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Engineering Computer

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January 14, 2011 12:04:40 AM

i am looking to build a desktop in the next few month and would like you opinion on components.
i would like to stay AMD based because its cheap and it seems the boards dont change sockets as fast.
i have been looking at the 1055t and plan to overclock sometime in the future but after the initial build so a aftermarket fan will be a later expense. I will be using this for programs like autocad, revit, inventor, solidworks, matlab, and eds max. i will also be playing games like COD and Grand Theft Auto and Crysis. i would like the build to be under $600. i dont need monitor or mouse keyboard speakers.

i plan on adding more ram later as i know i need more.

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2011 12:25:48 AM

YOu could save some by dropping to a quad core, which, currently outperform the 6 core units at same clockspeed due to OS overhead servicing unused cores.

Take the money saved, and bump your video card up to at least a GTX460-1gb of some type....
January 14, 2011 1:03:29 AM

cad like programs love cores over clock speed. i think the hierarchy goes cores ram clock speed
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2011 8:42:46 AM

+1, I've heard something similar. I don't think the vast majority of people need 6 threads, if 4. I can do 80% of what I use my PC for with two threads, but if you're working with CAD or other professional applications, you can't.

I'd look to the i7 2600 if CPU work is that intensive, there isn't much more CPU money can buy, or you'll need for the foreseeable future. I know you'd like to stay AMD, but that SB i7 is an unrivaled number cruncher.
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2011 8:50:55 AM

Haha how ironic your budget is budget build on my site. Anyways, aside from that. I'm not really sure if Autocad is really CPU intensive. If it is anything like Photoshop or Illustrator getting the Hyper 212+ and OCing a bit would be fine and run it smoothly maybe?

What resolution exactly are you going to play on?
January 14, 2011 10:04:42 AM

a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2011 9:55:56 PM

Then the build I chose should be fine, are you going to playing on high settings or medium?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2011 10:20:31 PM

CAD apps can be quite CPU intensive. On that note, depending on which application you're using, they can also take advantage of CUDA, so back to Intel/Nvidia we go! :) 
January 15, 2011 12:25:35 AM

what board/cpu would you recomend. i was thinking gts 450 if i was going the nvidia.
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2011 2:59:33 AM

You should look at the bottom of the page, even without AA the GTS 450 struggles at that resolution. Don't forget they're OC'd cards too. 22 FPS is pretty unplayable, anything below 35 FPS is pretty unplayable since it lags so much. If anything your probably only going to be able to handle those games on low.

BTW That's not generally true, AMD/Nvidia has really no problems in single card form. So getting my build and the DirectCu 460 768mb is really sweet IMO. Plus the DirectCu can OC it pretty well.

As you can see, it's not exactly 1920x1080 but you get the idea. The even with a 1680x1050 monitor the 460 gets 8 more FPS on a larger res than the 450 OC'd at 1600x900. The 460 768mb OC'd gets 32 FPS max at 1680x1050 4AA and the 450 GTS at 1600x900 only gets 24 FPS with 4AA. So I think the 460 would be a better option if you plan to play Crysis on 1080P.

Anyway, the AMD build will still be able to utilize your 460's cuda cores if CAD apps use Cuda. Not every program uses it.

And if you follow my build, with the end result of 550$, you could add 50$ to the CPU budget and get a 925. A quad core, which would be a pretty sweet addition and useful one at that. It wont OC as well as BE CPUs but it'll OC pretty well..