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I'll be using the below build for mostly gaming. I want it to last around 3 years from now. I am perfectly okay running games at low settings as long as it is at 1920x1080. I will also be using the rig for some light solidworks, MATLAB, and AutoCAD work. It will be very basic undergraduate mechanical engineering stuff.

All parts MUST be from Amazon.

I already have a SSD and HDD.

CPU: 4670k: $220: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-4670K-Quad-Core-Desktop-Processor/dp/B00CO8TBOW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376331637&sr=8-1&keywords=haswell+quad+core

GPU: EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked: $260: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-Graphics-02G-P4-2765-KR/dp/B00DHW4HXY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376332601&sr=8-1&keywords=gtx+760

RAM: 8GB Kingston: $59 http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Modules-1600MHz-Non-ECC-Desktop/dp/B0057Q4ADU/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1376332418&sr=1-4&keywords=8gb+ddr3+ram+desktop

PSU: Corsair CX600: $66: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Series-Watt-CX600/dp/B0092ML0OC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376333462&sr=8-1&keywords=corsair+cx600

Case: Corsair 200R: $60: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Compact-CC-9011023-WW/dp/B009GXZ8MM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376333496&sr=8-1&keywords=corsair+200r

Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41: $:107: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Corp-Z87-G41-MATE/dp/B00D12OBEA/ref=sr_1_16?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1376332220&sr=1-16&keywords=z87+motherboard

Total cost is $773.

Any parts you guys would switch out?

Any other recommendations?

Thanks!
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a ton......where to start. since this is intel section I wont even bother stating the obvious that autocad would work better on a multicore chip...like say a piledriver chip. so heres what I WILL mention. you can get a better psu for cheaper then that cx600 builders series...overpriced and overhyped over and out. heres a little cheaper power supply that will get you by just fine. http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ600SXS-StealthXStream-Power-Supply/dp/B000QF1EK4/ref=sr_1_42?ie=UTF8&qid=1376334185&sr=8-42&keywords=600watt+psus
heres a more budget orientated case that will do exactly what you need it to do and also scratch some money off the build and is a mid tower
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/diablotek-case-cpa6170
that 760 is gonna be a big inadequate for AUTOCAD with 2gb of vram.
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11196-19-20G/dp/B00CPLI74S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1376334659&sr=8-3&keywords=7950
 
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a ton......where to start. since this is intel section I wont even bother stating the obvious that autocad would work better on a multicore chip...like say a piledriver chip. so heres what I WILL mention. you can get a better psu for cheaper then that cx600 builders series...overpriced and overhyped over and out. heres a little cheaper power supply that will get you by just fine. http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ600SXS-StealthXStream-Power-Supply/dp/B000QF1EK4/ref=sr_1_42?ie=UTF8&qid=1376334185&sr=8-42&keywords=600watt+psus
heres a more budget orientated case that will do exactly what you need it to do and also scratch some money off the build and is a mid tower
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/diablotek-case-cpa6170
that 760 is gonna be a big inadequate for AUTOCAD with 2gb of vram.
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11196-19-20G/dp/B00CPLI74S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1376334659&sr=8-3&keywords=7950

Using the recommendations above, you will cut some costs, allowing you to get an i7 4770k. You need all the power you can get with the programs you are running, so that might be a good option. Only drawback being to get the 4770k cheap, you'll need to buy from Microcenter.
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a ton......where to start. since this is intel section I wont even bother stating the obvious that autocad would work better on a multicore chip...like say a piledriver chip..

The only thing I'd agree with is the power supply. Otherwise, no. The 4770k will spank the 8350 all over the place.. and 2GB of VRAM is PLENTY for AutoCAD. Even the GTX 580 1.5GB outperforms the Firepro W8000 (which has 4GB). Not to mention it clearly says "mostly gaming".
Edited by Broseidon - 8/12/13 at 12:40pm
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Hmm... Exactly how much of an improvement would the 4770k be over the 4670k in CAD and similar applications? I will only be doing very light work with these applications. Undergraduate level work that is. Stuff that can be done on 5 year old iGP's to make sure everyone can run the software.
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Hmm... Exactly how much of an improvement would the 4770k be over the 4670k in CAD and similar applications? I will only be doing very light work with these applications. Undergraduate level work that is. Stuff that can be done on 5 year old iGP's to make sure everyone can run the software.

The 4770K has hyperthreading, which CAD can utilize. Hyperthreading is also useful for multi-tasking, which seems to be the wave of the future. If you are running a dual monitor set up, you can have CAD running on one monitor and a browser or another program on the other.

Seeing as engineering is your major, CAD will be an essential part of your course work throughout your undergrad studies. Furthermore, it will be even more integral should you choose to do a graduate program in engineering. I would spend the extra cash now, and be set for the foreseeable future.
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In Cinebench, two identically clocked i5 and i7 from the same generation, have about 22-28% performance difference. That's what basically the advantage of Hyper Threading is in multi threaded applications, give or take a few percent.
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