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I've been looking through other threads and benchmark results here for the last few months and I've put together what seems to be commonly suggested. No sense in buying the parts without some last minute advice from the community, though! Any suggestions or comments are much appreciated.

core i5-3570k
Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)
Sapphire Radeon 7950 3GB
Toshiba 1 tb 7200 rpm 3.5 " HDD
Samsung 830 256g SDD or maybe just 128g
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W Power Supply
Some CD drive

Now I've been reading that the mobo and 7950 might not fit in some mid-tower cases, so should I play it safe and just get a full sized case? Tom also didn't suggest any graphics card over the radeon 7870, but the 7950 benchmarks around 36% better in every category and it overclocks better, it appears. I do not plan on overclocking anything out of the box but I want this build to keep me satisfied for a long time. I'll probably look into overclocking a few years down the line just to keep this thing competitive for a little while longer-- hence why I am paying the extra $30 for i5-3570 and not just getting the 3550.

And for curiosity's sake, is FEA in Solidworks be more CPU or GPU reliant? Thanks.
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  1. I've never really used Solidworks but I'm guessing that it's more CPU intensive and less GPU intensive. If that's the case you might want to look into the i7-3770K or the i7-3930K.
  2. I'd go with the 3770(K) or similar for Solidworks. Its CPU intensive, but also uses GPU acceleration.
  3. I was planning on definitely gaming more than solidworksing. That was just a question.
  4. Haff174 said:
    I was planning on definitely gaming more than solidworksing. That was just a question.

    For games you want the 3570K no question. But for more CPU intensive stuff you want the 3770K.
  5. If SolidWorks won't be used that much to justify the extra ~$100 for the i7, the i5's quad-core would be fine imo.
  6. Yea if you were JUST doing the SolidWorks, you would see a benefit, but it seems like you are doing more gaming and you would benefit from saving the $100 and using it on food.
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