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Autocad build - Will this spec work?

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June 1, 2011 4:23:37 PM

Looking to build a system mostly for AutoCAD LT 2012, also some graphics and video editing. Not used for gaming. Want a system that will last for about 5 years with the possibility to upgrade as technology changes. Current system is P4 built in 2004. Would like your comments and recommendations on the following spec:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink
Kingston HyperX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 Dual Channel
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Fermi 700MHZ 1536MB 3696MHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI Video Card
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache
Corsair TX850W 850W
M-AUDIO Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card
Klipsch Promedia 2.1
LG GH22NS70 Super Multi 22X SATA DVD Writer
Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower ATX Case
ASUS VE247H 23.6IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor
Windows 7 Pro 64bit


Should I spend the extra $100 for the i7 2600k to keep options open in the future? Also Asus vs MSI mobo? Still debating the graphics card, any recommendations? What are your thoughts on getting it prebuilt from ncix.com? Never built a computer myself before. A little overwhelmed with all the heatsink, loading OS and running tests etc. Know of any good computer builders in Calgary Alberta?

June 1, 2011 4:51:55 PM

Everything is based on how much you 'll use Autocad..You want 3d rendering and crazy stuff for everyday? Or max perfomance is not an issue? What's your budget?
June 1, 2011 4:52:23 PM

Don’t use the memory that you have selected; for the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor you want to make sure that you are using 1.5v memory the memory you selected is 1.7 to 1.9v. The power supply that you have selected is a little over you can step down to the 750w or the 650w without a problem. Other than the memory and power supply that your build looks good.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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June 1, 2011 4:56:36 PM

michxymi said:
Everything is based on how much you 'll use Autocad..You want 3d rendering and crazy stuff for everyday? Or max perfomance is not an issue? What's your budget?


Autocad LT is a 2D software program. No 3D. Budget around +/- 2K.
June 1, 2011 4:58:20 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Don’t use the memory that you have selected; for the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor you want to make sure that you are using 1.5v memory the memory you selected is 1.7 to 1.9v. The power supply that you have selected is a little over you can step down to the 750w or the 650w without a problem. Other than the memory and power supply that your build looks good.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team


Thanks for the info about the memory. Never came across that in any forums.
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