Approximate Purchase Date: Between 15 and 31 of December
Budget Range: Between Up to $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d Modelling - Rendering - Adobe CS6 - Games - Movies
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: ALL
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: It has to have Shipping, and payment by debit card.
Location: South Lake Tahoe, California.
Parts Preferences: Intel
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: I already have a Dell ST2310 23' 1920x1080. Im planning to buy another 23' monitor. Two monitors connected to the pc.
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using) Programs: SolidWorks, Autocad, KeyShot, Photoshop, Illustrator. Full HD games.
Why Are You Upgrading: Im selling my mac mini, and a I need a new powerful pc.
Basically fine, but a couple of minor observations:
SSD: Both OCZ Vertex4, and Samsung 830 are slightly better than the Crucial. Nothing wrong with the M4, just others slightly better.
GPU: Very good, and will work with CS6. However, assuming you are using Windows version of CS6, that uses Mercury Playback Engine, which utilises CUDA, for graphic acceleration. Therefore, at least, "favours" nVidia based graphics.
PSU: Some OCZ PSU's are "better than others". Suggest double-check that's one of the "good" ones. Seasonic, XFX, PC PowerCooling, Antec, Corsair, good alternatives.
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.Therefore i would switch the case.And i agree with above comments.
As regards between 7950 and 670. The 7950 is probably better value, across a broad range of games. The 670 does, though perform particularly well, in certain games, like BF3, Borderlands, Starcraft, Portal. Basically, if you like to play lots of different games, get HD7950. If you only play two or three specific games, it's worth researching which is better in THOSE games.
Both are great cards i bought my son 7950 he really enjoys it i like his card as well overclocks decent.Sapphire's HD 7950 Vapor-X comes with a large dual-fan cooler that uses the company's famous vapor-chamber technology. On the Vapor-X you will also find a "Lethal Boost" button which switches to a second BIOS with higher clock speeds. With this BIOS, clocks are increased to 950 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory.
Pricing of the Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X is 330 USD, which is a 10% premium, or $ 30 over the reference design.
i bought myself MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks.That would be a solid choice for the price imo they currently are going for $389.99 $369.99 after rebate that doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.My personal experience is that Adaptive VSync makes my gaming experience smooth as silk. I don't use it on all my games, but it is nice to know that the option is there and that it works very well when needed. HardOCP, who did a full review on adaptive vsync, was impressed with it: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/16/nvidia_adapti...