I am building a new system for myself to be used at CFD (computational fluid dynamics), lightweight CAD (solidworks) and I also often run games (like Flight Simulators...).
CFD is really demanding on processing capabilities but this is not what I do for a living...(otherwise I'd need a high end workstation). For CAD i just deal with small assemblies that doesn't require huge rendering or anything like that. The games I play requires good video cards (I have a GTX 660m on my laptop that do just fine but sometimes I feel I could have more..).
Anyways, here is the configuration I thought could work and be "updated" for the next few years. This is the first time I'm doing it so feel free to change it as needed if I made any rookie mistake! (feel free to laugh too if it's the case...)
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($206.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Other: CPU Cooler ($39.99)
PS: I'm not thinking about overclocking unless it is worth it or easy to do.
PS2: CAD video cards and Gaming video cards are completely different, but as I said, I don't really need a high-end CAD workstation, otherwise I'd go with a FirePro or Quadro.
PS3: As right now I have a Lenovo Y580 (i7 3630QM, 8Gb, GTX 660m).
I would recommend a PowerCooler 7870 Le for a video card, more power. Also why do you have CPU Cooler $39.99 if you need one I would go for a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo
Good call on the videocard! Thanks, it is really better than the gtx 660 fo same price basically!
For the cooler, I forgot to describe it but I was thinking of the Thermaltake A80 (liquid cooling for 39,00) is it worth?
Go with the i7-3770
Asrock H77 MVP Motherboard
Save $200 and it will still be a great workstation.
Do you plan to Crossfire/OC?
Well I thought that $200 on a $1000 range machine would not hurt if I pretend to keep it for at least 3 years or more...
I am not thinking of doing crossfire, at least right now...but I want a configuration that allows me to expand in the future if I need to...
Don't worry, the i7-3770 would be more than enough for your needs
You can use the money saved for an SSD which would be a bigger benefit than an expensive CPU and motherboard.
My objective with this is to improve CFD simulations, where I can choose the number of threads to run, so the 3930k would be better.
But what got me thinking is the overclocking possibilities for both 3770k and 3930k..... If I can overclock the 3770k and have 8 high speed threads it could be faster than the 12 threads of the stock 3930k?
What about overclocking the 3930k?
Is the ThermalTake A80 capable of keeping those cpus overclocked 24/7?