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December 28, 2009 12:06:25 AM

Hey I'm trying to put together a nice computer to run some minor CAD (Solidworks,Matlab) but mostly blu-ray watching/burning and other multimedia. I had another thread where I wanted to go with a i7 but found out that was way to expensive. Budget is about $1,000 give or take. Also, I have a 23" Acer monitor with HDMI in so if change the card I want it to have HDMI out.

Here's what I'm looking at so far:

CPU/Mobo Combo

INTEL BX80605I5750 I5 2.66 GHz Socket 1156 1MB Desktop Processor Retail
ASUS P7P55D LE Intel P55 Core i5/i7 Socket 1156 PC3-16000 (DDR3-2000) ATX Motherboard Retail

HIS H575Q1GD Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card Retail

Blu-Ray Burner
LG Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk Model WH08LS20K - OEM

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT - Retail

Imation M-Class 27510 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail AND Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Grand Total: $1,068.88 (if I added it right)

First of all will everything work together?
Is the PSU big enough?
The HIS says it supports OpenGL 3.0 so does that mean it will work with Solidworks better?
Or should I get a cheaper card?
Is that SSD any good? I have an external 1.5TB for anything that I don't use that much or don't need it(movies/music).
I don't know much about what RAM I should get... probably stick with 4GB until I can get some more money to add more

Thanks for all the help in advance guys!!

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December 28, 2009 5:29:55 AM

Alright well I've read a couple reviews and have refined my list... Does this look any better? I splurged for the Intel SSD and found a cheaper card that should work... Also got a bigger PSU and different RAM.

Any comment is appreciated

Final List

Please help me with this!!!
December 28, 2009 6:43:38 AM

no one can see your shopping cart but you... but your first post looks like a really solid build, nothing bad to say against it

edit: tho the only thing i know about ssd's is that i want one
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December 28, 2009 6:57:17 AM

Alright so I went ahead an ordered the whole mess...I changed some more stuff for the better I think:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail

PNY VCGGT2201XEB-S GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail

Optical Drive
LG Black 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA Model WH08LS20K - OEM

GIGABYTE gz-ph2a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail

Grand Total: $1,185.33

Any comments? I got a cheaper card because all I really need is HDCP compliant, OpenGL support, and HDMI out...I don't game and if I do I don't need the highest settings
December 28, 2009 9:48:30 AM

^ If you wont game, then the GT 220 is fine...but you should have got the DDR3 version and not DDR2...For a low powered card like the GT 220, it wont utilize the full 1GB an also DDR2 will be slower to access...

but for the graphics card, the HD 4670 would be a better option...

And why do you need that costly mobo ? I dont see the need for that...
IMO this would suffice...And this has USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s support too...

PSU - 550W is not requires for you setup...
A Corsair 450VX or even a Corsair 400CX would suffice...These can handle even HD 5770/ GTS 250

RAM - These low power ones will be good...