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Trying to build a simple gaming pc that can also do CAD

January 30, 2013 7:41:52 PM

I'd like to purchase the parts for my first build within two weeks. My budget is $1400. My primary use is for internet and simple activities like MS Word and Youtube etc. I would also like to play games but I don't need any fancy graphics, just enough to get by. I would also like this to be as future-proof as possible. I will be going to college soon to study mechanical engineering and I thought that I might also need to learn CAD. I'd like to get some advice on whether I need a graphics card now or should I just wait until I really need one, like when I know for sure I'll need to use CAD programs, or should I try to get by as long as possible with Intel's HD 4000. Also, should I get a gaming GPU and use it for CAD also or get a workstation GPU and try and get away with moderate gaming. From my research it seems that Skyrim will play with HD 4000 and that's probably one of the few games I will play. I would like my PC to by quiet but it's not the most important feature. Here's what I've decided on so far:

CPU: Intel i5 3570k-$230

CPU fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus~$30

Mobo: Gigabyte GA Z77x-UP4H TH-$185

Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM-$80

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB-$54

SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G-$115

Case: COUGAR Orange Challenger-$75

Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner-$20

GPU: ?


My monitor will not be part of this budget but I want to get a 24" IPS 1920x1200 60hz <8ms

I'm not sure if I should just keep this build and buy a cheep PSU and try this out first to see how well it suits my needs; or should I get the GPU that I think I'll need for the future and the PSU that goes with it. Any advice would be helpful.