Advice on this build?

I've put together a sub $1000 build, that I'll use mostly for school, running CAD, MATLAB, etc, and occasionally for games, although these games will most likely not be the most demanding on the GPU. I already have the monitor, and I need to stay right around the total I'm at now, which is $915 + shipping.

The build is:

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851

Cooler Master HAF 922 Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851

Windows 7 Home Premium

i-Rocks (backlit)Keyboard and mouse ($40 total)

LITE-ON CD/DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

WD 1TB Caviar Blue Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136767

ASRock Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198

OCZ 700W Power Supply (80 Plus Certified)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018

G.SKILL DDR3 (4GB, CAS latency 8)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180

EVGA GTS 250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130514

I know the GPU isn't the best, but like I said, I need to keep the price about where it is, and gaming isn't my first priority. Even if it was, I can add another card later, or even replace this one.

That being said, if anyone knows of a much better component, including the video card, that's pretty much the same price, I'd appreciate some advice.

Just need to know in general if the individual parts are good choices or not.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. I would change the WD Blue ( storage grade HD ) with a Samsung Spinpoint F3 for the same price.

    This memory is much faster and will be useful for CAD and such DDR3 1600 cas 7:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    That GTS250 is WAY overpriced. You can get a GTX460 768MB card for the same price. Or an HD 5770.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127519
  2. First things first. Ditch that WD drive. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB will be faster and the same price. Second, OCZ's PSUs are pretty terrible. I'd get a good 650W (or lower, see below) from Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, Silverstone, or XFX. Third, that GPU is not worth $150. Get an HD 5770 or GTX 460 instead.

    Here's what I'd look at:

    Mobo: While great, the ASRock 870 isn't the best choice. You don't need the option for a second card in Crossfire/SLI. You don't play GPU intense games (or so you say...) and with the CAD work you'll almost require a nVidia GPU. AMD doesn't do SLI well, so why spend more on a board that will allow it. Grab the ASRock 770 Extreme 3 instead.

    CPU/GPU: Here's a great combo for your uses: X6 1055T and GTX 460 for $339 after rebate. Only $5 more, yet a lot more power.

    Case/PSU: The HAF is a great case, but you don't need something that big (i.e. expensive). Here's another great combo: Antec 300 Illusion and BP 550W $105. While not the best of Antec's PSUs, that's a decent one. Another option is a combo with the Illusion and Windows 7, if you haven't bought Windows yet. Pair that with a 550W PSU from Antec's Earthwatts series, or any of the brands mentioned above.
  3. MadAdmiral said:
    First things first. Ditch that WD drive. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB will be faster and the same price. Second, OCZ's PSUs are pretty terrible. I'd get a good 650W (or lower, see below) from Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, Silverstone, or XFX. Third, that GPU is not worth $150. Get an HD 5770 or GTX 460 instead.

    Here's what I'd look at:

    Mobo: While great, the ASRock 870 isn't the best choice. You don't need the option for a second card in Crossfire/SLI. You don't play GPU intense games (or so you say...) and with the CAD work you'll almost require a nVidia GPU. AMD doesn't do SLI well, so why spend more on a board that will allow it. Grab the ASRock 770 Extreme 3 instead.

    CPU/GPU: Here's a great combo for your uses: X6 1055T and GTX 460 for $339 after rebate. Only $5 more, yet a lot more power.

    Case/PSU: The HAF is a great case, but you don't need something that big (i.e. expensive). Here's another great combo: Antec 300 Illusion and BP 550W $105. While not the best of Antec's PSUs, that's a decent one. Another option is a combo with the Illusion and Windows 7, if you haven't bought Windows yet. Pair that with a 550W PSU from Antec's Earthwatts series, or any of the brands mentioned above.


    ^ +1 for the Antec 300 Illusion case combo. Great little case.
  4. ^+1 @MadAdmiral, although Antec doesn't have a 550W Earthwatts; either 500W or 650W. The BP550 was favorably reviewed at HardwareSecrets though, so it's a safe choice if that particular combo works out best. The 550W Truepower New has a decent rebate on it now too, if you play that game and win.
    Don't forget to check out a possible student discount on your Windows license.
  5. Thuban + 8GB DDR3 + 1GB/256 bit GTX 460?

    $711AR



    Optional Items

    Scythe MUGEN-2 Rev.B cooler $34
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MUGENB&title=Scythe-SCMG-2100-MUGEN-2-Rev-B-5-Heat-Pipes-CPU-Cooler

    Review
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2535-16.html

    60GB Sandforce based SSD $110AR Free Ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542


    With all optionals in: $855AR Grand Total
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