single GPU for now, most likely a 5850. Will crossfire later)




Hey guys. Looking to finally update my 5 year old computer. I'm looking to do an i7 build, as I have the processor already during that Microcenter sale. Also have an Antec Nine Hundred Case, I got during a sale as well. I'm finally gonna pull the trigger and finish the build. I have been looking at 5850 for a single GPU for now, and will most likely crossfire later once programs start having higher requirements again. Therefore, I would like to get a PS that can be used later for Crossfire 5850's (I've been thinking about 750Wish).

Possible Mobo/Ram combo I was looking at:

Basically just looking for some feedback on that mobo/ram (or a better alternative), and thoughts on using single 5850 for now crossfire later in the future, and a possible PS to use.

Parts I have Already:
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Cooler Master Hyper N520 RR-920-N520-GP CPU Fan For Intel LGA1366 & AMD AM2+

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  1. Board: ASUS P6T SE

    RAM: GSkill Ripjaws DDR3 1600

    HDD: Samsung F3 500GB or 1TB

    GPU: 5850 or 5870
    (Note, speaking from experience, the ATI drivers kind of $uck for CAD work imo, IIRC there is a huge hit on 2D performance hit for CAD with current ATI drivers)

    PSU: Corsair 750TX or better/similar

    @OP: YOU CAN NOT RUN A i7 930 on a P55 LGA1156 MOTHERBOARD linked in your OP: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5532357&CatId=4725
  2. Do you think it would be worth spending a little more for better RAM/mobo. Or do both of those that you recommended have some staying power? I would ideally like to build a system that has some staying power for a while.'

    Thanks for the advice.
  3. Quote:
    Or do both of those that you recommended have some staying power? I would ideally like to build a system that has some staying power for a while.'

    Yes and yes. The P6T SE can do CrossFire (but no SLI). The i7 930 + P6T SE will last you quite a while.
  4. Can you give me a little insight as to why you are choosing the GSkill Ripjaws DDR3 1600?


    Over say Corsair's Dominator
  5. Would be interested in anyone answering the question really.
  6. PremonitionGT said:
    Would be interested in anyone answering the question really.

    because gskill is like $50 cheaper?
  7. ^Yup. The GSkill Ripjaws are excellent RAM for the money. Quite a lot of people, including top OCers use them. Imo, the Dominators are over priced esp. for a build where there won't be any insane OCing.
  8. Think it would be worth spending a little more for a:

    ASUS P6TD Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Currently going for $249.99 after rebate.

    I will most likely do some overclocking.
  9. I'm personally not a fan of the P6T series. I would think about getting the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. It's a fairly cheap LGA1366 board, has SLI support, and has USB 3/SATA III ports.

    I'm going to echo the G.Skill sentiments as well. It may be worth the extra $10 to get the CAS Latency 7 sticks though (the Pi Series).

    For the PSU, I would get a 750W model from any of the following: Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, and Silverstone. I believe that right now the Antec Earthwatts is the cheapest at $85 after rebate, followed by the Corsair at $90 after rebate.

    Finally, I would definitely think about getting a nVidia card, especially if the rendering is important to you. nVidia cards are a little more expensive than ATI cards that perform similarly in game, but that premium may be worth it help with your other activities. I would at least consider the GTX 470.
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