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New Rig Build Help(not sure what to buy)

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September 14, 2012 5:04:26 AM

Hi guys,

I'm looking to build a new rig for gaming and 3D rendering in Autodesk come November/December. This will only be my 2nd custom rig, my current one came from Cyberpowerpc. I want to build it myself, I've done a few upgrades but I'm ready for more kick. I want the best performance and graphics, with a budget of $800-$1000. possibly more. Would also be nice to be future proof for about 5-6 years.

My current rig:

Vista 64bit

Bloomfield Intel i7 920 at 2.67GHz(not OC)
Stock intel heatsink

Asus P6T Mobo

16GB Corsair Vengeance PC3-1600(2000MHz)

Sli Evga Geforce GTS 250 1GB(not OC)

Kingwin LZG-1000watt PSU(I plan using this on new rig)

1X Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 500GB(OS)
1X Seagate ST31500341AS 1.5TB(storage)


What I'm looking at:

Unsure on OS

Intel i7 3770k

Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe Mobo

Corsair H100 Liquid Cooling(or something in $100 range)

Plan on keeping 16gb vengeance or something in $120 range)

Geforce 560ti(or something in $200-$300 range)

120-150GB OCZ SSD
1-2tb HDD(might use current seagate)

Kingwin LZG-1000watt PSU

Thermaltake V3 Case(my pc room stays warm, need good airflow)

What do you guys think? Whats a good choice?

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September 14, 2012 5:13:19 AM

That PSU is good to use on your system. It isn't necessarily bad, but it does have some quirks. See here:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

You can gauge if you would be willing to keep or buy new, but I will recommend a build discluding a PSU.

Since you already have good RAM, I'd keep it, UNLESS it has heatspreaders.

Same with the HDDs. Keep them.

Here is what I recommend:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $990.64
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-14 01:13 EDT-0400)
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September 14, 2012 5:20:45 AM

Thanks azeem,

You think an i5 is a better choice? What do you mean by heat spreaders?
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September 14, 2012 5:21:34 AM

Heatsinks that look like toothpicks. Yes, your apps are more RAM-intensive than CPU-intensive.
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September 14, 2012 6:04:29 AM

Do you recommend the AsRock because its better than the Asus Mobo? or just price? is it a good idea to keep my HDD's and get an ssd, for games?
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September 14, 2012 6:07:40 AM

It is better price/performance.

Not if it means less fps.
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September 14, 2012 7:54:06 AM

I tried a few configs and I think i'm gonna go with

AzRock extreme3

Seagate ST1000DM003

Msi gtx 670

But I'm still not sure if imma get a i7 3770k or i5 3570k. I know for just gaming, the i5 if fine. I read a few post regarding these 2 for cad, its 50/50 on which is best. I noticed that there is a mild performance increase in i7, but a higher price. I guess I'll make my final choice based on what holiday deals i find. Do you agree?

Thanks azeem
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September 16, 2012 10:15:31 AM

So I've been looking a lot, here's what I've come up with.

Windows 7 Premium 64-bit
CPU: i5 3570k(OC at 4.5GHz)
Mobo: AsRock z77 extreme3
Cooling: Corsair h100 or h80
HDD: Seagate ST1000DM003
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600 16Gb
GPU: HIS Radeon HD 7970
PSU: Kingwin LZG-1000

Does that look like a good setup?
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