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Advice on a 3D modeling/gaming build please

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January 25, 2013 1:32:27 PM

Hey y'all,

I'm looking at a new build for my final year of architecture school. I've been working off of an asus laptop and it's time for an upgrade. I want to go the microATX route because I have to ship my computer to Houston from New York when I go back to school and then ship it back when I graduate.

I looked up some parts that are listed below, any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: March 2013

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) 1500-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: CAD work (I use a lot of Rhinoceros, CAD, 3DSMax, and photoshop/illustrator/indesign), Rendering, gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (going to exchange my credit card points for a 27", most likely running it at 1080p)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: New York City

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment (I've read alot that SLI doesn't really improve performance for the programs I'm using, if I add a card it would probably for gaming. I would like the option to do so in the future but it is not a requirement)

Your Monitor Resolution: 2 monitors at 1920x1080

I have attached a build that I went through below:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1619.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 10:18 EST-0500)

Thank you in advance
January 25, 2013 4:03:40 PM

That looks good to me except two things:

1. 450W might be a bit underpowered for that setup. Go to a 550W / 650W instead. Get something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. And then you don't really need an H100 - get a Hyper 212 instead - that's really all you need.
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