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December 10, 2012 9:41:20 PM

Hi all, i'm a complete newbie here!

I have decided to build my own computer for the first time because i believe it is worth it and i want to learn about these suff anyway, so i think this is a good start.

So far, i did some research and have decided to purchase the following:

1) Processor.....Intel Core i7-3770k 3.5GHz
2) Motherboard....Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
3) Memory card....Corsair Vengeance 8GB Dual channel DDR3 (2x4GB) CML8GX3M2A1600C9B


Now i'm in the process of finding the right graphics card for my new system.

As well as power supply, case, and Hard drive ( not sure if should just get a SSD or what )

But my main concern now is the graphics card !! i'm no really into the gaming world ..( just a few old games like Need for speed undergroun) I love watching movies !!!!! I do work alot with AutoCAD softwares ( Pro E, Solidworks)...

any suggestions ???

Also is the above list ok ?
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 9:43:32 PM

The above list is good, but what are you looking to spend on a GPU (graphics card) ? and what do you want to spend overall?
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December 10, 2012 11:04:03 PM

I think $200 is more than enough for the GPU

As for over all i have no idea yet but i think around $1000 should do the trick
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December 10, 2012 11:46:07 PM

Thanks Michael31....that link is only for the GTX660 FTW signature 2 right ?
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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 11:53:00 PM

santafa said:
Thanks Michael31....that link is only for the GTX660 FTW signature 2 right ?


Yess Sir
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December 11, 2012 12:02:16 AM

OK...Now when i looked at both of their specs...
Ports of both..
GTX 660 has 1 HDMI. 1 Disply Port. and 2 DVI
HD 7870 has 1 HDMI. 2 mini Display port. and 1 DVI

IF i decide to have 3 monitors ... will any of these two options work ?

Sorry if my question is kinda weird
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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2012 12:07:02 AM

For $169.99 after $20.00 rebate I´d go for a MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU = SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get yourself a SSD for performance, you can install the OS and your engineer programs on it.

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 11, 2012 12:23:04 AM

Thanks for the tip jemm...
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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2012 12:28:48 AM

santafa said:
OK...Now when i looked at both of their specs...
Ports of both..
GTX 660 has 1 HDMI. 1 Disply Port. and 2 DVI
HD 7870 has 1 HDMI. 2 mini Display port. and 1 DVI

IF i decide to have 3 monitors ... will any of these two options work ?

Sorry if my question is kinda weird


You probably wont be able to do 3 monitors on either card that would require upwards of 3gb of graphic memory, or 2 cards in SLI but you can do 2 monitors on 1 card. There are 3g options but they are a little bit more expensive, heres one for $240

Its an GTX 660 SC (super clocked) with 3GB or Memory, That card should be able to run 3 monitor setup. Core Clock: 1046MHz
Boost Clock: 1111MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now the GTX 660 SC Signiture 2 runs slightly faster and has 2 fans for twice the cooling. but comes in at a more expensive price of $260 coming in at a Core Clock: 1072MHz Boost Clock: 1137MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good Luck on deciding, Wish you the best!
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December 11, 2012 1:23:06 AM

Michael31 said:
You probably wont be able to do 3 monitors on either card that would require upwards of 3gb of graphic memory, or 2 cards in SLI but you can do 2 monitors on 1 card. There are 3g options but they are a little bit more expensive, heres one for $240

Its an GTX 660 SC (super clocked) with 3GB or Memory, That card should be able to run 3 monitor setup. Core Clock: 1046MHz
Boost Clock: 1111MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now the GTX 660 SC Signiture 2 runs slightly faster and has 2 fans for twice the cooling. but comes in at a more expensive price of $260 coming in at a Core Clock: 1072MHz Boost Clock: 1137MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good Luck on deciding, Wish you the best!



yup thanks man...

i think i'll go with the GTX 660 SC Signiture 2 ...

now what would you recommend for the rest of my system ??
1) PSU
2) SSD or Hard drive ?
3) Montor
4) Case
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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2012 6:04:07 PM

1) PSU, This is an AMAZING DEAL, 70$ for an SLI ready, Modular 80% Bronze star 850Watts for only 70$ your never going to get better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) If your on a budget get a seagate HDD, if you can afford it get an WD Black HDD 1t or 500gb
And SSD will increase performance but I would only get it if you can afford it

3) Monitor, This ACER 24" LED monitor is verry good for its price I good buy, You can get a smaller one for arround 100$ but dont get anything less than 1920x1080

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -130$

4) Case as allways the 300r is a good budget case comming in at 80$ I just ordered one for my new build
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -80$

The Anteac 300 is a good case comming in at 60$ a little but more budget friendly
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Last but not least a great ATX Full Tower at 110$ the COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -110$

Good Luck on your build any more questions just ask!
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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2012 7:12:17 PM

Michael31 said:
You probably wont be able to do 3 monitors on either card that would require upwards of 3gb of graphic memory, or 2 cards in SLI but you can do 2 monitors on 1 card. There are 3g options but they are a little bit more expensive, heres one for $240

Its an GTX 660 SC (super clocked) with 3GB or Memory, That card should be able to run 3 monitor setup. Core Clock: 1046MHz
Boost Clock: 1111MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now the GTX 660 SC Signiture 2 runs slightly faster and has 2 fans for twice the cooling. but comes in at a more expensive price of $260 coming in at a Core Clock: 1072MHz Boost Clock: 1137MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good Luck on deciding, Wish you the best!


It is a very misleading information!

Both GTX 660 and HD 7870 are able to run more than 3 monitors, without any problem.

GTX 660 has surround tech that allows to connect up to four monitors!

AMD has Eyefinity technology, and the HD 7870 can connect up to 6 monitors!


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December 14, 2012 1:44:22 AM

Michael31 said:
1) PSU, This is an AMAZING DEAL, 70$ for an SLI ready, Modular 80% Bronze star 850Watts for only 70$ your never going to get better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) If your on a budget get a seagate HDD, if you can afford it get an WD Black HDD 1t or 500gb
And SSD will increase performance but I would only get it if you can afford it

3) Monitor, This ACER 24" LED monitor is verry good for its price I good buy, You can get a smaller one for arround 100$ but dont get anything less than 1920x1080

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -130$

4) Case as allways the 300r is a good budget case comming in at 80$ I just ordered one for my new build
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -80$

The Anteac 300 is a good case comming in at 60$ a little but more budget friendly
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Last but not least a great ATX Full Tower at 110$ the COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -110$

Good Luck on your build any more questions just ask!



I think that this
2872345,13,1498798 said:
1) PSU, This is an AMAZING DEAL, 70$ for an SLI ready, Modular 80% Bronze star 850Watts for only 70$ your never going to get better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Is too much watts,,i think i can get something for 500 watts..isnt that enough for a power supple ??
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