System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, data analysis +spreadsheets, autocad, other modelling programs, misc. multitasking
Parts Not Required: none
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, can buy from multiple websites
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: Not sure?
Monitor Resolution: no preference
Additional Comments: Full build below! The only thing I have had trouble with is choosing a case. I would like USB 3.0, and for it to be well-cooled and quiet, and of course there's a part of me that wants it to look really cool, but I can give up the aesthetics part. Looking to spend max $150 on case. Also, having trouble deciding on a monitor. I just picked one that looked reasonable, but any advice on that would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance!
Also, forgot to add that I'm wondering if I should wait for ivy bridge, and if I will be able to get better performance for around the same price as above, $220, with an ivy bridge instead of sandy bridge.
edit: thanks frozonic! Those monitors are sick. Is buying a CPU cooler definitely a necessity? I thought CPUs came with a standard factory cooler.
I just built the same computer last weekend. I can report to you my experiences from 2 games. That computer will run Skyrim at ultra settings with no FPS issues. It will run BF3 with a mixture of high and ultra settings between 45-60 FPS, depending on map and how many ppl are in the game. I just have mine set at the preset "High" option and it runs 50+ with no hiccups. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
I predict you will not be happy with the "engineering" performance of the GPU you have selected. I have tried many times to get Solidworks to run well on a gaming GPU and it simply doesn't work. The drivers are complete opposites. Conversly, if you pick a GPU for work stations, you won't be happy with it's gaming ability. This phenomenon is well documented by many users of this forum, not just me.
...damn. Are there any middle of the road GPUs that might be mediocre at both? Or are there any workarounds you used? I'm looking through forum threads right now but haven't seen any solutions other than getting a second GPU, which is going to be a bit too expensive for me. Would it be worth cutting costs in other areas to afford that though? Thanks for the tip by the way.
Also thanks Normhimself. Good to know skyrim runs well, since that will probably be my first purchase once I build my rig