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Hello, my name is Jonathan and I'm an avid gamer and engineering student. I'm copying this post over from HardOCP in the hopes of getting some sage advice from the gurus at Overclock.net. I don't think I've broken any taboos of this forum, and if I have I'll be sure to make corrections ASAP.

After more than three years, it's finally time for a PC upgrade after attending the Texas GamExperience and QuakeCon where I won a fair amounts of prizes. I figure I'll just go through the questions in the sticky at the top of this forum. Your wisdom is much appreciated before I take the plunge.

1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc

This PC will be used primarily for gaming. As I am an mechanical engineering senior, this machine will also see it's fair share of CAD and other analysis software. More specifically - Pro-Engineer, MathCad, and ANSYS for the immediate future.

2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?

My budget is about $1000 US before taxes and shipping. There's some wiggle room, but I'd like to keep it to $1000 US plus the components I already have.

3) Where do you live?

Texas, the best state.

4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. The word "Everything" is not a valid answer. Please list out all the parts you'll need.

For this build I already have:
- Corsair 1050W power supply
- Sapphire 6870 1gb
- Western Digital 3 TB hard disk

I will need:
-Case
-CPU
-MoBo
-RAM
-Disk Drive
-2nd Video Card
-CPU cooler

I may be able to get a student version of Windows 7 Pro for free.

5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model.

I will be re-using a X-Fi Fatal1ty Sound Card.

6) Will you be overclocking?

I'd like to, yes.

7) What size monitor do you have and/or plan to have?

I have a 21" widescreen LCD monitor, but I'd like to upgrade in the future with a second. Just not now.

8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?

It needs to get put together before the 17th so time is of the essence.

9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? USB 3.0? SATA 6Gb/s? eSATA? Onboard video? etc.

Crossfire for sure. I'm not sure of the practical benefits of some of the other listed features, but I suppose the faster the better. Pardon my ignorance.

10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? Is it 32bit or 64bit?

I'd a student at a participating school in the MSDN Academic Alliance, so I think I can get Windows 7 Pro for free. That being said, on a new build with no OS, I'm not sure how that will work.

Without further adieu, my prototype build:

CPU: i7 2600k @ $280 + tax = 303 @ Micro Center

MoBo: ASUS p8p67 Pro @ $169 @ Newegg

GPU: Sapphire 1GB 6870 @ $180 @


RAM: 16 GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ $100 @ Newegg

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 @ $140 @ Newegg

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ @ $27 @ Newegg

Optical-Drive: ASUS 24x DVDRW @ $20 @ Newegg

Total - $943

To remind you, I already have a Corsair 1050W PSU and a second Sapphire 6870, and a 3 TB Western Digital HDD. The case is totally up in the air - I may not need such a big one. My previous build used an Antec 900 and it was great. I may also add in a small SSD, but I'm not too sure about those.

Thank you for your advice, I appreciate your time and wisdom.
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They're gonna tell you to save the $100 and go with the 2500k, and also, I'd make sure there aren't any bundles at Microcenter with the CPU and Motherboard. There were bundles last week that would've save you same cash.

Also, if you`re OC'ing you may get suggestions to go with 8 gigs of faster RAM vs. 16 Gigs of CL 9.

Good Luck with the build.
Edited by BillOhio - 8/8/11 at 7:32pm
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They`re gonna tell you to save the $100 and go with the 2500k, and also, I`d make sure there aren`t any bundles at Microcenter with the CPU and Motherboard. There were bundles last week that would`ve save you same cash.
That's only for gaming some of the engineering software will make full use of the hyperthreading.
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That's only for gaming some of the engineering software will make full use of the hyperthreading.
Yeah, but I've seen arguments here as to whether the time he'll save via HT is worth 10% of his budget, especially as he's a student.
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Like Bill predicted...I'm going to suggest you get the 2500k and bundle deal at microcenter to save yourself another $140 bucks. Also, you can drop down to 8GB ram and suffer virtually no drop in performance while saving another $40.

Besides those two things, everything looks good. If you want to *hit* your 1k budget, you can use the ~180ish you save with the above two suggestions and get yourself a nice 120GB SSD
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You should look into swapping the processor for a 2500K as suggested and upgrading to a HD 6950.
    
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Is it clear that in CAD hyperthreading is useful?
Stick with the 2600k and for $100 that 16GB is a steal. I would get a better cooler, maybe a Megahalem with two Yates (D12SH) or something.
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