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February 6, 2013 7:06:31 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next 6 months

Budget Range: 800-1000 After Rebates, Shipping, etc.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming/CAD

Are you buying a monitor: Nope

Parts to Upgrade: Build List below

Do you need to buy OS: No; Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/amazon all parts chosen on pcpartpicker.com

Location: NV, USA

Parts Preferences: Listed Below

Overclocking: Maybe in the Future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the Future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (I think)

Additional Comments: I have two different builds that I made; one is AMD and the other is Intel. I'm having some trouble choosing which build and I was wondering if there were any improvements I could make to either of them. I am willing to change the GPUs around (ex. AMD w/ nvidia or Intel w/radeon) but everything else should stay the same. The price isn't such a big factor, although I would like it as low as possible while still getting great performance. I won't be doing much multitasking, unless I'm doing something with CAD. This build needs to hold for at least 2-3 years.

software (Important->least important): BF3 mid-high settings / Solidworks/AutoCAD / HAWKEN / League / Minecraft / TF2 xD (also, various other games)

Why am I upgrading? I have a MacBook Pro (try bootcamping win7 and playing hawken or running solidworks. GAH)

AMD BUILD
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $851.91

INTEL BUILD
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($234.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($218.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $946.88


THANKS IN ADVANCE!

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February 6, 2013 7:42:39 AM

here's my suggestions:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.66 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $784.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 04:40 EST-0500)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.66 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $819.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 04:41 EST-0500)


this adds an SSD and Blu-ray player, and saves quite a bit of money. the Sabertooth boards tend to be very expensive for what you get. the 5400 RPM HDD is less of a problem with the SSD as well. I also upped you to the Hyper 212 EVO cooler, much better than the TX3
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February 6, 2013 7:58:08 AM

A few questions:

1. AMD or Intel? I still can't choose >.< (personally leaning towards intel, but not sure)
2. SSD-HDD would be OS on the SSD and files on the HDD right?
3. Is it worth dropping another 50-100 bucks on a 660Ti? (MSI/EVGA/ASUS)
4. Is there a noticeable difference between the sabertooth and the ASRock? is there something in between, like a $150?

If it means a noticeable performance increase, I'm willing to go near 900 bucks for the budget :p 
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February 6, 2013 8:08:28 AM

1.) Intel is better for Gaming and it is the most recommended CPU in the world!! LOL but it really is the best right now.
2.) SSD - OS and programs you normally use HDD - the rest.
3.) Yes, it would be worth it. If only you weren't using CAD then a 7870 would be better.
4.) Nope. Motherboards normally do not have any impact in performance.

Hope this helps. Go with Screwy's build. I don't even need to check it anymore since she's really the good posters around here.
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February 17, 2013 3:49:34 PM

Best answer selected by jakedageek127.
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