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January 5, 2013 3:12:00 PM

Hi Toms Community!

First post on the forum, I thought this would be the best place to ask for advice. I'm building my first PC, and I've done close to two months of research. I'm building a gaming/CAD rig with plenty of RAM for rendering. I've decided on a gaming card instead of a pro card because Solidworks will benefit less from a pro card than games will benefit from a gaming card.

So here is my list of components, in the form of an Amazon Wish List. I just want to ask if everything looks compatible, and I'm not missing anything in the list to build a PC. Thanks so much for your advice!

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January 5, 2013 3:17:37 PM

Are you stuck with ordering from Amazon. We could do much better. Is this going to be primarily a gaming rig?
January 5, 2013 3:57:47 PM

Primarily Yes. It doesn't matter where the parts come from, I just started on amazon based on familiarity. When you say better do you mean prices?
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January 5, 2013 4:02:20 PM

Yeah. What kind of budget are you looking at? Build you setup Here and you will see some pricing differences. Post back with what you got and we can critique it. Click "Get Started", then once you have everything picked out, use the BBCode Markup button (top right of parts list), copy, and paste it here on the forums. We can go from there.
January 5, 2013 4:56:40 PM

Thanks, I had no idea about that great site. Here is my BBCode:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 LE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($233.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1454.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 13:55 EST-0500)

If this was pasted incorrectly, please let me know.
January 5, 2013 4:58:46 PM

I am a little surprised by the price, hoping to stay closer to $1200. Any reccomendations, places where I'm spending more than I need to? I'd rather not budge on the Video Card, Sound Card, or Memory
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
January 5, 2013 6:07:10 PM

Alright, here is what I got to get you to $1200

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.71 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1199.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 15:04 EST-0500)

I went will the 1155 i7 because the 2011 socket motherboards with kill your wallet. You will have the same performance with 1155 i7. I lowered your GPU to the 7850 because it's like $50 cheaper and you could OC it to get to 7870 performance. 750W PSU is an overkill, especially for a single GPU and not overclocking the CPU. I left the rest the way you had it. For the sound card, you really don't need one unless you are doing real-time recording or studio work. The UD3H motherboard has support for 7.1 surround sound (actually has 8 channels).

And here are some benchmarks to show you how close the 7850 and the 7870 really are.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=548
January 5, 2013 6:47:36 PM

CBall, you have been awesome. I really don't see any major issues with your build, and you were right with the 7850. I may still in the future get the sound card since I do amateur recording, but I have an external DAW and I suppose the advantage of building a PC is I don't have to decide now.

I don't see my build getting any leaner, so this is what I'll go with. Thanks again!
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
January 5, 2013 9:19:33 PM

This puts a 7870 GHz in there. This card performs about the same as a 660 Ti

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/w4ly
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/w4ly/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/w4ly/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.68 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.71 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1143.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 18:18 EST-0500)
January 6, 2013 1:43:24 AM

Camohana, that also looks good, and I like how the price is actually lower than before, so thanks for your thoughts! But I think the drop in OS version and SSD storage isn't worth the bump in the GPU (despite what I said earlier.... yeah, I know) and I have a TB here already I plan to incorporate as backup. Thanks again tho!
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