Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Extreme budget CAD build

Last response: in Systems
April 8, 2011 5:16:08 PM

So a friend asked me to look into a budget CAD machine for him.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: CAD (Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor) and web surfing

Parts Not Required: none, need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: US&A

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Whatever fits in the budget

Additional Comments:
April 8, 2011 5:53:56 PM

At a minimum you will need:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 => $100
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB => $65
Windows 7 64-bit => $100
Antec 650w PSU => $80
Antec Three Hundred Case => $55

$500 just isn't goint to cut it. The above is right at $400, and the remaining budget won't get you enough hardware to make a CAD workstation worth sitting at.... Still need the motherboard, CPU, graphics card, keyboard, mouse and monitor. Can this budget be expanded?