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Home Office / Autocad PC on a budget

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February 23, 2010 2:08:01 AM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $600 Before Rebates - I am trying to keep it as low as possible but will creep up if it is worth it

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Autocad 2010 in 2D only, Autocad Civil 3D 2010 but I only use the 2D features, Excel, Word, Adobe photoshop CS3, outlook. I run a lot of these programs at the same time. One day I might drop a video card in and play a game.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Harddrive - I have a spinpoint f3 500gb, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS - I plan to run Windows 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: maybe Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC



AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for the help


February 23, 2010 2:06:33 PM

Switch the PSU to this to save a bit: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W $50 after rebate.

Get this CPU w/ the same board: X4 620 $181 total. You will want a quad core.

You could probably save a bit on the case by getting an Antec 200 or 300.
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February 23, 2010 4:23:13 PM

thanks for the help.....

I thought about trying to stretch to this

MD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

with the savings on the PSU and case I think I can do it......is it worth it?

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February 23, 2010 4:27:18 PM

Yes. You're using a lot of CPU heavy tasks, so any increase you can get there would be good.
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