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August 14, 2011 5:29:33 PM

I've been looking to finally build another desktop as my laptop isn't really cutting it for me anymore. I'd need to be able to run CAD (SolidWorks mostly) as well as Photoshop and the occasional game (nothing too strenuous). I'm looking to spend around $1000 for hardware (processor, motherboard, PSU, RAM, HDD, graphics, case) although I'm not opposed to spending a bit more if the gains are worth it. I've been out of the desktop game for a while so I'm not too familiar with the current options. Would the new AMD Bulldozer be worth it, or should I stick with Intel? I'd also like to be able to put a separate RAID setup together in the near future to use as a home file server, so if it would be at all possible to incorporate that it would be an added bonus.

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August 14, 2011 5:47:27 PM

Sorry, must have missed that.

Approximate Purchase Date: Now through 2 months

Budget Range: 1000 (maybe more, see description)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D CAD, Photo editing, file server, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, microcenter.com

Country of Origin: USA - New Jersey

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Maybe, probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I've been looking to finally build another desktop as my laptop isn't really cutting it for me anymore. I'd need to be able to run CAD (SolidWorks mostly) as well as Photoshop and the occasional game (nothing too strenuous). I'm looking to spend around $1000 for hardware (processor, motherboard, PSU, RAM, HDD, graphics, case) although I'm not opposed to spending a bit more if the gains are worth it. I've been out of the desktop game for a while so I'm not too familiar with the current options. Would the new AMD Bulldozer be worth it, or should I stick with Intel? I'd also like to be able to put a separate RAID setup together in the near future to use as a home file server, so if it would be at all possible to incorporate that it would be an added bonus.
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August 14, 2011 6:30:42 PM

This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on for SLI.

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Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

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Core i7 2600K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

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Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

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EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 01G-P3-1460-KR

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http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... <------GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 Motherboard

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev... <---- Review / benchmarks of HD 3000 graphics, Lucid Virtu, etc...

http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2011/01/solidworks-mul... <---- SolidWorks takes advantage of hyper threading hence the 2600K in this build.

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http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1501/1/

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http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7...
August 14, 2011 6:50:03 PM

Excellent, thanks for the help. I have a lot of reading to do.
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