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Need a low end system for AUTOCAD that is easily upgradable

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September 27, 2013 7:40:02 AM

Good day fellow tomshardware people. I need a low end system for AUTOCAD that is easily upgradable for my uncle. I was thinking of this build. I need your input. :) 

His budget is around 18,000 PHP or around $400 I think.
Are there any better alternatives?


Processor: AMD a10 6800k
Mobo: FM2 Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H
Graphics card: (APU)
Memory: Gskill Ripjaws X 8GB 4gbx2 DDR3 2133 CL9
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB

Case and power supply have to be generic for the time being as he can't afford to go all out.

Then for his next upgrade, I plan to buy a corsair cx series power supply and a gtx 650ti or 7870xt for the video card so he can do 3d works?

About the memory, is it ok if I go with the crucial sport ddr3 1600mhz 8gb single stick? It is considerably cheaper. he keeps mentioning he needs 8gb ram. :) 

What do you guys think?
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September 27, 2013 7:48:51 AM

If you plan on an upgrade buy a good power supply now.

You are better off using two sticks of memory since it is dual channel, look for 2 x 4GB.
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September 27, 2013 8:15:37 AM

That system will struggle with AutocAD. 2D and 3D AutoCAD works just fine with nVidia GFX, lkess so W/ AMD. Any 3D renering will warrant a workstation type card.

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September 27, 2013 8:22:57 AM

I'd save a bit of money on the memory and just get regular branded RAM rather than gaming memory (unless there's no saving like when I bought 4GB of Patriot Viper III with 7-7-7-20 timings for less than the price of Corsair ValueRAM a few years ago) as the difference in performance between regular RAM with bog-standard JEDEC timings and "gaming" RAM with super-extreme holy-cow timings is virtually nil in real-world applications. (I upgraded from the Patriot RAM to 16GB of normal-speed ECC memory from Crucial and have been unable to measure any negative impact on performance in CAD applications.)

Put the saving toward a good quality power supply as RealBeast suggested. They may have a bit of a boring image compared to CPUs and RAM but the PSU is the heart of the system and can make or break (literally) the rest of the system. You don't have to spend a fortune on a crazy 1200W beast with flashing LEDs and fresh coffee on tap (or whatever) - an entry-level unit from a reputable brand such as Corsair or Antec will do the job just fine and be safe and reliable (which isn't always the case with cheap generic ones).

Stephen
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September 27, 2013 9:30:50 PM

RealBeast said:
If you plan on an upgrade buy a good power supply now.

You are better off using two sticks of memory since it is dual channel, look for 2 x 4GB.


Yeah so should I go with the 1,600mhz or the full 2133mhz? Or does it even matter?
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September 27, 2013 9:33:27 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
That system will struggle with AutocAD. 2D and 3D AutoCAD works just fine with nVidia GFX, lkess so W/ AMD. Any 3D renering will warrant a workstation type card.



Yes, this I know, but his budget is so tight as of now it is so hard to balance. I guess I knew from the start that Nvidia was the way to go because of them cuda cores.
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September 27, 2013 9:36:06 PM

molletts said:
I'd save a bit of money on the memory and just get regular branded RAM rather than gaming memory (unless there's no saving like when I bought 4GB of Patriot Viper III with 7-7-7-20 timings for less than the price of Corsair ValueRAM a few years ago) as the difference in performance between regular RAM with bog-standard JEDEC timings and "gaming" RAM with super-extreme holy-cow timings is virtually nil in real-world applications. (I upgraded from the Patriot RAM to 16GB of normal-speed ECC memory from Crucial and have been unable to measure any negative impact on performance in CAD applications.)

Put the saving toward a good quality power supply as RealBeast suggested. They may have a bit of a boring image compared to CPUs and RAM but the PSU is the heart of the system and can make or break (literally) the rest of the system. You don't have to spend a fortune on a crazy 1200W beast with flashing LEDs and fresh coffee on tap (or whatever) - an entry-level unit from a reputable brand such as Corsair or Antec will do the job just fine and be safe and reliable (which isn't always the case with cheap generic ones).

Stephen


I had set my eyes on crucial sport 2x4gb sticks, but I think I read some where that "The APU's work better with faster RAM"
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September 28, 2013 7:42:48 AM

ryan24k7 said:
RealBeast said:
If you plan on an upgrade buy a good power supply now.

You are better off using two sticks of memory since it is dual channel, look for 2 x 4GB.


Yeah so should I go with the 1,600mhz or the full 2133mhz? Or does it even matter?
It doesn't matter a lot, if the prices are similar I would use the faster memory.

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