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$700 Intel gaming/light design build (already have SSD/HDD)

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Hey guys. I haven't built a PC in 2-3 years so I am thinking about building one. I'll mostly be using it for some basic, undergraduate level solidworks, autodesk inventor, MATLAB, and AutoCAD work. I'll also be doing some light gaming from time to time. I don't mind running the latest games 1-2 years from now on low settings, as long as it is at 1080p.

My budget is $700, and all parts MUST be from Amazon since I have a lot of Amazon credit to spend. I already have an SSD and HDD, as well as an optical drive. I'd like the CPU to be 3570k or the Haswell equivalent. I don't mind having a cheap $40 case, and a 500W PSU. I won't be upgrading anytime soon.

Also, I heard AMD is far superior to Nvidia GPU wise if you go with a consumer grade GPU (not a Quadro/FirePro, but a standard GTX or Radeon card). Can anyone confirm if this is true?

Would love some suggestions!
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Will you be overclocking?

Do any of those programs use opencl or cuda?

Do you already have Windows?

4670K $219
MSI Z87-G43 $119.99
EVGA 650 TI Boost 2GB $159.99
SeaSonic fanless 400W 80+ Platinum $119.99
Kingston Hyper X Blu 8GB 1600MHz $58.99

Total $678

Left the case for you to decide. That build would use the stock Intel CPU cooler, once you have chosen a case I would suggest going for the Cooler Master 212 Evo $33.24.

Haswell already runs hot and long CPU intensive work might be a problem for the heat. If you are going to overclock your going to have to be certain its 100% stable.

You could save money on the PSU.
Edited by Sir Noob - 8/12/13 at 3:53am
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Also, I heard AMD is far superior to Nvidia GPU wise if you go with a consumer grade GPU (not a Quadro/FirePro, but a standard GTX or Radeon card). Can anyone confirm if this is true?

What programmes are you going to use?
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AMD FX 8350 Asus crosshair V formula-Z Asus 7970 Corsair vengeance pro 1600mhz (2x4gb) 
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Case: Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R - $69.99 @ Amazon.com

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP - $106.24 @ Amazon.com

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K - $209.99 @ Amazon.com

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 - $19.67 @ Amazon.com

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB DDR3 2133 - $74.00 @ Amazon.com

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ OC - $184.99 @ Amazon.com

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE - $49.99 @ Amazon.com

Total: $714.87

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What programmes are you going to use?

Mentioned them in the OP
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Silverstone AR01 81.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $658.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-11 16:52 EDT-0400)

That is over budget but i think it would be worth it. I know last time i checked that autocad needs a highly clocked cpu with lots of ram. I dont know if it has changed but autocad seemed to always prefer nvidia gpu's.
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PowerCaseAudio
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8350 Asus crosshair V formula-Z Asus 7970 Corsair vengeance pro 1600mhz (2x4gb) 
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Samsung 840 120gb  Asus Silverstone argon ar 01 Windows 7 64 bit 
PowerCaseAudio
xfx xxx 650 Antec One Asus Xonar DG 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8350 Asus crosshair V formula-Z Asus 7970 Corsair vengeance pro 1600mhz (2x4gb) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
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