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AutoCAD workstation

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November 11, 2010 12:42:05 AM

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 Coreā„¢ 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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November 11, 2010 2:57:16 AM

SOme changes -
Mobo - Get this one - It is cheaper and better...
ASUS Sabertooth

RAM - This one is on sale and is better than the Patriot

CASE - Antec 300

PSU - IMO this would be good if you want to go SLI as this has the required power connectors too

For your resolution even the 768MB would suffice IMO

Seagate HDD on sale -
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November 14, 2010 11:47:15 PM

Best answer selected by BLT88.
November 15, 2010 12:28:47 AM

Looks like I'll be building the following,

Intel i7 950

Asus Sabertooth X58

Kingston ValueRAM 6GB

Seagate 1TB Barracuda

LG Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer

eVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB PCI-E

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

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.

November 15, 2010 2:22:36 AM

^ 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...

CASE - Even this Antec 200 would do,...