I've decided to build my first computer and I'd like a little advice on parts.
A bit of background: I'm just starting the second year of a 5 year Engineering degree so I need something that can handle cad programs, particularly pro E. It would be nice if it lasted at least for the rest of my degree. Also, I'm in the far away land of New Zealand so any parts are going to come from pbtech
Disclaimer: I'm a total noob at building computers, although I have spent the past few days absorbing some of the knowledge of the Internet.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks
Budget Range: Around $1000 New Zealand (including GST - if you tick the little box on the right hand column of pbtech it adds this on)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: CAD work - Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Office, web browsing etc.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (running windows 7 professional), + I already have a decent disk drive to use as my OS drive
Preferred Website for Parts:www.pbtech.co.nz - the cost of international shipping form Amazon and the like is usually too excessive to be practical.
Country: New Zealand
Parts Preferences: No strong preference, though I'm fairly set on a Intel i5 processor
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: I don't think it's necessary in this case
Monitor Resolution: Currently I have a 1920 x 1200, 24 inch Dell 2407WFP
That all comes to around $800 NZ which give me $200 bucks to make it better and still be within budget
Any suggestions for improvements, cost saving, or pointing out retarded noob mistakes I have made, would be most appreciated.
For a decent CAD system, your budget is a little tight. For instance, an optimal system would consist of a Core i7 2600, 16gb DDR3 1333 ram, and an Nvidia Quadro 4000 card(very popular for PC and Mac work stations). I let you look those up and get the sticker shock. Just make sure you are sitting down.
I went with a better quality power supply. Coolermaster is poor quality and there is no guarantee it would last. The low end CMs are also kind og noisy due to the cheap fans and other components. Unfortunately, The Corsair was the cheapest quality choice. You have limited selection there. You can certainly try the CM, but I cannot in all good conscience recommend it.