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First time build, Gaming/CAD rig, £700-750 budget. HELP

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September 10, 2013 3:21:41 AM

Hello there!

Ive been browsing these forums for the past few months as im interested in building my first custom rig and noticed that you guys can offer alot of help in this area. Looks like a good community over here and im hoping to get some feedback and advice on my proposed build so here it goes ...

As the title suggests im looking into building a system that would primarily be for gaming but would fit my study requirements too, main programme usage being the likes of;
Solidworks 12/13
Keyshot 3
Adobe suite, photoshop, illustrator etc etc.


im hoping to play current gen games at high to max settings with a respectful fps. BF, COD, Crysis, maybe some LOL or FF:realm reborn thrown in there too.

So thats abit of background into what im looking for it to hopefully handle, not sure if this is expecting too much on my budget but i guess thats why im here :)  im just trying to get that balance in performance between work and play! (unfortunately)



Here is a list of what im currently looking at so some comments or criticisms would be cool and very welcome ..

Intel Core i5 4570 3.20GHz Socket 1150 6MB Cache - £163.52
Seagate 1TB Barracuda 3.5" SATA-III Hard Drive - 7200RPM 64MB Cache - £49.98
Asus H81M-PLUS Socket 1150 DVI HDMI 8-Channel HD Audio uATX Motherboard - £49.78
Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz Vengeance Pro Kit - Black - £74
Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card - £172.92
Antec All Black 302 Three Hundred Two Case - £49.98
Corsair 600W CX Builder Series 80 Plus Bronze PSU - £67.58
LG 22EA63V 22" IPS LED LCD HDMI Monitor - £109.98

TOTAL: £689.16


What do you guys think to this intial build? would it run okay? im sure in the future i will plan to upgrade but atm im running a relatively tight budget :( 
would this psu be powerful enough? Also ive not heard postive things about an AMD gpu for supporting my 3D modelling software is this true?

Sorry for 101 questions but im quite new to this and hoping you guys can lend a virtual hand :) 

Cheers

Scott

a b 4 Gaming
a b ) Power supply
September 10, 2013 1:29:19 PM

I think the PSU is not compatible with CPU. Not all PSU can handle HASWELL CPU.

Look here : http://www.corsair.com/us/blog/haswell-compatibility-wi...

Here is a PSU :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $74.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-10 16:32 EDT-0400)

And I think this GPU will be lot better than the one you choose. Of course if you have the budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $249.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-10 16:19 EDT-0400)

You can consider this MB too :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $174.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-10 16:28 EDT-0400)
September 11, 2013 12:43:46 PM

Thanks for the reply lonewolf!

I've upgraded my build with that PSU you suggested

Also been checking out the gtx 760 since you linked me too them,
http://m.ebuyer.com/#/519295
I've noticed for the same price there's an EVGA model or MSI?
Would there be any difference between the two cards?

I'm not interested in overclocking or anything so would a cheaper MOBO like this,
http://m.ebuyer.com/?action=viewCategory&intCategoryId=...
Support my PCU & the GPU efficiently?

Ty for the help :) 
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September 12, 2013 7:53:50 AM

This is the build ive gone ahead with today,

LG 23EA63V 23" IPS LED LCD HDMI Monitor
Seagate 1TB Barracuda 3.5" SATA-III Hard Drive - 7200RPM 64MB Cache
Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory Kit CL9 1.65V
Intel Core i5 4570 3.20GHz Socket 1150 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Asus H81-PLUS socket 1150 8-Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard
MSI GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card
Antec All Black 302 Three Hundred Two Case
Corsair 750W CXM Builder Modular 80+ Bronze PSU

(free accessory) Batman Arkham Origins Download
(free accessory) Nvidia Splinter Cell Blacklist voucher download

had to pay for next day delivery monday was just too long a wait! altogether with delivery £772 :) 
fingers crossed
a b 4 Gaming
a b ) Power supply
September 12, 2013 9:43:35 AM

About GPU, both are almost same in performance, so no worries. And MB will work for you. All the best. Happy computing and happy gaming.
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