Build for CAD and Gaming.

Hey guys,

I'm an engineering student and I need a desktop that performs in the AutoCAD and gaming functions, and get started on overclocking the CPU and GPU, maybe even the memory.
Now, this is really going to be my first build and I have done a bit of research for the type of components I want.
I don't really need an HDD, so everything is going to go in an SSD.
My budget is around $1500.00, and my current build is going for $1350 give or take.
Just wanna know if my build is feasible for my application... or if any bottlenecking is occurring.

NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX

Kingston HyperX 16GB (2 x 8GB)

EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Thermaltake TR2 TR-600 600W ATX12V


LG Electronics Blu-ray Disc Combo Internal SATA 12X

Total is around $1360 w/ Tax in Microcenter.
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  1. You can get the i7-3770K in microcenter for just 230$ and the motherboards have a discount, so you can get the i7+asus LK for 290$, the asus goes for 60$ combo discount.
    The i7 is a better cpu overall.
    The ram here :

    Ditch the thermaltake psu, it's junk, get a better one, like this one :
    Also a 670 gtx is the best value, the performance difference is minimal vs the 680 gtx, the 670 gtx is much less expensive :
  2. I didn't checked out the discount bundle of the intel CPU and board, I'll definitely check it out.

    I selected the 680 because I'm settin up a 3 (Maybe 4) Monitor desk, all of them might be at the 22-27" 1920 x 1080 res. Considering that, would you still recommend the 670? Or should I contemplate on a Sli 670? Crossfire 7970? Single 680?

    Thanks for the input about the PS, now I know why it's cheap.
  3. For a triple monitor setup a single 680 gtx isn't suffice in the most demanding games at the highest settings possible.
    A SLI setup of two 670 gtx will be a good choice for it, you can buy a single 670 gtx now and get another one when you'll have the monitors.
  4. Thanks.
  5. Last question though, what is the adviceble psu for a 670 Sli?

  6. A decent psu with 750W.
    This one is cheap and it's a quality semi-modular psu :
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