Approximate Purchase Date: Assembly should be completed by Mid August
Budget Range: £500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Numerical and computational analysis, engineering software (CAD, FEA, etc), Work, Gaming.
Are you buying a monitor: No, using my current monitors, not important to me at the moment.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 64 bit
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer/dabs (UK based)
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Not initially, but maybe in the future
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Additional Comments: It is really important that the system can manage numerical computations, efficiently. Currently for example I have an 8 GB RAM PC and there is not enough memory to run some analysis. For my analysis, I can select the number of CPU cores and amount of RAM to allocate, the more CPU cores/speed and the more RAM, the faster the analysis gets done.
Current component selection
PSU - Corsair Memory 600W Builder Series CX V2 ATX PSU
Case - Antec 300 Three Hundred Case
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 AMD 970A (Socket AM3+) DDR3 PCI-Express ATX Motherboard GA-970A-DS3
CPU - AMD Bulldozer FX8120 3.1 Ghz 8 Core (Would I really a cooler if I am not overclocking?)
Memory - Kingston16Gb DDR3 RAM 1333Mhz (4 x 4GB RAM)
Optical - LG DVD R - Used from my current PC
GPU - Sapphire HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card
HDD - 160 GB 5400rpm - Used from my current PC
Ocz 60GB Vertex Plus R2 SSD (Main OS, games and analysis will be run from here)
I would really appreciate everyone's feedback and advice as this is my first build, I a more detailed list on an excel spreadsheet, but maybe not everyone has excel. I have also been using Parts Picker, but I find a spreadsheet more flexible.
I would personally try to go for an i5-3450 as that will give you a lot more horsepower for what you want to use it for. I'd also swap out that primary SSD as most Sandforce drives have lots of issues associated with them.