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[Build Ready] Gaming / CAD build

The motherboard in my 7-year-old laptop, the main computer at my apartment (where I spend a little over half of my time), has started to die on me. The downside of this is that I have to spend the money to build a new computer now. The upside of this is that I get to build a new computer now!

Since I'm not going to bother with a laptop of this size (15") again, I'm building a computer that will actually allow me to play games and do CAD homework. This new one will really be very similar to the gaming computer I built for myself at my parents' house (where I spend the other part of my time) about three years ago. It still plays any game I throw at it on high or ultra high video settings, and has never so much as stuttered doing anything else, so I'm sure this new computer will be more than powerful enough for the time being. Later on I'll add a second monitor (very, very soon), upgrade the GPU, and double the RAM.

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $252.29)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For $31.24)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.SNIPER H6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $109.99)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $50.99)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $89.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $94.99)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $121.49)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $110.50)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $70.00)
Power Supply: Rosewill 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $73.98)
Optical Drive: LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $58.95)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor (Purchased For $99.99)
Other: Rosewill 2-Port USB 3.0 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub eSATA Multi-In-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 3.0 Connector (Purchased For $24.99)
Total: $1189.39
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-03 17:29 EDT-0400

My dad is going to cut a window in the side panel of the case very similar to the windowed side panel you used to be able to buy for it (which I have in my gaming computer at home), and I'm going to have the case painted, though I haven't decided whether to choose green or the same color blue my other case is. Everything has been ordered and should arrive this week, but I'll have to wait until the case is finished to actually build the computer.

Questions and comments are welcome! I know the community isn't very large yet, but I thought I'd post this here in case it might give a future builder ideas.

4 years ago by Teakay

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