Okay so I'm an Australian girl looking to buy her first custom made desktop. I have a buget of just shy of $1200 but I can go up to $1500 if it really worth it.
I'm an architecture student so the computer needs to run things like AudoCAD and Revit but I'm also a reasonably serious gamer (if my computer would run the games that is). At the moment my computer hardly can even run The Sims 3 (most expansions and such) with my school Software.
I'm looking for something with great graphics, silent, serious storage and really good graphics.
Can any one help?
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-4 weeks
Budget Range: $1200 total (can go up to $1500 if its really worth it)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Architecture/Photography programs (autoCAD, Revit, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, etc), streaming/watching movies, Gaming (Sims 3 - all expansions + heaps custom content, Assassins Creed, Portal, etc)
Are you buying a monitor: Yes, included with the build. Has to be 20-25 inchs. No widescreen please.
Parts to Upgrade: The whole computer, completely new build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, microsoft 64bit
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com
Location: Australia (ship to Sydney)
Parts Preferences: Don't mind as long as it works and it doesn't cost excessively large amounts of money
Overclocking: No - I don't know anything about it
SLI or Crossfire: No - I don't know anything about it
Monitor Resolution something around 1600x1200+
Additional Information: Quiet and a space saver. Monitor has to be 20-24inch and not widescreen. It needs to have a REALY good graphics card, heaps of storage and be speedy. I also need a Card Reader and a good webcam for Skype. I'm not too worried about the case, as long as it has room for everything I need and is reasonably priced I will be happy (love the Fractal Design ones though).
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm going into a degree in Architecture and Graphic Design but I want to keep up my gaming habits along with my photography. At the moment my computer can barely take my Architecture software so as you can imagine I need to update.
This is my current set up. Please feel free to change things or correct me.
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770
Motherboard: ASRock H77-PRO4-MVP
Memory: Corsair Vengeance CML 16GX3M2A1600C10 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001
Storage: Plextor PX-128M5S 128GB SSD
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB
Power: Antec High Current Bamer 520W HCG-520
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM
Card Reader: Astrotek V-301 3.5 Internal USB 3.0 Card Reader
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl
Moniter: Dell S2340L 23in IPS LED
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM
Getting a z77 board is worth it (went with the same ATX size but you can grab a cheaper mATX [ http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga... ] if you want)
It gets you SRT and you can OC the E3 1230v2 (which is a i7 3770 that is 100mhz slower but has 2mb more L3 cache) to about 4.1ghz using the turbo method and the $55 saved from the getting the E3 more than makes up for the z77 price
Kept basically the same for the res of the build because it is good price/perf and 660 for the CUDA
Could not find the case though