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PC upgrade, moving to workstation focus

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Budget (including currency): $2000 - $2500 AUD 

Country: Australia

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Hey all, I am a first year aeronautical engineering student, and i am lookeing at upgrading my pc. Up until recently i was thinking of going again with a gaming build just higher spec this time, but ive now decided i dont play enough games to justify it, and my  money would be better spent and utilised on a workstation focused build. I want to be able to run programs like solidworks for cad as well as flow simulations etc, as well at matlab code as well as being alble to have way too many tabs and programs open while working on assignments. i would also like to be able to do some video and photo editing work. I would like to still be able to game on my machine, however ive never been fussed about incredible frame rates or resolutions when gaming anyway... As long as i can comfortably play destiny 2 and similar titles i am happy.


as for storage, i currently have nearly 4tb of hdd storage full on my current machine, of whihc i would be happy to keep as just storage but i would like to also have a large amount of high speed storage in adittion. 


Other details: I am not planning on reusing any old components.

I currently have 3 monitors (1 hdmi, 1 display port and one old one dvi i think) , one wide screen and the other a 1080p, will probably replace the old one with a hdmi 1080p monitor, so running 3 monitors is a must, any recomendations for the monitor situation would also be welcome, as i definetely wouldnt be oposed to upgrading to a cleaner and maybe higher quality setup maybe even just at a later date.

have keyboard and mouse etc dont need that

not too fussed about it looking amazing but would still like something nice. unless theres a case that can be sat to be viewed from the right hand side as then i have space to display but not if its viewed from the left (hopefully that makes sense haha)


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Here look at this: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/JDPv9G

Ouch, I really wasn't aware of these prices and what the AUD is worth.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X - Motherboard: MSI B450 Tomahawk Max - GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Ti - RAM: 16 GB Crucial Ballistix 3600MHz cl16 - PSU: Corsair RMx 650W - Storage: 500 GB Samsung Evo 850 2,5" + 2 TB Samsung Evo 860 M.2 - Cooling: Noctua NH-D15 (CPU) + Raijintek Morpheus II (GPU) - Case: CoolerMaster Mastercase H500 - Fans: Noctua 2x NF-A20 (Front), 1x NF-A14 (Top back), 1x NF-F12 (Back), 2x NF-A12x15 (GPU) - Soundcard: Asus Xonar Essence STX II - Fan Controller: Corsair Commander Pro - OS: Windows 10 Pro - Monitor: AOC AG352UCG6 Secondary Monitor: AOC 24G2 HDR-Gaming-TV: LG C9 OLED 55" - Mouse: Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE Wireless - Keyboard: Corsair K63 Wireless + Lapboard - Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT990 Edition 600 Ohm - Microphone: Antlion ModMic

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700 2.9 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($568.00 @ Shopping Express) 
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler  ($125.00 @ Austin Computers) 
Motherboard: Gigabyte H470 HD3 ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($199.00 @ Shopping Express) 
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($188.93 @ Amazon Australia) 
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($177.41 @ Amazon Australia) 
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB PULSE Video Card  ($662.11 @ Amazon Australia) 
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($150.04 @ Newegg Australia) 
Power Supply: Super Flower Leadex III Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($159.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Total: $2229.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-03 00:27 AEST+1000

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.


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