Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit)
This system will be used predominantly for the following:
- 3D modelling/editing on engineering programs such as AutoCAD 3D and revit (however performance in this area does not have to be maximized)
- Music Recording
- Work based uses such as report writing and photoshop.
Let me know if you could help me improve my system in anyway. It would be greatly appreciated
I had some concerns about the power supply and Hard drive storage units and whether to use more RAM and less SSD storage (ie: a 128gb instead of 256gb).
Suggestions of cheaper alternatives that do not change the performance/graphics significantly are also welcome!
I don't know much about overclocking a CPU, however, if it really boosts the performance of the whole system dramatically I may consider finding out how to do it and end up keeping the i7- 3770k.
What are you're opinions on this?
overclocking is reasonably easy, and funnily enough i just recieved my own ASRock Z77 Extreme4 today.. it does come with an overclocking utility, i havent tried it out yet but past experience tells me it basically does everything for you
i would recomend watching a few videos on youtube or reading up on overclocking from a uefi bios (xtreme 4 uses one) and from the ASRock eXtreme Tuner utility that comes with the motherboard for overclocking
If you find some guides online you could pull it off. Mine was easy to do because I didn't push it that far. If you want like MAX performance you need liquid cooling yes, but anything under like 4.6GHz should be fine.