Budget CAD Workstation based on GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 3.3) Tags: New Build Systems Last response: February 9, 2010 5:47 PM in Systems Share richard8654 February 3, 2010 7:37:38 PM Hi. I'm on a budget of say £150 ($300) max. Not very PC literate. I was gifted a Pentium 4 (Prescott 530j single core) runs at 3Ghz. I've bought a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3. http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product... I don't need a HDD. I don't need a cabinet. I don't need a CDROM drive. I need a PSU. I need, say, 2GB or 4GB memory to start with. I need a video card (PCI-E x 16 socket). Any ideas of what might be in the ballpark, considering my budget? Are we talking something like?: PSU: EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ Video Card: ATI 100-505564 FirePro V3700 256MB PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card (Mmm: I've only PCI-E x16! Bit of a limitation I think.) I'm in UK. Thanks. More about : budget cad workstation based 965p ds3 rev Proximon February 3, 2010 11:07:06 PM You chose a very old chipset.... I'm not sure why they are even making this any more. A more modern motherboard might have been better... Say a mATX such as: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161966 Your gifted CPU is not much anymore. Not really worth buying a MB for it actually. ANY CPU you purchase now will beat it in speed.... especially for your apps. You need a dual core at least, more than you need 4GB of expensive RAM. Return your board and do this: Athlon X2 245 http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-athlon-ii-x2-245-2-9gh... ASUS 780G board http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-am2--amd-780g-matx-dd... Corsair CX400W http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-am2--amd-780g-matx-dd... (or your EA380 is fine too) 2GB Corsair 800Mhz RAM http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-2gb-ddr2--8... Then use the onboard graphics for CAD until you can afford more RAM and a better video card. richard8654 February 9, 2010 5:47:15 PM Ill keep the board for now. Eventually I bought a dio core E2180 CPU. So, I have a half decent set-up so far. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumGIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 Rev . 3.3 - compatable RAM? ForumC2D E4300 GA965P-DS3 v 3.3 F10 temps Forum3D CAD Workstation Compatibility Check and Advice ForumA powerful workstation design looking for a few good man! ForumUrgent Help from the CAD crowd (Building a Workstation ). ForumBuilding A Quality Digital Audio Workstation ForumFirst Timer: Building CG Workstation Budget $2400 Forumhigh-end workstation ForumNew Computer for 800-1000$ CAD Forum3D workstation - First Timer Step-by-Step ForumBestConfigs: High-End Workstation ForumHigh-End personal Workstation Guidance ForumBest cad machine of Doom? Forum$1000 CAD Gaming/Work PC ForumWhich of these computers is better? ForumAdvice for New Build from Scratch 1200 budget Forum[Solved] Need advice! budget 2000-2500, gaming rig ForumBudget $700 Gaming PC ForumCAD system ForumUpgrade or rebuild? Gaming PC - Budget Flexible More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !