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August 22, 2010 3:50:37 AM

I am about to buy these parts and I would really appreciate it if yall could check it over and let me know if you have any better suggestions.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 1-7 days

BUDGET RANGE:
$750-$820 after shipping and tax including OS

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
This will be used primarily for Internet Explorer and MS Excel, but occasionally I will need to run SolidWorks 2010 with Simulation (AKA COSMOS). Also sometimes I use Dragon Naturally Speaking. If I ever start doing more CAD work I will need to throw down some cash for a workstation graphics card.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have an Antec 300 Mini tower already, also I have keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Im preferential to Intel processors

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Dont know, my dad is giving me his old one. I think its a ViewSonic 17" flatscreen but im not sure

MY CURRENT PARTS LIST (currently at $794) :

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
+
GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
=COMBO DEAL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
+
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
=COMBO DEAL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GV-N220OC-1GI GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Overclocked at 720MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I am fully aware that this is not supported by SW2010. I have worked on unsupported cards in the past and I know what I am getting in to. That being said if you have any better suggestions for a card that supports openGL for around $80, I would love to see it.

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222L LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

After tax and shipping these parts come to $794, which is right on target.

Any suggestions/tips are greatly appreciated.
August 22, 2010 6:30:35 AM

Some suggestions -
i5 760 + OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte P55A-UD3 + GSKillz 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Samsung F3 500GB + OCZ 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD - Get a SATA drive - smaller cable, less clutter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card - well with the above changes, you can get this card in your budget...
FirePro V3800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But take a look at this thread...
http://boards.core77.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=22032
August 22, 2010 3:46:54 PM

Thanks gkay!

Somehow I missed the RAM+MB combo you found. I like what you put together.

I didn't pay much attention to the DVD drive, I just grabbed one that was cheap and popular, good catch.

Ill have to think about what to do about the video card, looks like Ill have to choose between a little stability + realview or $40. Im kind of leaning toward the $40 right now.

Thanks!
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August 22, 2010 7:05:16 PM

gkay09 said:
Some suggestions -
i5 760 + OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte P55A-UD3 + GSKillz 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Samsung F3 500GB + OCZ 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD - Get a SATA drive - smaller cable, less clutter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card - well with the above changes, you can get this card in your budget...
FirePro V3800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But take a look at this thread...
http://boards.core77.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=22032


I ran the numbers on this configuration and it actually came out to be $762 before tax and $820 after tax.

My original configuration comes to $756 before tax and #804 after tax. The reason for this is because if I get the HD, Graphics Card and the OS from Amazon.com, i dont have to pay tax on them and also the HD is $10 cheaper at Amazon.
August 23, 2010 3:59:18 AM

^ Hmm as for the graphics card, like you said in your original post, if you start doing more CAD work, get the workstation card then...

As for Amazon's price, even they combos , so see if any works for you...
August 23, 2010 7:50:39 PM

Motive_Force said:
I ran the numbers on this configuration and it actually came out to be $762 before tax and $820 after tax.

My original configuration comes to $756 before tax and #804 after tax. The reason for this is because if I get the HD, Graphics Card and the OS from Amazon.com, i dont have to pay tax on them and also the HD is $10 cheaper at Amazon.


Buy a Quadro FX580 VGA card, even a second hand one ( FX580 or FX1700 ) will make you run Solidworks without any problems for at least 3 years.

Regards,

!