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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP (Current home computer crashed) BUDGET RANGE: ~$500-~$900 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: SolidWorks 2010, Autodesk 2010, Quick Books, Internet Surfing, some video editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Doesn't matter

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Unsure of what resolution I will be running and I don't remember what resolution I was running and cannot check due to death of computer. Have 19" monitor that I will be reusing and possibly upgrading to 24" in the future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like to run Windows 7 64-bit ultimate as the OS.

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The following is a list of the parts that I have already researched and selected. Would like feedback on my selections. Since I am new to this any advice would be greatly appreciated.

MOTHERBOARD/CPU COMBO:

Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394&Tpk=N82E16813128394

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&Tpk=N82E16819103808

Combo Price: $214.98 Free Shipping

RAM MEMORY:

Patriot Viper II 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220426&Tpk=N82e16820220426

Two of these for total of 8GB Ram price: $109.99 ea Free Shipping

VIDEO CARD:

PNY VCQFX380LP-PCIE-PB Quadro FX 380 512MB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Workstation Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133307&Tpk=n82e16814133307

Cost: $119.99 plus $6.98 Shipping

PSU:

Diablotek PHD Series PHD450 450W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822002&Tpk=n82e16817822002

Cost: $34.99 pluss $5.99 Shipping

HARD DRIVE:

Hitachi Deskstar HD31000 IDK/7K (0S00163) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145287&Tpk=n82e16822145287

Cost: $79.99 Free Shipping

DVD BURNER:

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136144&Tpk=n82e16827136144

Cost: $22.99 Free Shipping

DVD ROM:

ASUS DVD-E818A4/BLK/B/GEN Black 18X IDE DVD-ROM Drive - Bulk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135201&Tpk=n82e16827135201

Cost: $17.99 plus $6.98 Shipping

CASE:

RAIDMAX Hurricane ATX-248WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156237&Tpk=n82e16811156237

Cost: $39.99 Free Shipping


The total cost of this system came to $770.85

I want to make sure that I am not overlooking anything. Like I said, this is my first build.

Any comments/suggestions are welcome and greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time and your assistance.
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  1. Best answer
    RAM (DDR3):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211364


    Mobo (ATX and AM3)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128431

    If you have a DVD-RW you won't need a DVD ROM.

    I don't know about that PSU, this one is cheap and better:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104953
  2. mosox said:
    RAM (DDR3):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211364


    Mobo (ATX and AM3)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128431

    If you have a DVD-RW you won't need a DVD ROM.

    I don't know about that PSU, this one is cheap and better:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104953



    I like your recommendations for the motherboard and the RAM but the PSU that your recommended doesn't have the 8-pin CPU power connector that the motherboards both the one you recommended and the one that I had originally selected require. Am I correct in this or is there something that I am overlooking?

    Thanks for your recommendations.
  3. No problem, it's done like this with no bad effects:

    http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/4pinin8.jpg

    But you can buy that one, a bit more expensive and very good:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008

    Maybe you should try with 6G of RAM first, I know those appl like RAM but 8G might be overkill. You can get 3 Of those and add later only if necessary (I doubt it). You can add to the RAM but not to the video card:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211450

    This would free some $$ for a better video card:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133273&cm_re=nvidia_Quadro-_-14-133-273-_-Product

    This case has better cooling

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815001

    Also some other ones in the same price range I picked one with a window like yours above.
  4. mosox said:
    No problem, it's done like this with no bad effects:

    http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/4pinin8.jpg

    But you can buy that one, a bit more expensive and very good:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008

    Maybe you should try with 6G of RAM first, I know those appl like RAM but 8G might be overkill. You can get 3 Of those and add later only if necessary (I doubt it). You can add to the RAM but not to the video card:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211450

    This would free some $$ for a better video card:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133273&cm_re=nvidia_Quadro-_-14-133-273-_-Product

    This case has better cooling

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815001

    Also some other ones in the same price range I picked one with a window like yours above.



    Is this all of the components that I need to build a system?
  5. Yep. Mobo+CPU+RAM+HDD+DVDRW+Video card+PSU+Case
  6. mosox said:
    Yep. Mobo+CPU+RAM+HDD+DVDRW+Video card+PSU+Case



    Thanks for all of your assistance.
  7. How did you like your build? I am also looking to build a cad machine sw2010 and would like to know if you are happy with the speed of the system. Do you do any analysis or large or complex assemblies.

    Thanks
  8. tritonofg said:
    How did you like your build? I am also looking to build a cad machine sw2010 and would like to know if you are happy with the speed of the system. Do you do any analysis or large or complex assemblies.

    Thanks



    The components are enroute right now. As soon as I get everything up and running and all programs installed I will update you as to how it works. You can check the final component list at the following link:

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=19014408
  9. Best answer selected by havocs6977.
  10. tritonofg said:
    How did you like your build? I am also looking to build a cad machine sw2010 and would like to know if you are happy with the speed of the system. Do you do any analysis or large or complex assemblies.

    Thanks


    My computer is now up and running. I am extremely satisfied with the performance. I have worked on assemblies containing up to 500+ components with very little bogging down. I have not had a chance to play with any of the analysis functions yet but I do not foresee any problem running them. About the only areas I would spend more money on if I had it would be more RAM (12 GB) and a SSD Drive to put my OS and applications on.

    Hope this helps.
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