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Not sure if this is the right forums. Would like suggestions on parts as I haven't been really following the industry since I built mine in 2011. He's looking to spend $1200 Canadian(prefer to use sites like Canada Computer and NCIX because I can drive to pick up the parts will mainly be used for 1080 gaming with the games being overwatch, upcoming bf1, etc. Preference of nvidia gpus with evga because of the experience I've had with their warranty service. He wants something that will last long term other than upgrading the gpu when need be. Already have peripherals such as speakers/mouse/keyboard/monitor
 

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Two choices:

1) You can go with an X99 chipset (socket 2011-v3) so that you can run high-end 6 and 8-core CPU's. This will give you far better multi-threaded performance.

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2) You can go with Skylake which is more of a consumer platform but still powerful. Skylake is limited to 4 cores + 4 threads.

If you go with option #1, you will need to use the i7-5820k since it goes for about $380. The other CPU's for X99 are much more expensive ($500-$1000) which isn't in your budget. The 5820k is 6 cores + 6 threads (3.3 Ghz). It's a good value.

If you go Skylake, the i7-6700k is about $330 right now. So, it's about $50 cheaper than the 5820k. It has a higher overall clockspeed and better clock for clock performance. However, it has 4 cores vs. the 6 cores of the 5820k. If you are running apps that don't need more than 4 cores then Skylake will outperform the 5820k. However, when it comes to things like video rendering (or any app that can max 6 cores and 6 threads), the 5820k will beat it by a good margin. The 5820k has 15MB of L3 cache as opposed to the Skylake's 8MB.

I am not an engineer, so I don't know how demanding CAD is or whether it requires highly parallel computing (lots of cores). If it is demanding and if it does benefit from more cores and threads, then I would go with the 5820K and X99. I bet you could put a system together for $1200.
 

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Originally Posted by thiussat View Post

Two choices:

1) You can go with an X99 chipset (socket 2011-v3) so that you can run high-end 6 and 8-core CPU's. This will give you far better multi-threaded performance.

or

2) You can go with Skylake which is more of a consumer platform but still powerful. Skylake is limited to 4 cores + 4 threads.

If you go with option #1, you will need to use the i7-5820k since it goes for about $380. The other CPU's for X99 are much more expensive ($500-$1000) which isn't in your budget. The 5820k is 6 cores + 6 threads (3.3 Ghz). It's a good value.

If you go Skylake, the i7-6700k is about $330 right now. So, it's about $50 cheaper than the 5820k. It has a higher overall clockspeed and better clock for clock performance. However, it has 4 cores vs. the 6 cores of the 5820k. If you are running apps that don't need more than 4 cores then Skylake will outperform the 5820k. However, when it comes to things like video rendering (or any app that can max 6 cores and 6 threads), the 5820k will beat it by a good margin. The 5820k has 15MB of L3 cache as opposed to the Skylake's 8MB.

I am not an engineer, so I don't know how demanding CAD is or whether it requires highly parallel computing (lots of cores). If it is demanding and if it does benefit from more cores and threads, then I would go with the 5820K and X99. I bet you could put a system together for $1200.
He's talking about the currency, Canadian dollars(CAD), not 3D design. It would be near impossible to do an X99 build for 1200CAD as a 5820K is 520CAD already.

Here's my build. Do note, I put in the 970 as a placeholder, I would seriously recommend waiting for the 1070 as it will probably be similarly priced but a lot faster.(left a bit in the budget to compensate for the possibly slightly higher price.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($235.00 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($119.55 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($82.08 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($114.98 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1161.45
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-18 17:25 EDT-0400
 
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