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November 28, 2006 9:16:20 PM

My dad's looking to move beyond his five-year-old budget Dell and wants me to build him a PC. The only thing he wants to do with it (aside from basic activities like web-browsing, card games, word processing, etc) is CAD. I've been thinking something along these lines might work:

[*:383e18b8b5]Rosewill R6A34-BK 0.8mm SECC 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
[*:383e18b8b5]FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN, RoHS, 12cm FAN, version 2.0, 2 SATA, 20+ 4 pin, PCI Express, 400W Power Supply
[*:383e18b8b5]Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3808110AS 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
[*:383e18b8b5]LG Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI Super-Multi DVD Burner
[*:383e18b8b5]NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model FD1231H-302
[*:383e18b8b5]GIGABYTE GA-965G-DS3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
[*:383e18b8b5]A-DATA Vitesta 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit System Memory
[*:383e18b8b5]Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor

All of his CAD is software-rendered, so I saw little need to go with a dedicated graphics card (though he should be able to upgrade easily if he wants to later). That's also why I picked that CPU. Any alternate suggestions or does this all look okay?

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November 29, 2006 12:06:07 AM

Drop to an E6400 and get 2GB of RAM. Easily overclock the CPU to 6600 speeds.
November 29, 2006 12:49:21 AM

Yeah... my dad considers overclocking evil (I've been trying to reason with him, but he's being difficult). I'll recommend the 2GB's of RAM to him though. :lol: 
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November 29, 2006 10:02:59 AM

What does CAD really demand, i believe its the processor so yeah you better get the E6600. You could get 1 stick now and get the other later if youve got a tight budget.
November 29, 2006 11:00:40 AM

Surprised no has commented on the power supply as yet. I haven't heard of that brand(I'm from Ireland remember) but many people will recommend a Antec PSU.
November 29, 2006 11:32:23 AM

That's good to know, thanks.
November 29, 2006 12:06:22 PM

Minor Correction - it's FORTRON not FORTUNE. Easy mistake to make.

I really like my FSP power supply - though any solid name brand should suffice for your father. If you ever intend to put in a huge power hungry graphics card such as the 8800 you will want to choose the PS very carefully - however it doesn't seem like that will ever be the case.

November 29, 2006 1:09:17 PM

For CAD work, I would definitely suggest lots of memory. And in any case, you want to install in equal pairs... not one stick at a time. This way you will automatically take advantage of dual channel.

Since you're not overclocking, and you're not going SLI (or even any graphics card, for that matter), consider going w/ a micro ATX mother board and a small form factor case.

Tom's article on small form factor motherboards

Nice SFF case