Approximate Purchase Date:A soon as I can!
Budget Range: Would prefer around 800-1000. 1200 would be about max.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: AutoCad usage, Adobe Creative Suite, Some gaming (Sims 3 with a lot of mods/cc...Im more of a console gamer)
Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but this isn't super important. I can find one on my own.
Parts to Upgrade: Everything.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Not a hugggge fan of Windows 8, would prefer 7.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon. It's not a huge deal, wherever is lowest price and reliable
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Parts Preferences: Intel Processor. Probably an i7 for the Cad work, If I can build with this
SLI or Crossfire: To be honest I don't know
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Wanting a decent desktop that can handle all of this, with a little room to grow. I was looking at some computers at CyberPower possibly the Black Pearl, but they have some dodgy reviews so I'm a little nervous about that.
I am sort-of experienced with computer building. I recently upgraded my laptop hard drive, ram, and replaced the thermal paste on my CPU. I have done graphics cards upgrades before, I think Ill be fine with the physical building, I am just nervous about compatibility and there is SO MUCH INFORMATION EVERYWHERE. My brain is fried from trying to find a computer that will do what I want, hence why I am asking for build suggestions.
I started building on there and I'm already at 1300 without adding optical/OS/networking etc. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DxGh
I'm not sure what kind of balance to be looking for cost wise. There is so much stuff on there I've been mostly going by ratings and reviews. I was more looking for some suggested builds. I tried looking around and I found some but nothing that's been what I wanted, and I feel like I don't know enough to try and completely build from scratch without some help. It could also be that I can't build what I want for my price range?
The video card was a pain to find, but it's near impossible to get a middle end card with 2 GB of VRAM, which is near essential for your Sims 3. Unless you want to take away the CUDA in place of more VRAM with AMD. It's a question of game or work. This build is $21 above your limit, but you may like it. If you could shell out $50 more, the case would be a great improvement, but not very necessary.
Thanks! The work would be the more essential part, obviously.
This build does look pretty good. A little high price wise but I do realize that for work i'll need the i7 which bumps price up a bit.
Not 100% what you're saying about the graphics card either - "CUDA" is not familiar to me. It has been a while since I did I looked into computers, let alone desktops!
Oh okay, thanks. Just out of curiosity, if I went a little higher budget wise, is there a different graphics card of you would recommend? I could possibly wait a little to build, if it was going to be something that would be a significant improvement. (Seems silly to get something knowing I may have to upgrade in the somewhat near future.)