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April 13, 2011 8:31:21 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1,400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 2010 Autodesk Civil 3D, Photoshop CS5, office applications

Parts Not Required: mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The Civil 3D program will be used 99% for 2D applications. This will be used in an office/work setting and multiple programs will be open at the same time. I work for myself so I do not need networking capabilities.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total = $1,500..........a little over budget but hard to find where I want to save.

Thanks for all of the help and for checking on the compatibilities of these parts.

Chris


April 13, 2011 8:56:05 PM

If youre not overclocking you could save money on the Motherboard, PSU and the cooler. If youre not overclocking or going SLI then that motherboard is overkill. Also if youre not overclocking, an aftermarket cooler is massive overkill. The PSU is fine but i think you could get away with 550W if you want to save money. My suggestion would be to forget the motherboard, CPU, PSU and cooler and get these instead:

ASRock H61M-VS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster eXtreme Power Plus 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 13, 2011 11:49:55 PM

thanks for the help and that makes sense.

the only reason I went with a cooler is I was thinking it would produce less noise that the stock fan.

Chris
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April 14, 2011 10:33:28 AM

palmetto7070 said:
thanks for the help and that makes sense.

the only reason I went with a cooler is I was thinking it would produce less noise that the stock fan.

Chris


Fair enough, if youre after a quiet cooler though i don't think Cooler Master are really known for that side of things. From what i've heard theyre more for the people who prioritise cooling over low noise. That might be a bit of a generalisation so you could just look at some reviews but also try looking at brands that are more low noise oriented. (Zalman, Fractal Design.)

Something like this maybe. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 14, 2011 4:15:25 PM

You might want to consider buying dual screens for productivity. Once you switch, you never go back! When I added all the components together, I only got $1200 dollars which would leave enough wiggle room for that second monitor.
April 14, 2011 7:32:27 PM

Agree 100%......I should of said that I will have dual monitors. I have that now on my current machine and like you said, I could not imagine going back to one.

In fact, I can see myself with 3 or even 4 monitors in the future.

THanks,

Palmetto
April 14, 2011 7:45:25 PM

With the software that you have listed most likely you would do better with the Intel® Core™ I7 2600 or 2600K (if you overclock or will use the on-processor graphics). I know that it pushes your budget up a little but the 8 thread support for Intel Core I7’s should help out as the software listed is multi-threaded.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
April 14, 2011 8:21:27 PM

Thanks Christian.....I think you are right and it has never been hard to get me to go over budget!!

I think if I can save on some other parts I can make this happen.

Do you know how well the video card will do with these programs?

Thanks,

Palmetto
April 14, 2011 10:28:30 PM

palmetto7070 said:
Thanks Christian.....I think you are right and it has never been hard to get me to go over budget!!

I think if I can save on some other parts I can make this happen.

Do you know how well the video card will do with these programs?

Thanks,

Palmetto


Haha i suggested this in one of the first posts, go for a cheaper H61 Motherboard and an i7-2600, sacrifices overclocking but saves a lot of money.
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