New build for Gaming/Solidworks

First off this will be MY first build but I have a couple of friends who have built rigs that will help me once I have my components.

I'm trying to build a PC that is both good for gaming use as well as Solidworks.

Budget: $1500-2000 (I dont want to be cheap but I dont want to spend all of it if I dont have to)

Case: I'm thinking of using this one: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, Solidworks, HD video editing, graphical stuff (photoshop etc.)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: yes, part of the budget if possible

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (willing to try others)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Whatever works best

Overclocking: only if necessary

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

I'm open to any and all ideas/help.

I will probably be purchasing/building around mid September and would like to have a full list of components by then.

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  1. heres what i would get
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($394.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($80.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1348.43
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 16:46 EDT-0400)

    Add $25 to the total due to MIRs.
  3. looking through those looks pretty promising i may use one of them. the only thing is that on the solidworks website it says that compatible video cards are either intel, ATI or nvida
  4. Intel doesn't make video cards. All cards are made by NVIDIA and AMD (ATI), and companies like Sapphire and HIS make aftermarket video cards.
  5. Intel, ATI, and Nvidia cover almost every graphics option available. The only one NOT mentioned that I know of is Matrox.

    Here is a revised build, to more match what you actually need:

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    A larger dependable drive for your data.
    GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Adequate card for gaming and should be compatible with your other programs.
    NVIDIA Gift - Borderlands2 Free Game Coupon
    CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M2A1600C10
    16GB of RAM to accommodate your workload.
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Should provide adequate overclocks.
    KASPERSKY lab Anti-Virus 2013 - 1 PC For System Builders - OEM
    Another freebie
    Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    This gives you good temps while staying fairly quiet.
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    A good sized SSD for all your programs and games.
    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPSV12 v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC High ...
    High end modular PSU, very quiet, excellent service and warranty.
    Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case
    Just a compromise over the more expensive 800D I linked before. Compatible with the H100 cooler.
    Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition CO-9050003-WW 120mm Case Fan
    Free extra fan.
    TOTAL: $1,768.89
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