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$1500gaming/Industrial Design build need parts advice

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August 9, 2012 4:35:29 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: end of August/ beginning of September

Budget Range: 1500USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programs relevant to industrial design (CAD, Solidworks and stuff like that), Creative suite..

Are you buying a monitor: yes but the only thing i know about monitors is that IPS is good and so is 1080p.. would be cool if it also doubled as a tv.



Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) Upgrading CPU, GPU, SSD, PSU, MOBO, RAM, Case.. pretty much everything ha
Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, any other reliable site.

Location: NYC/Syracuse, NY

Parts Preferences: Would like an Intel CPU and NVIDIA GPU
Overclocking: Maybe slightly since I've never tried before

SLI or Crossfire: Doubt I'll need it but Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: A window would be nice. No excessive lights please, and a quiet computer would be great. also aftermarket cooling for the cpu if needed.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm replacing my 4 year old HP lapwarmer since I got accepted to the Industrial Design major at my school. Looking for something that will have excellent performance and put me well ahead of the macbookpro using competition for the next few years.

Some parts I’m currently looking at are:
CPU

Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770 @ $319.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0EHE/ref=ox_sc_a...
Or the best I can get with my budget

GPU

Either MSI N570GTX TWIN FROZR II NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N570GTX TWIN FROZR II @ 269.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008809SUM/ref=ox_sc_a...

Or GeForce GTX 670 @ 400.00.
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...
not sure which company to get? EVGA? MSI? I’ve heard some good things about the Twin Frozr, but not sure about the 670

Motherboard

Looking for forward compatibility, ram up to 32gig, perhaps one with the new bios interface thingy. Maybe this would work ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS @148.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Storage

I’m definitely getting an SSD. And probably a second mechanical drive around 500gb.
How is the
Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/120G @104.99 ?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R67FNA/ref=ox_sc_a...


Power Supply

I’m thinking around a 700W, but haven’t got all my parts figured out yet.

RAM

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model 997071 @124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also looking for anything a bit cheaper


Case

The Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case @ 139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case @ 169.99 after rebates.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I really like the 650D but the price gets to me.
Any good looking, great functioning Case will do really.

Oh and a dvd-rw drive for like 20$

This is my first ever build so any and all advice would be highly appreciated :]

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August 9, 2012 5:10:01 PM

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Or GeForce GTX 670 @ 400.00.
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/de [...] ce-gtx-670
not sure which company to get? EVGA? MSI? I’ve heard some good things about the Twin Frozr, but not sure about the 670


Definitely go with the 670. I'm personally a fan of EVGA but I hear the MSI is a good card as well.

Quote:

I’m definitely getting an SSD. And probably a second mechanical drive around 500gb.
How is the
Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/120G @104.99 ?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] =amaz98-20



Ugh, Sandforce... go with a Marvell drive. The Samsung 830 will be far superior.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($172.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1550.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 13:15 EDT-0400)
August 9, 2012 6:18:04 PM

Thanks for the quick reply g-unit.

Your list went over my budget a little bit.. and i think i forgot to list that i needed a monitor, or maybe 2 if budget allows ( but probably not ).

Most of the list seem like exactly what I'm looking for. However, to squeeze in a monitor, I'm thinking of swapping the 1TB for a lower capacity but at 6 gb/s instead of 3. do you think that will make much difference in terms of speed or cost? Also I don't want to skimp on the motherboard but how do I tell which motherboards are good? Everything else seems good assuming i don't have any compatibility issues.
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August 9, 2012 6:22:20 PM

6gb/s will not make a difference. Not even SATA II is saturated yet.

The only way I see you can cut $50 is by ditching the idea of CF/SLI and getting a board with just one PCIe 3.0 slot, like the Z77 Pro3.
August 9, 2012 6:44:56 PM

azeem40 said:
6gb/s will not make a difference. Not even SATA II is saturated yet.

The only way I see you can cut $50 is by ditching the idea of CF/SLI and getting a board with just one PCIe 3.0 slot, like the Z77 Pro3.


Yeah but then you forfeit SLI with that board. Maybe you could drop the video card to a Radeon 7950 and save $50 there, then drop the OS to Windows 7 Home Premium.

I usually include Pro on workstation builds because it lifts Home Premium's 16GB RAM ceiling. Most workstations will want the highest RAM capacities they can get for opening those big files.
August 9, 2012 6:50:23 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Yeah but then you forfeit SLI with that board. Maybe you could drop the video card to a Radeon 7950 and save $50 there, then drop the OS to Windows 7 Home Premium.

I usually include Pro on workstation builds because it lifts Home Premium's 16GB RAM ceiling. Most workstations will want the highest RAM capacities they can get for opening those big files.

Note I mentioned "ditch the idea of CF/SLI". :p 
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