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Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: $1000-$1700 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Catia, RC flight Simulators, Various 3D modeling

Parts Not Required: no Peripherals

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Perfer to be able to use variable cool n quiet type features to limit noise. Looking for simple no frills case this machine will probably not be connected to the internet and used as a workstation for 3D modeling and design mainly in Catia V5 AutoCad SolidWorks ect. Primary goal is fast as possible boot times and quick processing for Catia.

Case:http: Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid Tower

CPU:intel i52500

PSU: PC P & C silencer 910W


HSF:Coolermaster hyper 212

RAM:Mushkin Redline 16GB

SSD:Intel 510

HDD:1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3

Optical:Asus DVD burner

GPU:MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560

OS:Windows 7 Pro 64-bit OEM

Right now my main concern with this build is how well the 16GB RAM will play with the selected MoBo and CPU Any advice/critique would be appreciated I am more than will to consider a completely different build, my main requirments are a good SSD and A LOT of RAM Won't be using this as a gaming rig.
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    Let's get in-depth :D

    Case: Choose by stylistic preference. The Challenger's a good, cheap model, but I'm about to save you enough money to afford whatever fancy-looking box you like. Just trawl Newegg and see what catches your eye, or stick with this one if you don't want to spend more.

    CPU: You should get a 2500K, even if you're not gaming. In a few years, when the vanilla 2500 starts seeming a little balky, it'll easily stretch a few hundred mhz and it'll be like getting a whole new CPU for free. Plus, it's $180 if you can get to a physical Microcenter.

    PSU: You don't need more than 500W for any single GPU. This $50 Antec Earthwatts is good.

    Mobo: I generally recommend the MSI Z68A-GD80 at that price range ($190), but you could honestly drop down to a $120 ASRock Z68 Extreme3 without much of a difference. You won't need the couple of extra bins of maximum overclocking that an expensive board would get you.

    Heatsink: Good choice. You can't do better in that price range.

    RAM: You could save an even $100 by getting another set with identical specs, or $30 by getting a 2x8gb set if you think you'll want to upgrade to 32gb in the future.

    SSD: Get a $200 Samsung 830 128gb SSD if you're concerned enough about reliability to think of paying that much for the Intel. It's not worth $80 more.

    HDD: That one is pointlessly expensive. Get a $125 Seagate Barracuda instead.

    Optical: No problem. Any will do.

    GPU: With all the money I'm saving you (;)) you could easily get a 560 Ti, which might last you a little longer. This one's hardly more expensive anyway. EVGA, $210:

    OS: Windows Home, unless you're sure Pro gives you something you actually need.

    And we're at $1210 with the $120 mobo and the 2500K at its full $220 non-Microcenter price.
  2. In your case an i7 2600 or 2600K ( if overclocking ) makes more sense. You will be able to use the extra 4 threads provided by Hyperthreading. Should be easy to fit that extra cost in your stated budget.

    Here is a highly rated faster SSD for cheaper. I hear nothing but good things about this series.

    Save money and get the RAM listed above by Kajabla.

    That is a great power supply you picked out but it is WAY overpowered. Even if you were going to add a second GTX 560 Ti in Sli you would only need ~750 watts. Dropping it to the 760w unit will save you a few dollars and still allow a multi GPU setup later if you decide you need it.
  3. Actually, the 2600K is probably a good idea.

    Same SSD, yes.

    I'd take a $95 XFX 80+ Silver 750W over that PC&C if you think you're ever going to go SLI.
  4. kajabla said:
    Actually, the 2600K is probably a good idea.

    Same SSD, yes.

    I'd take a $95 XFX 80+ Silver 750W over that PC&C if you think you're ever going to go SLI.

    You edited as I was checking newegg :D

    The PCPower and Cooling is equal to the XFX.
  5. ...and more expensive. Wait, actually it's the same price. FLIP A COIN :pt1cable:
  6. Hey thanks A lot guys I'm gonna tinker around with some of those suggestions, I'm not 100% sure on if it would be worth it to jump to 32GB of RAM,but if I drop the price down to 1200 like you're suggesting I'd be very tempted to go for 32GB I'll just have to check if the CPU/MoBo can actually utilize 32GB of DDR3 effectively. If I run 32GB would a 500W be enough or should I grab the 750 for a little overhead and possible SLI expansion someday?
  7. The CPU/Motherboard have less to do with using 32GB of RAM than the actual programs you will be running. The hardware will use whatever is available and will have no problems with 32GB. Also RAM is very low voltage ( 1.5v ) and will not cause you to need more power. Power needed is basically determined by your video card as that is the single biggest power draw in a PC.

    As stated above we are both leaving you room to add a second video card in the future by recommending ~750w power supplies. If you never plan on upgrading the video card or at least only plan on a midrange card then yes you can save money here by going with a 500-550w power supply.

    Also with your stated useage make sure to check out the 2600/2600K over the 2500. You will use the extra power provided by Hyperthreading so the extra price is justified.
  8. Yeah I am seriously considering the 2600/2600k if I am going to put more money into it id prefer it in the cpu.
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