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First ever build: AMD vs Intel for Gaming +olater CAD use

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June 2, 2011 4:08:52 PM

I am trying to figure out what would be a better option for me. This is my first self-built computer, and hoping for it to last a while. I'm on a budget (<$1000 if possible) but looking to set up a fairly powerful system.

It will be primarily used for gaming, but in a year or two MAY (not for sure) start getting some CAD use as well as Finite Elements and Mathematica.

First thing first, AMD or Intel.
I've been looking at i5 2500k vs. Phenom IIx4 965/970
Phenom x6 1100T I have Also looked at some.
The i7's seem to push me out of my price range fast.

With that, what GPU would likely pair best with the CPU you see most fit. Not really planning on going dual card anytime soon, if ever, most things I've read so far sudgest it really isn't worth it.

And if you're bored, pair a motherboard?

In terms of hardware, I'm near illiterate, but reading up on stuff and slowly learning. In terms of OS's themselves, I'm pretty proficient (triple booted my macbook last year :D  )

Thanks for the help!
June 2, 2011 5:32:53 PM

EDIT: Will update with proposed system config later, stay tuned!
Approximate Purchase Date: 6/6/11 - 7/1/11

Budget Range: $700 - $1000 (willing to go to $1200 if REALLY worth it)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, CAD Drafting*
, Engineering Modeling (finite elements)*, Watching Movies, Web Surfing
*In 1-2 years - maybe, but maybe not

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Leaning AMD CPU, quality MB, Antec Case or Coolermaster

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900 (have to check this)

Additional Comments: Bonus points if I can add another HDD later and turn it into a dual boot hackintosh, but by no means required.

Windowed case and BA looking setup also bonus points.

Mostly concerned with CPU (AMD vs Intel) and GPU, after that MB and RAM sudgestions would be appreciated.

Link to newegg public wishlist I made: