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$600-700 computer for 2013

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zantaff, Dec 31, 2012.

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  1. zantaff

    zantaff Thread Starter

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    I'm building my first computer from scratch and have been looking at the myriad of options for a few days now.
    I do have a budget, but was also looking to make a computer could last a few years - finish me thru college and beyond.
    I'm looking to build a machine for $600-$700 so that leaves about $250 for CPU, $150 for mobo, $250 for everything else.
    This PC will mainly be used for gaming, CAD & Adobe software.

    What I'm currently thinking of buying:
    i5 3570K
    ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
    Radeon HD 7770 -or- GeForce GTX 650 Ti

    I've heard GREAT reviews about the i5-3570K but was wondering if it would be worth the extra ca$h to upgrade to an i7 with a slightly higher price range, such as the i7 3820, 2600k, or 2700K.


    CPU+Mobo combinations would help too.
    I'd like to get a good combo, without being extreme, for I know that the CPU & mobo are the hardest parts to "upgrade" when RAM and GPU's are much simpler.


    My main question: "Will the price difference extend the computer's usable life a few years, or just a few months?"
     
  2. loserOlimbs

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    How much CAD?

    If you are going to be using CAD heavily, you probably would want to step up to a professional GPU.
     
  3. zantaff

    zantaff Thread Starter

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    I'm currently studying architecture, so to get more specific, I will be (an am) using it for: 3DS Max, almost all the Adobe products & BIM software such as Auto CAD, & Revit.
     
  4. loserOlimbs

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    Then I would say look at a Firepro or Quattro card instead of the desktop cards.
     
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