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Building work computer, budget $400, Main use CAD

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March 8, 2011 1:27:17 PM

Hi guys everyone here was very helpful in my previous build so it would be great if I could get your input on a new build.

My boss asked me to build a computer that we could use for running AutoCad, which I'll be using for 2D and 3D designing.

Here are the requirements for AutoCAD

# 2 GB RAM
# 1.8 GB free disk space for installation
# 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Microsoft® Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card
# Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 3 GHz or greater; or Intel or AMD dual-core processor, 2 GHz or greater

We have a case, and storage and a 500w new PSU already. So he gave me a ~$400 budget to buy:

A dedicated GPU
and a monitor around 20 + inches

After doing some research and surfing Newegg, I created a list of my current choices:

GIGABYTE GA-P43T-ES3G LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard $77.99

Intel Pentium E5800 Wolfdale 3.2GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E5800 $76.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $49.99

Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $64.99 ($15.00 Savings)

ASUS VW224T Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 5000 :1 (ASCR) Built-in Speakers $149.99 ($20.00 savings)

My total with these selections are $421.95

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for your help,


March 8, 2011 1:28:24 PM

Do u happen to live near a microcenter?
March 8, 2011 7:59:31 PM

batuchka said:
Do u happen to live near a microcenter?

Yea there is one about a half hour away.

And for my video card I just switched it out for a:

GIGABYTE GV-R567D3-1GI Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

It's slightly more expensive ($5) its ok, my boss prefers ATI
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March 9, 2011 8:29:56 AM

In that case

Items off Microcenter

965BE + Gigabyte 760G $149.99

Items off Egg

A-Data DDR3 1600 2 X 2 $48 Free Ship

22" LCD $139.99 Free Ship

1GB HD 4850 $46 AR and after coupon, Free Ship

$384 in total

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March 9, 2011 12:59:58 PM

I like your recommendations and I'm sticking with your selection of GPU, and I liked the memory you optioned but it's sold out at newegg, so that stinks. I'm gonna take a trip to microcenter and see if I can find some discounts.

Thanks for your help, I appreciate it!

March 9, 2011 1:05:29 PM

Yep u are welcomed ^^