First Build: CAD/ Animation Workstation ($1500)

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=N82E16819116501 $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=N82E16813131854 $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-CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10/dp/B006EWUO22/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348286361&sr=8-2&keywords=CORSAIR+Vengeance+16GB $85.99

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 OC: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423 $360 (Normally $400. Already ordered with $40 promo code.)

Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Obsidian-Aluminum-Enthusiast-Computer/dp/B004UE1W9K/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348286721&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+650d $168.48

PSU: Corsair AX850: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-850-Watt-Certified-High-Performance/dp/B003PJ6QW4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348286898&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+ax+850 $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:
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  1. 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#pdpContent=2


    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-3way-sli-review/4


    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
  2. 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 $$$.
  3. Motherboard is overkill. I'd also get the CM 212 EVO as a CPU cooler instead.
  4. Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750-M 750W ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264#top
  5. SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087
    80Plus Gold, 62A 12V power, 5 year warranty, fully modular
  6. 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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