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:, (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: $329.99 (Probably better than the i5-3570K for what I'm doing)

MOBO: ASUS Maximus V Formula: $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: $85.99

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 OC: $360 (Normally $400. Already ordered with $40 promo code.)

Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D: $168.48

PSU: Corsair AX850: $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.

    For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.

    If you use this psu calculator considering your components, the result is 664W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:

    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
  5. SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    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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