Budget CAD Workstation based on GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 3.3)


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.


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.

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  1. 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:

    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

    ASUS 780G board

    Corsair CX400W
    (or your EA380 is fine too)

    2GB Corsair 800Mhz RAM

    Then use the onboard graphics for CAD until you can afford more RAM and a better video card.
  2. Ill keep the board for now. Eventually I bought a dio core E2180 CPU. So, I have a half decent set-up so far.
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