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 $1350 give or take.
Just wanna know if my build is feasible for my application... or if any bottlenecking is occurring.
NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
You can get the i7-3770K in microcenter for just 230$ 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 : http://microcenter.com/product/385182/Ballistix_Sport_1...(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_8GB_Memory_Modules)
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.
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.