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Opinions wanted - new workstation / gaming build

Raamasaur
  • 72 months ago

My friend recently bought parts for a computer he was building and i helped him put it together and set it up. So this isn't my first build. However, this is the first time I have actually selected my own parts, so i would like a couple opinions before i start buying pieces.

My needs: I recently graduated from college as a civil engineer and started my first salary job. In college along i was required to download and run a couple 2D and 3D CAD and modelling programs which took a toll on my laptop. So I'm looking for a build that can handle all these programs and run this smoothly. In my free time I enjoy gaming. Not casual but also not hardcore. Some of my preferred games include League of Legends, Elder Scrolls Online, Battlefield 4, and a couple more. So i would also like a build that supports gaming. It doesn't necessarily have to run all these games at 5000 frames uber speed or anything, just solid enough to keep frames visually appealing at high graphics.

Other needs: You never know what new programs will come up in the future or what new modelling i will have to do, so i would like this build to be future-proof / upgradeable in the future. I already have one monitor, but I will eventually hook up a second monitor. Do not need to overclock.

So here is my current build: Current Build

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.98 @ SuperBiiz)

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ TigerDirect)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $851.84

Explanation:

CPU: Read that this intel Xeon is the perfect CPU to run both a solid workstation and also gaming rigs but focuses more on workstation. I know how important the CPU is so I'm not worried about spending a little money on this.

Motherboard: Not too sure about this one. Read online reviews that this is the best motherboard for the price and has enough slots for all my current needs

Memory: Corsair Vengeance is a great RAM, and the 8GB should be enough at the moment to handle everything I need. Even if i need more RAM i will just buy another one of these down the road.

Storage: SSD for boot. 1TB 3.5" for storage

Video Card: Gigabyte 760 2GB Windforce. Cant go wrong with this one. Gaming or workstation. Also not too worried about spending a little bit more money in this department.

Case: More of a preference thing. Just like it. Best looking case for under 100. Also want a window.

Power Supply: Can't decide on this one. Would like some opinions.

Drive: standard read/write

Speakers, Monitors, OS, Mouse, Keyboard: Already have these things.

Also i am trying to keep this build in the 900-950 range with a black/white theme xD.

All opinions and suggestions welcome. Thanks

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Anyone?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

If you add a little more you can get a much better GPU and I've added a PSU.

The rest looks fine however I don't know about the cooling.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vPqbCJ

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the post. Not sure if I need cooling for this build or not.

Also, do you think 550W is enough to support this build and slight upgrades In the future?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

he actually gave you a 450w PSU.. That is far from being good enough. Get yourself a 600W with a single 12A Rail.

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

most people say to stay away from seagate as their drives have bad warrenties and they fail. Get a WD they are much more reliable.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm probably gonna have to go with at least a 600w psy. I'm going to take a look at some non Seagate hds. Does anyone have an opinion if I would need a different CPU cooler or if the stock cooler that comes with the Xeon should be fine

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

stock coolers are always fine my friend.

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