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First build.. work/play $1300ish?

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December 10, 2010 1:59:28 AM

I've been lurking in these forums for a little while now trying to educate myself as much as possible while contemplating my first build. Its long overdue and since my PSU is now failing I might as well just take the plunge. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I'm a wee bit nervous.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $1300.. We'd all like to spend less, but if necessary I'll spend 13 or a lil more.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Some CAD software, possible gaming, movies (blueray), surfin'

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is good

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: AMD

Overclocking: Maybe

Crossfire: Yes, down the road
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This is about as far as I've gotten.. but still nothing is set in stone. I welcome any and all advice!! Outside of these items I'm pretty darn clueless!

GA-890FXA-UD5 Mobo -

AMD Phenom II x6 1090T CPU-

Corsair 750w PSU-

HD 5770 1gb-
December 10, 2010 3:05:51 AM

^ Some suggestions-
1. Mobo - I dont think you would need a FX board if you will not be overclocking very high and not going more than 2 graphic cards,...the x8x8 Crossfire provided by the 890GX boards are good enough for even HD 5870s,...

2. RAM - If CAD work is going to take up most of the time of that PC, then go for atleast 8GB of RAM,...

3. PSU - IMO 750W is not required, you could even do with a 650W PSU

4. GPU - Check out the newer HD 68xx GPUs they are very good and scale very well...

Here is a complete rebuild with some combos,...
1090T + Gigabyte 890GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mushkin 8GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - I would highly recommend this PSU
Seasonic X650 80+ Gold and is one of the best(I could say even better than the Corsair, actually Seasonic only manufactures most of the high-end Corsair PSUs)
20% off with promo code PSU126, ends 12/17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card -
HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or if you have a high resolution monitor(1080p) and game frequently, then maybe the HD 6870, but the 6850 is very powerful and would be very good for 1080p if you are fine with slightly lower settings(but in most of the games it could easily handle High-Very High settings though)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE + OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SSD for boot
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 10, 2010 2:51:45 PM

Err Fermi GTX 400 known for being neutered for CAD and most logical theory to date thus far has to be : Nvidia does not want Fermi non pro-class GPU to cannibalize Quadro sales @@

Even discussed in their forums here
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=187074

For Adobe i would go Nvidia though ^^

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