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First Build: CAD/ Animation Workstation ($1500)

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September 22, 2012 4:27:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

Budget Range: $1500-1600 After Rebates; After Shipping; I would like to keep the cost as close to $1500 as possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily for Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, Autodesk 3DS Max, normal stuff like internet and word processing

Are you buying a monitor: Not now

Parts to Upgrade: Already ordered Gigabyte GTX 670 OC. Everything else except monitor, mouse, keyboard, OS.

Do you need to buy OS: No. Already have Windows 7 Professional

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com (Have Amazon Prime, so free shipping for everything)

Location: Arizona

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, ASUS motherboard, Corsair Obsidian 650D case, want SSD

Overclocking: Probably later after liquid cooling upgrade.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe as a future upgrade.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 24", may add one or two more later.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Windows 7 stopped working on my Dell XPS 15 laptop; decided to run Linux on it instead and build a new PC, since my laptop isn't really fast enough for the software I use.


CPU: i7-3770K: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99 (Probably better than the i5-3570K for what I'm doing)

MOBO: ASUS Maximus V Formula: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $279.99 (-$18.00 in combo with CPU) (Should I get the Sabertooth or one of the P8Z77 motherboards instead?)

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) 1600mhz: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-1600MHz-Memory-... $85.99

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 OC: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $360 (Normally $400. Already ordered with $40 promo code.)

Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Obsidian-Aluminum-Enthusi... $168.48

PSU: Corsair AX850: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-850-Watt-Cer... $170.99 (Maybe a little much for this computer, but I do want a modular PSU and the ability to add SLI later)

SSD: Considering Corsair Force Series 3: 240GB ($179), but open to recommendations on other 200GB+ SSD's. I don't plan on getting a hard drive as well. Estimated cost: $180

Optical Drive: Looking for recommendations. Is Blu-ray worth $25 extra? Estimated cost: $45

Total: ~$1600

Do I need any other smaller parts?

Thank you in advance for any advice or recommendations that you may have. :hello: 
September 22, 2012 4:47:13 AM

nVidia itself recommend 500W for a single 670. Add 170W for SLI & recommended is 670W.
http://www.nvidia.in/object/geforce-gtx-670-in.html#pdp...


For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...


If you use this psu calculator considering your components, the result is 664W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine


All points out to 750W being more than enough.That being said i think you could save some money by going with a 750w psu
September 22, 2012 4:51:27 AM

The AX 850 PSU is only $20 more than the AX 750. I might get the 750W instead if I need to save some extra $$$.
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September 22, 2012 4:54:41 AM

Motherboard is overkill. I'd also get the CM 212 EVO as a CPU cooler instead.
September 22, 2012 2:08:26 PM

The Corsair AX 750 is available for $153 shipped right now. I think I'm going to go with that. Also, what other motherboard would you recommend? I want a good sound card, wifi, and good overclocking features.
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