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$1000 Gaming, 2D/3D CAD (Solidworks, Inventor)(New Builder)

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June 3, 2012 10:02:21 PM

Hey guy,

This will be my first build and I appreciate any advice you can give me.

I'm going to school to become a Drafter and I will be using AutoCAD, Inventor and Solidworks. I would like to have a system that can handle light to moderate projects in these design softwares, and still be able to run Diablo 3 on max settings.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime before June 30, 2012.

Budget Range: $1000 Before Rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Diablo 3), 2D/3D Design (Solidworks, Inventor).

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drive.

Preferred Website for Parts: TigerDirect.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel/nVidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Here is what I've got so far:

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail

MOBO: MSI Z77A-GD55 Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2667MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX Ready

Video/Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Overclocked

SSD: Corsair CSSD-F120GB3A-BK Force Series 3 Solid State Drive - 120GB, SATA III (6Gb/s), 2.5", up to 550MB/s Read, up to 510MB/s Write

RAM: Patriot G2 Series PGD38G1600ELK Division 2 Edition Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800, DDR3 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, XMP Ready

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply - 600-Watt, Modular, Dual +12V Rails, SATA, 80Plus

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid-Tower Computer Case - ATX, mATX

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English

Additional Comments: I plan on reusing the DVD drive from my old Dell Vostro 220 Mini Tower, aswell as the Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB SATA HDD but only for media storage. I also have a Seagate FreeAgent 2TB external drive (USB 2.0) for backup and storage.

I would like it if you could tell me whether the components I chose are compatible. I'm also curious if I should opt for a different video card for the design software. Any other information is welcome.

Thanks for your time.
June 3, 2012 10:19:12 PM

Switch the board out, you won't need it honestly. Save some money and go with this.
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD2247&v...
You'll get pretty much the same performance and still be able to get 8x/8x SLI/CF.

Your card, kind of weak for the budget you have. I understand you have an Nvidia preference but I would suggest going up to the 7850. AMD has really stepped its game up on the consumer price graphics cards. With GCN architecture the 7850 can perform pretty well on synthetic tasks
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...

As for your SSD, go with this and save some money
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30170DR2160&v...

On the PSU, save money and go with this PSU
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC7026&v...
Rebates can get sloppy and you may not get it.
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June 3, 2012 10:42:04 PM

honestly you are building a computer to play diablo not solidworks or inventor. both those programs are very light on a computer. they do not need anything special. at work we use Pro/e and i have used it on an old pentium 4 laptop with 2gb of ram. they are none demanding programs.
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June 11, 2012 7:45:54 PM

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