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August 26, 2012 4:05:21 PM

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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a b 4 Gaming
August 26, 2012 8:42:19 PM
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a b 4 Gaming
August 26, 2012 8:46:36 PM

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.
August 27, 2012 3:40:16 AM

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
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2012 5:06:31 AM

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.
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2012 7:51:59 AM

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