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June 6, 2012 8:23:28 PM

Hello,

Architecture student here. My school is requiring me to purchase a high end computer for next semester, and coincidentally my gaming laptop just broke so I'll be building a dual purpose machine! I want to make sure that all the parts are good quality and compatible, and that I'll be able to use two screens for CAD work with this setup. I don't plan on gaming on two screens. I've also been told that I shouldn't need more fans than come with the case with this setup, but I'd like feedback on that as well. My laptop died a hot death, and I certainly don't want that again.

Approximate Purchase Date: (this month)

Budget Range: (~$1800)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (CAD and gaming (both important), photoshop, 3d work, everyday computing)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com)

Country: (USA)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Nvidia G-card)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (1920 x 1080)

Additional Comments: The dual monitors are for CAD type applications, not for gaming. I'll only game on one screen. The i7 is also for CAD and photoshop style programs. Pcpartpicker list below.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9w6O
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9w6O/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9w6O/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1783.43
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-06 16:16 EDT-0400)


a c 276 4 Gaming
June 6, 2012 8:29:28 PM

That all looks good to me! I can't see anything wrong with this build.

One thing I would suggest though before buying the 3770 is that if you're going to be using a lot of RAM-intensive applications (3-D CAD, CS5) that you should check out X79 and the i7-3820 as that might be better suited to your needs than the 3770 would.
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June 6, 2012 8:37:00 PM

Thanks! I'll do some research on the 3820. Thanks for the advice.
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June 6, 2012 9:03:52 PM

That is a great build. The only thing I would say is, if you get the 3770, get the unlocked 3770K. It's only $30 more and then you would be able to OC later if you desire. You'd still be right at budget.
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June 6, 2012 9:12:29 PM

cranked said:
That is a great build. The only thing I would say is, if you get the 3770, get the unlocked 3770K. It's only $30 more and then you would be able to OC later if you desire. You'd still be right at budget.


Thanks! This is my first build and I've had a lot of help. Hmmm that is tempting. I assume I would need to get an aftermarket cpu cooler if I got the 3770K? Would I need extra case fans?
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June 6, 2012 9:15:08 PM

evanthatguy said:
Thanks! This is my first build and I've had a lot of help. Hmmm that is tempting. I assume I would need to get an aftermarket cpu cooler if I got the 3770K? Would I need extra case fans?


You don't need extra cas fans. They certainly don't hurt.

You would need an aftermarket cooler to OC, BUT you could always get one later. Use the stock one for now.
My only point was, why limit your future options to save $30? You have a little room in the budget still. ;) 
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June 6, 2012 9:19:52 PM

cranked said:
You don't need extra cas fans. They certainly don't hurt.

You would need an aftermarket cooler to OC, BUT you could always get one later. Use the stock one for now.
My only point was, why limit your future options to save $30? You have a little room in the budget still. ;) 


That makes sense. I'll look into it. Thanks!
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June 6, 2012 9:36:56 PM

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Monitor's known for horrible ghosting.


Hmm okay. Do you have a suggestion for a better 23-24" monitor in the same price range? ~$200 preferably. Thanks.
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a c 276 4 Gaming
June 6, 2012 10:10:46 PM

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Monitor's known for horrible ghosting.


I use the VE22H" at work and I've never noticed this problem - we have several of them as well.
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