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PC Build for CAD applications $1200 budget

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October 11, 2009 7:47:56 PM

Hey, I've been wanting to build a new machine for a while, I have finally saved up a decent amount, and I need the computer for school starting in January. I've learned a lot about all the components and what the specs mean so far, but my main concern is I don't want to over spend on high-end components I don't really need.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: early next month.

BUDGET RANGE: $1200 CAD, or approximately 1000 USD.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3d Modelling, AutoDesk products (Max, Revit, CAD), Secondary uses - gaming, Movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, sound card, modem.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.tigerdirect.ca, www.newegg.ca, anywhere that ships to Canada(southern Ontario) for a reasonable price.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've been leaning towards Intel products but whatever gets the best performance within my price range will be fine.

OVERCLOCKING: I don't know anything about over clocking but I am certainly willing to learn.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Same as overclocking.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024,)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I have one LCD monitor(VGA, 15") but I would like to have dual monitors So i'll need a new one, at least 17", Doesn't have to be DVI compatible.

As for the case I really like the sleek look of the Apevia X-DREAMER3 Mid Tower Case.

Obviously I want to keep it as cool and quite as possible.

Thanks a lot in advance.

October 18, 2009 5:30:01 AM

Sorry this one fell through the cracks. Do you still need help?
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October 18, 2009 6:05:53 PM

Ya, any help you got for me, I'll take. If you need more info on anything just let me know.

Thanks
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October 18, 2009 10:34:51 PM

Lotta peeps prolly skipped this one as there'a lotta threads w/ almost identical titles of late:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271791-31-1200-small-...

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/266941-31-engineering...
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October 19, 2009 5:18:42 AM

OK I think I can help you out. Let's list in a general way what you need.

In order of priority...

1. A strong quad core processor, preferably an i7.
2. A quality PSU to protect your investment.
3. An adequate gaming card, but not an expensive one.... possibly Nvidia due to program compatibility.

I think the case you chose is adequate, but not terribly high quality. I'll see if I can find something similar.

Combo deal Gigabyte UD2 and i7 860
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

G. skill DDR3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Lian Li case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

OCZ PSU
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

WD Caviar Black 640GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Optical drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Monitor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

That comes to around 1200 I think, but you can probably trim it down at NCIX
http://www.ncix.com/
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October 25, 2009 1:00:16 PM

thanks very much, I had my Local techy friend take a look at your post and he agrees this will be a good build for me to start with.
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