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New Gaming/CAD Build: Opinions/Advice

January 14, 2013 10:28:10 AM

Hey everyone,
First time building my own computer. Tried to include as much information as possible. Just looking for advice and opinions on my current planned build.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2weeks

Budget Range: $1400-1600 AUD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, CAD/engineering programs.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 8.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Australia

Parts Preferences: Only real preference is an Intel CPU

Overclocking: In the future

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I play World of Warcraft fairly seriously so I'd like to have a graphics card that can handle High settings. Also play Rift, Starcraft2 and use Creo Parametric for engineering design at Uni.

The main issue i'm having is deciding on a suitable graphic card.

Build so far:
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K
Cooling: Fan or Watercooling??? need some advice and suggestions on this one. Currently i'm thinking CPU Fan initially and watercool it in the future when/if i overclock.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard
RAM: Corsair Vengeance CML16GX3M4A1600C9B 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3
Graphics Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD7970 GHz Edition 3GB
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Intel 330 Series 120GB SSD
Case: Thermaltake Black Chaser MK-I Full Tower
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W Modular HCG-620M
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHES312 12X Blu-Ray DVD Combo Drive
OS: Windows 8