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$1500 Autocad Workstation

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June 13, 2011 4:38:19 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: AutoCad 2010 3D Design Kitchen Construction work. Some rendering in Future

Parts Not Required: keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: N/A

Parts Preferences: Open

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Open

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments:

Its been 5 years since I built a Desktop so very rusty on current offerings. Hence the post.

Leaning towards a few things:

Primary small SSD w/ HDD storage. On a large network so space is not an issue. HDD storage drive isnt even necessary.

Would like to Run Win 7 Pro 64-Bit

Current Laptop running Autocad has a Radeon Mobility X1600 and its no longer getting it done as drawings are much more complex these days.
June 13, 2011 4:59:13 PM
June 13, 2011 7:01:36 PM

I don't think the i7 is necessary; the i5-2500K does very well using AutoCAD 2012 (yay free student software!), and I've seen Z68 motherboards at the price of that H67 board.

The 560Ti is a good choice, and I believe AutoCAD may have some use for CUDA when rendering (don't quote me on that), so it will probably be more efficient than a comparable AMD card.

We also forgot a case. I'm assuming you don't want anything really flashy, since this won't be a gaming computer (correct me if I'm wrong). I think the best case for you would be the Antec 300 (not the Illusion model, unless you want LED fans), since it's a very sleek and simple case with good airflow. It's also really cheap (~$60).
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June 13, 2011 7:05:02 PM
June 13, 2011 9:27:50 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
only the case and CD drive.oh and ram.

oops sorry. had to go real quick i asked that just for this reason. thanks
June 14, 2011 12:33:08 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
only the case and CD drive.oh and ram.


Haha whoops! :/ 

I'd recommend G.Skill RAM simply because it's cheap and actually more reliable than some other brand name RAM. I'd recommend a solid 8GB 1333-1600MHz dual channel set, like this one (have 2 kits) and the one below it (on sale for literally a few more hours; get it if you can!!!). The speed difference won't impact your performance noticeably, but having run Autodesk programs I would definitely suggest 8GB RAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 84.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - ON SALE for 59.99
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