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)
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
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
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.