39 months ago
I'd like someone to take a thorough look at the fourth revision of my planned upgrade. This will be my second build.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor||$229.00 @ B&H|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler||$59.99 @ B&H|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste||$11.99 @ Newegg|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard||$57.76 @ Amazon|
|Memory||Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory||$59.99 @ Newegg|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||$76.77 @ Amazon|
|Video Card||PNY GeForce GTX 960 2GB XLR8 Elite OC Video Card||$183.98 @ Newegg|
|Case||Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case||$29.99 @ Newegg|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply||$64.99 @ B&H|
|Optical Drive||Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer||Purchased For $0.00|
|Monitor||Acer H236HLbid 23.0" 60Hz Monitor||$129.99 @ B&H|
|Other||Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 32/64-bit (English) - Microsoft Imagine||$0.00|
|Other||Samsung 250GB 750 EVO||$69.99|
|Other||Autodesk 3DS Max 2014 - Student Edition||Purchased For $0.00|
|Other||Kerbal Space Program||Purchased|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts|
|Total (before mail-in rebates)||$994.44|
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-09-16 16:27 EDT-0400|
I don't really know what I'm doing wrong with the budget, but the closer to $800 the better.
Priorities, in order:
- Mid-low maintenance for 4 years; ideally, this will last me through college
- Potentially run CAD software
- Average 60 FPS in Space Engineers in space, mid-high graphics settings or better.
- Average 30 FPS, minimum 20 FPS in Space Engineers on planets, mid-high graphics settings or better. Periodic framerate drops acceptable.
- Run KSP in realtime [1 physics engine second == 1 real world second].
- Rendering with Autodesk 3DS Max [NVIDIA mentalray, which uses CPU, or NVIDIA iray, which uses a CUDA-equipped GPU]
Both games will be modded. I love me some modding.
Part reasons: (please tell me how my choices are good/not so good/bad)
- CPU: Better performance than the non-overclockable version. May overclock someday.
- CPU Cooler: It's supposed to be very quiet, and should serve me well if I want to overclock. As far as I know, the colder you can keep your CPU, the longer it will last.
- Thermal paste: Supposedly this stuff is all the rage.
- MOBO: My needs are simple. This was cheap and has good reviews.
- Storage: Combination SSD for boot + important programs and HDD for mass storage.
- Memory: DDR4 RAM, and fast. Bonus points for being red.
- Video card: Haz me some CUDA cores for rendering and meets the recommended requirements for all the games that I want to play on it. Cheaper (barely) than an R9 380 and ~$50 cheaper than the supposedly equivalent RX 480.
- Case: Has filters. I should be able to set this up with positive pressure.
- Power Supply: Fully modular.
- Optical drive: I already own it and it has it's uses, so why not?
- Monitor: Supposedly a really good monitor. 1920x1080 + IPS.
- OS: Windows 7, free courtesy of Microsoft Imagine. Yay for student discounts? Possibly to be dual-booted with Linux.
As this is a learning experience for me, please do not post part lists without an explanation of the choices you made and why you made them.