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AutoCAD workstation

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or so


Budget Range: $800-$1200 CDN


System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)


Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Likely at local store (Memory Express)


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Monitor Resolution: min 1280x1024 true colour


Additional Comments: Will either have store build or help from my dad. This is what I've figured on so far (will likely add second GPU in near future):


- Processor: Intel Core™ i7 Processor 950 3.06GHz w/ 8MB Cache

- Mobo: eVGA X58 SLI LE w/ TripleDDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan 1394, PCI-E, 3-way SLI

- Memory: Patriot Extreme Performance Viper II Sector 7 Series DDR3 6GB (3 x 2GB) PC3-12800 Low Latency Kit

- Drive: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache

- GPU: (1) eVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI

- PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA 650W Power Supply w/ Triple +12V

- Case: Whatever fits best, cools well & allows for necessary upgrades

Looking to keep this running 3-4 yrs with necessary upgrades.


Thanks for your answers.
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  1. Best answer
    SOme changes -
    Mobo - Get this one - It is cheaper and better...
    ASUS Sabertooth
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX30387(ME).aspx

    RAM - This one is on sale and is better than the Patriot
    Mushkin
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX26834(ME).aspx

    CASE - Antec 300
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX20934(ME).aspx

    PSU - IMO this would be good if you want to go SLI as this has the required power connectors too
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX26068(ME).aspx

    For your resolution even the 768MB would suffice IMO
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX29652(ME).aspx

    Seagate HDD on sale -
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24082(ME).aspx
  2. Best answer selected by BLT88.
  3. Looks like I'll be building the following,

    Processor:
    Intel i7 950

    Mobo:
    Asus Sabertooth X58

    RAM:
    Kingston ValueRAM 6GB

    HDD:
    Seagate 1TB Barracuda

    DVD:
    LG Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer

    GPU:
    eVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB PCI-E

    PSU: (good call on this one gkay09)
    Corsair HX 650W Modular Power Supply

    Case:
    Antec Three Hundred Versatile Mid Tower Gamer Case


    mosox, the 1055T was a processor I was definently looking at, it is a better value for performance but overall performance goes to the i7 950 for anything under $400 from what I've seen.

    This rig should be good for the next 3-4 yrs, for 3-D rendering, with some upgrades.

    Anyways, thanks again for the responses.
  4. ^ RAM - Better options...Actually that Mushkin that I had linked, was on sale and was pretty cheap, but I guess the price has jumped...
    These are better than that Kingston at the same price range...
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX22565(ME).aspx
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX22567(ME).aspx
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX29669(ME).aspx

    CASE - Even this Antec 200 would do,...
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX25103(ME).aspx
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