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Ok, so I'm looking for advice from people more experienced than myself on building a new gaming rig later this year or very early next year. While I've never built one from the ground up I have installed just about everything in a computer minus the CPU. I put together my current prospects and will include the link at the end. I intend to use it for a lot of gaming, but it will still see use for watching movies, using photoshop and eventually I might end up doing some CAD work (nothing to big) on it. That said it definitely has a definite lean towards the gaming end of the spectrum. I left a few fields blank either because I already have the item or don't plan on having one. I do plan to go with a combination of liquid cooling and air cooling. I'll be using liquid cooling on the CPU and GPU and then the rest of the components will be air cooled. My plan is to run two separate loops for the GPU and CPU. With the U2 UFO case space will not be an issue for two radiators and their associated parts. I would really like to hear what you guys have to say about where I can improve on what I currently have listed.

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Do you happen to know which CAD programs you'll be using? Some run are better on Nvidia vs AMD and vice versa. Most cad and rendering software have good multi-thread support so going to a hexcore might give you a nice performance increase, though those start at like $500 bucks or something from Intel? For sure stick with Intel for the processor, I don't think AMD is competitive in high end gaming and CAD applications. Everything else looks pretty good, maybe add some HDDs and do a raid for more storage? You could probably get a smaller sized SSD then and still have room to put any programs that you think would benefit from it on then along with all your media and other stuff on your HDDS.

What kind of monitor set up do you have? If you are gaming at resolutions above 1080P a 290x might be a better than a 780 for you, plus they are super cheap used right now, I'm really debating getting one.
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To be honest, I'm not sure what CAD software I'll be using. I imagine either AutoCAD or Solidworks though. It'll be whatever the school uses. My current setup has an AMD processor (about 5 years old at this point) and I'll probably continue using it for general stuff and save the heavy work for the new rig.

I was actually coznsidering going with 2 or 3 of the 500gb ssd. Currently I have a 1tb hdd and it's almost full due to music, movies, and pictures. I also have another couple of external drives filled with more music and pics. What I was thinking was having a ssd dedicated to the OS and the few games I do play. The others would be for multimedia purposes.

I can't say off the top of my head which monitor I'm using since I'm at work. It's a 24 inch lcd with a 1080p native resolution. I would love to go with a larger monitor but I have a lot of research to do in order to know what I'm looking at. I'm honestly not looking for super hd, 1080p works just fine for me.

The future use of CAD is what got me to max the RAM. The last time I really used CAD was in high school (12 years ago) and I distinctly remember how sluggish my computer would get extremely sluggish as the files got bigger. Heck, I rendered a picture of a model and it took around 6 hours to complete lol.
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Multiple 500GB SSDs is going to be stupidly expensive. Get a 250GB SSD for OS/games and a 3TB Barracuda or something similar for storage.
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Multiple 500GB SSDs is going to be stupidly expensive. Get a 250GB SSD for OS/games and a 3TB Barracuda or something similar for storage.

That's not a bad thought. It would definitely save quite a bit of money.
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Solidworks is my program of choice. I run it on my desktop with a 660TI and my laptop with a quadro K3000m and it runs great on both, both have quad core i7s, sandy in the desktop, ivy in the laptop. Ram wise I've never seen a problem on either of my machines, both have 16GB. I wouldn't worry about your system lagging in any CAD work.

I agree about the smaller SSD and HHD. If you went with 2x 500GB ssds thats like $1000 or so just for them, you could get the 250GB and how ever many TB you think you will need for around $300. If you wanted to dump that extra $700 into your system you could SLI your 780s, bump up to a cheaper i7 hexacore and a 780TI, or max out your cpu for like $1000.

As for GPU's I've read rumors that the 800 series won't be around until 2015 so I doubt you could wait for that.

I think the way that the market is going 1080p is going to be phased out things will start jumping to 4k. I use a 27" 1440p and the extra pixels are very nice.
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16GB of RAM is a minimum for Photoshop and it c an also benefit from a scratch disk if you are doing sophisticated image manipulations so bear that in mind.
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As I dont agree on building a computer for the future with today`s prices,I would accept you a PM at the moment you are going to buy and I could give you an idea what would be the best for your budget
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16GB of RAM is a minimum for Photoshop and it c an also benefit from a scratch disk if you are doing sophisticated image manipulations so bear that in mind.

Ok, you got me. What's a scratch disk?
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As I dont agree on building a computer for the future with today`s prices,I would accept you a PM at the moment you are going to buy and I could give you an idea what would be the best for your budget

I understand, this is more or less to give myself a target of how much money I need to have set aside. I'll keep your offer in mind once I'm ready to pull the trigger.
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Ok, you got me. What's a scratch disk?
I understand, this is more or less to give myself a target of how much money I need to have set aside. I'll keep your offer in mind once I'm ready to pull the trigger.

scratch disk is like windows page file for photoshop
where photoshop writes ram to a hdd/ssd that wont fit in sytem ram
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