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$1500-2000 Gaming/cad/drafting Bulldozer Rig

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March 2, 2012 1:47:31 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid March 2012

Budget Range: ~1500ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: day to day computing, Cad/Cam, Gaming

Parts Not Required: Hard drives, peripherals, OS, Soundcard, case.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Memory Express, but i will order from NCIX or NEWEGG

Country: Canada

Parts Chose: $1080 thus far, As it stands i am going with an AMD 8150, Crosshair V motherboard, Evga 580GTX 3GB.

Parts Needed: Ram, PSU, SSD perhaps

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 with plans for 5760x1080 in the next few months.

Additional Comments:

I am currently on the fence about going with either 16gb of DDR3-2133(4x4gb), or 32Gb of DDR3-1600(4x8GB) i plan on setting up a ram disk for Solidworks, BOBCAD, Photoshop and for high res texture packs for certain games. I just haven't used a ramdisk yet and i am not sure what amount of ram i need for this. My expected budget for ram is 150-350

As far as PSU's are concerned i want full modular at around 1000 watts as 580's (two in the future), 5 hdd's and an overclocked Bulldozer are power heavy. I was looking at the OCZ ZX or the Coolermaster full modular, both are in the $200 range If someone has a recommendation or knows of a good deal on something right now i am more than willing to take a look.

As far as SSD's go i have been looking at the Corsair GT 120Gb, or the OCZ vertex 3 120gb as they're both in my acceptable price range, around $150. The overall capacity is not that important, but i hear the 120Gb are about the best for speed/cost/capacity ratio. I already have two older 320 Gb i am putting in raid 0 for a download slave so i don't have newer drives constantly writing and caching, as well as a momentus XT and have a Seagate 3TB on order.


March 2, 2012 1:51:01 AM

Why a 8150 and why the 580?
March 2, 2012 2:00:57 AM

The price point of the 580 is decent the additional GPU ram should help with some rendering in drafting, and the Bulldozer is preference.
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March 2, 2012 2:11:02 AM

Preferences don't cut it when it comes to CPUs. If gaming comes into it at all, the 2500K's the way to go. Check out the benchmarks: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=288
The 8150 wins in a select few synthetic benchmarks and encoding scenarios. It's as good or better in heavily threaded situations like, perhaps, CAD (?), but heavily outplayed in gaming. Plus, you'll save money.

The GPU should be a 7950 or 7970. They're the new generation. They use far less power than the 580. The 7950 hits the same performance at a lower price, and the 7970's much better at a not-too-much-higher price. If you consider RAM, the 3gb 580 costs the same as the far superior 7970.
March 2, 2012 2:14:57 AM

Although i thank you for your input. I am not looking for recommendations on the gpu or cpu.
March 2, 2012 2:25:30 AM

System Usage from Most to Least Important: day to day computing, Cad/Cam, Gaming

based on that then the AMD is a great choice, bulldozer 8150 FX, asus crosshair V formula mobo, G.SKILL ripjaws 1600Mhz 16GB (4x4GB) if not just get 8GB, oh doesn't matter if your ram is clock at 1333,adjust it later when things are stable....
i do recommend the gtx580 3gb is your getting something that uses cuda if not the amd sapphire 7970, but go grab which one is available... corsair ax1200 1200w 80plus gold, they should still have that great deal on newegg.com for a lower price at 25x$....

for cooling i recommend the noctua nh-d14 if it fits your case if not go get the cheaper cooler master hyper212 evo, its great for its price it's like the bang for buck...

i'll look around newegg. for some nice deals for you
March 2, 2012 2:29:43 AM

I have a HAF 932 so the fit should not be an issue, i probably going to do full water cooling over the summer so I may stick with the cooler master one for now.
March 2, 2012 2:44:54 AM

System Usage from Most to Least Important: day to day computing, Cad/Cam, Gaming

I am currently on the fence about going with either 16gb of DDR3-2133(4x4gb), or 32Gb of DDR3-1600(4x8GB) i plan on setting up a ram disk for Solidworks, BOBCAD, Photoshop and for high res texture packs for certain games. I just haven't used a ramdisk yet and i am not sure what amount of ram i need for this. My expected budget for ram is 150-350

just looking at this, it already means the bulldozer 8150 is right for you, imo you just need a really powerful gpu in sli/crossfire and your gaming experience is mighty and get the power the bulldozer 8150 offer with the stuff you do, is enough, but if you had a higher budget i would recommend the x79, 3930k, but with that budget using the amd 8150 fx would give you enough power for your working/hobby needs, and when it comes to gaming let your bad boy gpu handle the trick....
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