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April 11, 2012 3:53:48 AM

Hello. I am a virgin builder and have looked over the new build guide(s), and done a fair amount of research, I feel like I can post my build for critique. Let me have your worst. This site has been very helpful, thanks to all the contributors for helping new builders such as myself.

Here goes nothin'....

Build Information
Approximate Build Date: 2-4 Weeks

Budget Range: ~$2000 After Rebates

System Usage (Most to Least Important): CAD/CAM Design & Simulation (Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, Mastercam), Web Browsing, Video Editing, Word Processing, Email, Music/Media.

Parts Not Required: None, I need everything.

Preferred Parts Website: Newegg & Tigerdirect, open to suggestion.

Parts Preference: I am inclined to go Intel Processor, ASUS Mobo, NVIDIA Graphics Card. Open to suggestion. Ultimately, I want a balanced system that optimizes as many components as possible.

Overclocking: No/Maybe. I'm ignorant on the subject. Advice?

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Undecided, plan on starting with one monitor, then upgrading to two later.


What I have in Mind
Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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Corsair CP-9020003-NA
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Will I need to buy additional cables for the semi-modular supply?

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: Quadro 4000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is an aftermarket CPU cooler truly necessary?

Boot Drive: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will this be adequate for booting and my primary CAD program (Solidworks)?

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Optical Drive: LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 11, 2012 4:05:01 AM

Good, but get the i7 2600K instead and overclock. It's only 100MHz.
Get the 2nd PSU you linked.
Overclocking is easy. getting to 4GHz is very easy

1.) Go into BIOS.
2.) Change multiplier to 40.
3.) Reboot, and make sure it's stable
4.) Ummm...There is no step four.

That's all you have to do to get a 4GHz overclock. However, at that speed, it gets hot, and here's a better cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8GB is good, but 16GB is better:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better mobo with z77:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 11, 2012 4:10:54 AM

go with 16gb and an intel i7 2600k, you can overclock it to 100mhz more in less than 3 seconds, instead of paying 100$ more for it.

aftermarket cooler is necessary if you want to overclock but I do suggest getting a cooler master hyper 212 evo for your system.

seeing as you will be using it for work it is advisable to keep your cpu and everything else cold (having aircooler can help that)


after that everything else is great
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April 11, 2012 4:12:01 AM

Maybe 1-2 case fans to keep everything cool.
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April 11, 2012 2:43:35 PM

Thanks for the great suggestions. Is there any reason (besides price) not to go with the 2700? On Newegg (at least if I'm looking at the right one..) it is only $20 more. I'm as frugal as anybody, and may not do it, but $20 is drop in the bucket at this scale. However, if the 100mhz is the ONLY difference, probably not a wise use of $20.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, about overclocking, does it constantly run that much hotter or is the heat generated based on cpu load? How will that effect the longevity of my system, even with the additional cooling?
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April 12, 2012 12:51:57 AM

Also, will in need to buy additional separate cables when using the second PSU I linked?
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April 22, 2012 5:22:39 PM

Best answer selected by gsuty17.
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