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New system for CAD/Adobe Creative/Some Gaming Around $1000

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February 14, 2013 6:54:54 PM

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

Overclocking: Maybe

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.
February 14, 2013 7:21:54 PM

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?

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February 14, 2013 7:39:18 PM

Well this is an " editing " rig, so i7 is a must. Graphics doesn't seem to be the most important. Here's something I recommend:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($91.76 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.25 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.21 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1131.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 16:37 EST-0500)

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.

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February 14, 2013 7:41:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($91.76 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.25 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1176.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 16:41 EST-0500)
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February 14, 2013 7:47:27 PM

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! :) 

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February 14, 2013 7:49:34 PM

CUDA helps in modeling and design and all that, and it's only on NVIDIA cards. It helps A LOT.
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February 14, 2013 8:01:51 PM

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.)
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February 14, 2013 8:09:29 PM

I would recommend a 670 for like $100 more, but since you only play Sims 3 as it seems, then 660 Ti is more than enough.
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