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So my brother is looking at building a rig with his tax return, he's wanting to keep it under $700. He is an engineer and will use it for work and gaming. We can possibly push it up to $800 if it's worth it.

What I've got so far:

Case: NZXT Phantom 410
CPU: i5 3570K
PSU: Corsair 500W
GPU: XFX 7850
SSD: Samsung 840 series 120GB
RAM: Gskill 8GB

That puts me around $800 not including a motherboard or a CPU Cooler, so I'm leaving it to you guys to recommend where we should cut and to also recommend a good mobo. Will probably go with a 212 Evo for the cpu cooler.

Also would it be a better idea to use the AMD CPU with more cores since it may better for his work, and a bit cheaper?
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Originally Posted by TheCapn23 View Post

So my brother is looking at building a rig with his tax return, he's wanting to keep it under $700. He is an engineer and will use it for work and gaming. We can possibly push it up to $800 if it's worth it.

What I've got so far:

Case: NZXT Phantom 410
CPU: i5 3570K
PSU: Corsair 500W
GPU: XFX 7850
SSD: Samsung 840 series 120GB
RAM: Gskill 8GB

That puts me around $800 not including a motherboard or a CPU Cooler, so I'm leaving it to you guys to recommend where we should cut and to also recommend a good mobo. Will probably go with a 212 Evo for the cpu cooler.

Also would it be a better idea to use the AMD CPU with more cores since it may better for his work, and a bit cheaper?
Places for lowered price: you could easily downgrade the case, maybe pick up one of the cheaper options form Antec. PSU is fine, I highly recommend sticking with intel, better threaded performance all around and it overclocks like a boss, the 3570k is really the sweet spot for price/performance. You could and should save quite a bit of money on the SSD, 128gb isn't really called for in that budget. The card is a good choice, would you go with 1gb or 2gb? Other than that, nice choices, and I would highly recommend a 212+, they're great coolers.

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* Thermalright true 120m is better than 212 evo:cooler & quieter
http://www.nansgaminggear.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TS-120M
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-TS120


* I would make sure to get the Double Dissipation if you go with XFX for HD7850. Also depending on his needs, a Geforce may or may not be better. If he wants to truly do work on it, a Firepro/Quadro (or a Geforce modded to Quadro) is advisable. Autocad is fine on Geforce though.

* Corsair CX is a cheap but not that great. If you're looking for cheap nonmodular go with XFX PSUs (all Seasonic built) or Rosewill Capstone.

* AMD Octo-core Fx-8320 may be better for rendering but for CAD and any single threaded tasks, the i5 OCed will be faster

edit: what mobo?
Edited by AlphaC - 4/2/13 at 2:39pm
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* Thermalright true 120m is better than 212 evo:cooler & quieter
http://www.nansgaminggear.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TS-120M
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-TS120


* I would make sure to get the Double Dissipation if you go with XFX for HD7850. Also depending on his needs, a Geforce may or may not be better. If he wants to truly do work on it, a Firepro/Quadro (or a Geforce modded to Quadro) is advisable. Autocad is fine on Geforce though.

* Corsair CX is a cheap but not that great. If you're looking for cheap nonmodular go with XFX PSUs (all Seasonic built) or Rosewill Capstone.

* AMD Octo-core Fx-8320 may be better for rendering but for CAD and any single threaded tasks, the i5 OCed will be faster
Good points, all valid, although I'm sticking with my recommendation for the 3570k. I forgot to mention in my previous post a good motherboard, the Asrock Extreme 4 z77 board will serve you well and offer SLI support down the road.
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XFX video cards are crap
TRUE 120M is better then 212 Evo
And which Corsair 500 watts PSU?
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So my brother is looking at building a rig with his tax return, he's wanting to keep it under $700. He is an engineer and will use it for work and gaming. We can possibly push it up to $800 if it's worth it.

What I've got so far:

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (NZXT Source 210 instead)
CPU: i5 3570K (AMD FX 6300 and use the difference for a motherboard)
PSU: Corsair 500W
GPU: XFX 7850 (If he is an engineer and is going to use it for work I would go with Nvidia either the 650 Ti Boost or 660)
SSD: Samsung 840 series 120GB (Get a 500gb HDD instead)
RAM: Gskill 8GB

That puts me around $800 not including a motherboard or a CPU Cooler, so I'm leaving it to you guys to recommend where we should cut and to also recommend a good mobo. Will probably go with a 212 Evo for the cpu cooler.

Also would it be a better idea to use the AMD CPU with more cores since it may better for his work, and a bit cheaper?

And yes a Coolermaster 212 Evo is a great choice for the money.
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Yeah, looks like he's just going have to live without an SSD and cutting back on the case. What mobo's what you guys recommend?
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Yeah, looks like he's just going have to live without an SSD and cutting back on the case. What mobo's what you guys recommend?
Well that depends on AMD vs. Intel, which way are you leaning?
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If you want Intel then the Gigabyte GA-X77X-D3H
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XFX video cards are crap
TRUE 120M is better then 212 Evo
And which Corsair 500 watts PSU?

This one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139050
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