~$1600 Gaming and CAD Rig

For the past month or so I've been salivating over building a new rig and its finally about to happen :bounce:


BUDGET RANGE: I'm looking to spend an extra $1100 approximately $1600 counting all parts.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: #1 Gaming and #2 CAD work (i.e. ProE and SolidWorks)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Case are reused. And no need for a power supply, hard drive, or RAM since I inherited them from a friend:

PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W
RAM: Corsair 6gb DDR3 1600
HDD: Caviar Black 640GB

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like Newegg, but not picky




SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Open to the idea

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Hoping for 23" b/c I've fallen in love with that size at work

Here's what I was thinking about. Feel free to tear it apart and offer something new.

CPU: i7-930
HEAT SINK: Noctua NH-D14
MONITOR: No clue

1) I'm wanting to spend no more than $1100 on the remaining parts (the components listed right above this line).

2) I know the build is a little thrown together due to the reused and gifted parts. Do they all make sense in my build?

Thanks for any help in advance!!! :D
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    Swap mobo to a ga x58 ud3R or asus p6x58d-e.
    Both offer SATA 6 and USB 3. Both also combo with an i7-930

    You can save a few bucks and just get cheapest sata optical on newegg.

    HSF- do you really need that? A scythe Mugen $35 will do similar performance for a fraction of the cost. A CM Hyper 212 plus $30 is even cheaper and will also allow a high OC, though at a bit higher temps.

    Monitor- Cheapest major brand 23" 1920 x1080 monitor is what you want. LCD's are a mature tech, so all you really need to do is make sure you have ports you want.

    For next few hrs you can get a 24.6" one for $180

    You also need a case. The HAF 922 is a nice large one.
  2. +1

    I'm not a fan of the 922 though. I find it ugly inside and out. I'm more of a simplistic design fan.

    relativly cheap, beautiful and with a few more fans performs like a dream.
  3. I wish I had friends like that
  4. i second the the ud3r same board i have and won toms awards IMO the hyper 212 is not adequate for overclocks above 3.6 ( runs too hot for my liking. I have the Noctua D-14 it's big, some ppl say it's ugly, and pricey, but it's so worth it
  5. Thank you all very much for the help so far. It'll help me sleep at night. And a big thanks to you, banthracis, for pointing out that deal on the monitor. But I still have a few more questions.....

    What do you guys think about the CPU and GPU? I know the Fermi cards are a sure source for argument on these boards, but the GTX 470 really seemed to fit in my price and performance range.
  6. Best answer selected by thampton415.
  7. If you need CUDA, then 470 is fine. i7-930 is also a good workstation CPU.

    I personally haven't had issues with the hyper 212 plus. I use them in both a i7-920 build and an i5-750 build.

    I've gotten both to 4.0ghz w/ under 60 C load temps @ ~19c ambient.
    i7 in a haf 922 w/ sidefan, i5 in an element g.

    A megahalem only gave me ~4c cooler temps on load on the i7, and that one is widely considered the best HSF for socket 1366.
  8. Sounds good. Once again, thank you all very much for your insight.

    And somebody_007, I'll be repaying my friend handsomely for a couple of those parts if I can use them in my rig. A good deed like that can't go unpaid.
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