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Anonymous
December 15, 2013 1:44:04 PM

Hey, guys.

I'm looking to build a PC for light CAD and gaming with a budget of $700. I've got a pretty good idea of what I want, but I don't know what to go for in terms of graphics cards. I've heard that low-mid range AMD cards have more compute than Nividia ones, so I'm leaning towards a Radeon HD 7750 card.

Here's my build so far: Link.

Thanks for your help.

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a c 402 4 Gaming
December 15, 2013 1:51:43 PM

A CX430 won't power that rig. You need minimum of a 500W. For $700 this would be a better rig IMO:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.45 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($177.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $699.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 16:50 EST-0500)

The FX-6350 is the best CPU you can get in the $130 - $140 range and it will be far more powerful than an Intel i3.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 15, 2013 7:38:07 PM

This is just bit over the budget. And I did fit in intel i7 and Ati video card R9 270X 2GB.

Only thing is missing is SSD. Save some and get 128GB SSD to make this much faster build.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-driv...
Sandisk is cheap and good reliable SSD. Fast enough to make sure programs run fast.
There is not much difference with fastst and this. Nothing you can notice by using your build.

If Nvidia card is must then look one :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($195.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $716.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 22:24 EST-0500)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($130.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $738.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 22:30 EST-0500)

Just play around with parts to make sure what you need and what u want.
There is cheaper mobos to make save.
Like this.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($130.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $708.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 22:33 EST-0500)

I think u need more i7 than that much video card. Video card is easy to upgrade. CPU is better be good and fast enough for the job.
And this is.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1...

Good luck with your build :) 

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a c 402 4 Gaming
December 18, 2013 9:36:33 PM

AxlFone said:
I think u need more i7 than that much video card. Video card is easy to upgrade. CPU is better be good and fast enough for the job.
And this is.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1...

Good luck with your build :) 




On a $700 build? Crap I run AutoCAD 2014 on a i5-3450 and it runs everything I need except ultra heavy redraws. I'm planning to get an i7-3820 when I get some free space on my card and a couple of Newegg gift cards for Christmas. :lol: 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 19, 2013 5:02:52 AM

I would probably go with the E3-1230 build, generally CAD programs are CPU intensive and the XEON offers some of the best value out there. For a GPU, see which ones work best with the CAD programs you will use.
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December 19, 2013 7:08:06 AM

You guys are all skipping the $100 for an operating system.....
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a c 402 4 Gaming
December 19, 2013 9:31:20 AM

giantbucket said:
You guys are all skipping the $100 for an operating system.....


OP didn't seem to indicate that was necessary.
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December 19, 2013 10:29:06 AM

g-unit1111 said:
giantbucket said:
You guys are all skipping the $100 for an operating system.....


OP didn't seem to indicate that was necessary.


it's the last item in hit initial build!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate SV35.5 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.25 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $496.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-19 13:28 EST-0500)
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a c 402 4 Gaming
December 19, 2013 10:40:29 AM

giantbucket said:
g-unit1111 said:
giantbucket said:
You guys are all skipping the $100 for an operating system.....


OP didn't seem to indicate that was necessary.


it's the last item in hit initial build!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate SV35.5 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.25 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $496.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-19 13:28 EST-0500)


An i3 for AutoCAD really? You need quad core minimum these days especially if you plan to bring Revit and Solidworks into the mix.

Maybe something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $732.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-19 13:39 EST-0500)

Or:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $678.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-19 13:40 EST-0500)
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