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Old 07-04-2012, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building first computer!

Hi!

I'm a civil engineering student (freshmen) looking for a reliable computer that can last me through college. People have been telling me not to use laptops since they using die pretty quickly so I'm trying to build a computer for college. This is my first time so any comment and suggestions would be appreciated!

So for engineering, I usually use softwares like Matlab, SolidWorks and 3DS MAX. Besides that I also do game design and media productions for fun, so I also use software likes Virtools, DX Studio, Soundbooth, Premiere, After Effects, Dreamweaver, FL Studio, Finale... as for gaming, I do it once in a while, not that into it, but since I have a ps3, that is not a big issue.

I did some reading and research online for a couple weeks, and here's the parts I picked. Just don't know if they are good / compatible.

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103962
AMD FX-6100
$140

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131757
ASUS M5A97 EVO
$135

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 5345-L018C
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) 240 Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
$45

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 148834-L0D
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5” Internal Hard Drive–Bare Drive
$99

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 50561-L09D
XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB
$129

Card Reader:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 3109-L020D
Rosewill RCR-IC002
$10

DVD Burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
$19

Tower:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] llFullInfo
$120

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139020
Corsair Enthusiast Series
650W
$90

Thanks!



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Old 07-04-2012, 10:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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that looks like a great build. just right for what you want to do with it. nice work.

if i had to be picky, i would say no need to get that much room on the hard drive. if you could stretch the budget a bit, get a 60ish gb ssd and a 500 Gb or 1 tb hard drive instead.

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For his particular work area he would want a 2TB.
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