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April 15, 2010 11:14:08 PM

Core i7 860 (2.8 GHz)

MSI P55 Micro ATX mobo (supports just over 2000MHz RAM speed)

4GB of G.SKILL Trident DDR3 dual-channel RAM (2000 MHz)

XFX GeForce 9500 GT 1GB, 128-bit video card.

WD Caviar Black 750 GB HD (7200 RPM, 32MB cache)

Running on Windows 7 64-bit

I know the video card is old, but I don't intend to play games on this computer. It will be used almost exclusively for a combination of programs for school (AutoCAD, MATLAB, Word and Excel) and web browsing.

I'm also interested to know if it would be worth it to drop an extra $110 on a 30GB OCZ SSD, and run windows and my main programs off of it. Would I notice much of a difference past boot times?

All-in-all, what would rate this rig 1-10? With SSD and without it.

Any suggestions on better products at similar prices for any of it?

Buying from newegg, in a month or so, and looking to spend around $1250 total (including case, keyboard/mouse, monitor, and OS)

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April 15, 2010 11:17:50 PM

What's your budget? Where are you planning on buying the components? Why do you think you need DDR3 2000 RAM? DDR3 2000 RAM won't speed up your system any more than good CAS 7 DDR3 1600 RAM.

Please post in the format found in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky so we have all the information we need to help optimize your system.
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April 15, 2010 11:22:15 PM

Just edited my first message to include budget and stuff like that. Don't think I need 2000 RAM, but it's the same price (roughly) as 1600, and was well reviewed on newegg.
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April 15, 2010 11:28:22 PM

I haven't had good long-term reliability luck with MSI motherboards. I would stick with either Gigabyte or Asus. Here's a very nice CPU + motherboard combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $396.98 (i7 860 + Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3)

I would get this CAS 7 DDR3 1600 RAM.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM $119.99

I wouldn't get the old WD Black 750GB drive. You can get a faster drive with more storage for $10 more.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $89.99
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April 15, 2010 11:37:56 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
I haven't had good long-term reliability luck with MSI motherboards. I would stick with either Gigabyte or Asus. Here's a very nice CPU + motherboard combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $396.98 (i7 860 + Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3)

I would get this CAS 7 DDR3 1600 RAM.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM $119.99

I wouldn't get the old WD Black 750GB drive. You can get a faster drive with more storage for $10 more.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $89.99


Thanks. Very informative and helpful.

Am I good at 4GB of RAM, or should I double to 8? Any advice on the video card?
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April 16, 2010 5:25:45 AM

8GB would be helpful for CAD work. People on these forums may tell you that 8GB is overkill, but that really only applies to strictly gaming systems. Your use will benefit from 8GB of RAM.

I tend to prefer ATI GPU's at the moment, but the 9500 GT should work fine for you.
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April 16, 2010 6:37:17 AM

i had a 9500 and it was a piece of crap..but if you only doing school work it should do
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April 19, 2010 7:20:06 PM

Best answer selected by chiefsfan27129.
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