New build advice

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)

Location: UK

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.

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  1. 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.

    I'd go for something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @
    Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£81.98 @ Dabs)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£42.00 @ CCL Computers)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£57.10 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card (£79.99 @
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.98 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply (£53.52 @
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
    Total: £510.54
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 01:41 BST+0100)
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