Hey guys, looking at building my first PC. I want it to last a fair amount time before it's outdated and I compiled a list of my current proposed build. If you guys could help fix any kinks or make suggestions I really could use it.
As an engineering student I'm going to be running Solidworks, Cad, and possibly simulations, and on the side I'll be primarily playing Battlefield 3.
My advice would be to stay the hell away from any Sentey brand cases. They are extremely cheaply made, (yes I am speaking from experience here) Run as far as you can from them. Not only are they made from very cheap, flimsy metal, they have very low quality plastic hard drive trays, they're so brittle. The front panel is very cheapo plastic, feels like you're gonna break it, and you probably will if you remove the bezel often enough (you have to in order to install optical drives) Wire management is also a hassle if using a non-modular PSU. And side panel fan hinders installation of aftermarket CPU coolers.
On the motherboard, if you're into overclocking, I'd suggest an Asus equivalent, I had the UD5 version of that board (little more features) in Gigabyte brand, it still uses old blue screen BIOS and limited tweaking features for overclocking.