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January 28, 2011 8:20:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 Week
Budget Range: $1000 - $1300 with OS
System Usage from Most to Least Important: ProEngineer, Double CAD, ProNest, Office 2007
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
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Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: No preference, just reliable proven parts
Overclocking: No

I’m trying to come up with a CAD workstation build around $1200. Here is a list of components I have put together. I would appreciate any advice I can get on the components (especially the video card). I'm also not sure if the memory is a good choice. It matches the motherboard "DDR3 1600" but the processor's memory controller says "DDR3-1333". Is this a problem?

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

ATI 100-505605 FirePro V5800 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFire Supported Workstation Video Card

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Full

This puts me at $1,272.86. Will these components play nice together? Is this a decent build or should I start over? I would prefer an Intel Quad core, but I'm trying to keep the cost in check.


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January 28, 2011 8:40:54 PM

instead of the 790, I'd get the AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 for $89.99. Its a solid performer, and does 8x/8x crossfire
January 28, 2011 8:47:51 PM

The AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 looks very similar and its cheaper. I like it. Thanks!
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January 28, 2011 10:31:57 PM

slightly more expensive, but your getting a WAY better GPU.

EDIT: RAM is also better,
January 31, 2011 2:47:14 PM

Best answer selected by farley469.