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want to build a new rig

285 13 December 11, 2017 at 11:24 PM
Main Usage:
1. FEA analysis (medium level), 3D modeling in BIM (Building information modeling)
2. Play game (not hardcore), watch video (H265), maybe 4k video.
3. I don't need overclocking and I need only one video card.

Existing components (maybe I don't need to upgrade)
1. HDD: 4 SSD and 2 traditional HDD
2. Video card: Gigabytes GV-N970IXOC-4GD (Does it support 2k or 4k monitor?)
3. Case: Antec P180
4. PSU: Antec earthwatts 500W

I'm considering either go with Intel (7th gen or 8th gen) or with AMD Ryzen.

I need CPU, CPU cooler, motherboard, memory, PSU and a decent 2k or 4k monitor.

Please give me some recommendations for these parts.


CPU: i7-8700k
MB: tom's hardware has good review for ASRock Z370 Taichi and EVGA Z370 FTW (I prefer FTW but it's not available yet), any idea?



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youtube and your colleages are also good recources, as to what works best for your specific use.

keep a spreadsheet, so you can keep up with the total cost of components, that helps with budgeting.

start shopping for parts prices, so you'll know when to pull that purchase trigger when a deal pops up.

Set Deal Alerts (top of each SD page), be sure to tweak it!

do report back and let us know when it is done! gl ^^
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In all honesty (and I know there will be many here who will argue the opposite), you are likely never going to get as good a deal building your own desktop as you would be going with a decent Dell from the Dell Outlet when they have a sale (like the XPS 8900 models). You simply will not be able to compete on the price points and that is not even factoring in the time, effort, testing, burn in etc. Factor all that in along with the warranty and it is not even close. Yeah you might have to do some customization and add in a new PSU and GPU, but that would very much depend on your needs (and you would have to buy those anyway on a build your own).

That said, from the sound of it based on your reqs, you should get an newer gen i7 processor (no sense messing around with anything less). The 970 is likely fine for your needs. The other components others can speak to.
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I7-7700k ~ $280
Z270 MB depends on your case size & brand preference ~ $120-200
Cryorig H7's are ~$30 & easy to install, stock cooler is fine but ugly.
16GB DDR4 3000, G. Skill Ripjaws V have been on sale lately, I picked up a couple sticks for ~$120 last month
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze EVO Edition 520W ~ $35 AR or the 620 version ~$40 AR
Total = $600-700

I wouldn't go 8th gen yet on a work machine.

Not OCing a K series chip will aggravate some people, but it's price is almost the same & it's base clock is 400Mhz higher than the non k SKU & it gives you the option to OC in the future.

Same argument for the Z270 board. Negligible price difference & more options.

I work in Catia, Inventor, & FIDES. Most of our machines are still running 3rd gen I5's with GTX560's, so you could get away with a lot less if money is an issue. It's a much better experience with the upgraded gear though.

If you get stability issues running the 970, ebay has used Firepro cards for ~$120.

Happy deal hunting.
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