$1000 AutoCAD build

I am working on a new system for a friend's interior design company. They will mostly be using the computer for AutoCAD and Sketchup, mostly in 2D with the occasional 3D rendering. I've been reading through some CAD builds and seem to have come to this setup, and I was wondering if I could get some input and possible improvements. It's been a little while since I worked on a new build, but has been kinda nice getting back into it. So thanks for the help!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or two

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: AutoCAD/Sketchup, email/internet, no gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: honestly no preference, but have been looking at newegg.com, amazon.com, 1stchoicememory.com (via pricewatch.com)

Country of Origin: US of A

Parts Preferences: Whatever components leads to the best combination. The only request was that the new system had a "large" monitor.

Overclocking: Maybe, but not necessary

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (but suggestions are certainly welcome)

Additional Comments: None that I can think of....but that could change....

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply (or should it bigger?)

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (or SSD?)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Combo w/ Intel Core i5 / i7 Quad Core CPUs (Socket 1156) Intel Core i5-760 CPU (4 x 2.8GHz) 8MB LGA1156 GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 (rev. 1.0) Socket 1156 Intel P55 USB3.0 A&GbE ATX Motherboard

Video Card...suggestions? nVidia Quaddro graphics card?
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  1. I wouldn't go for the older 1156 socket; you should easily be able to afford the new 1155 socket as we build P67 gaming rigs for under $1000 all the time here.

    Since you're not gaming, I'd get an i5-2400/2500, since there's no need for the unlocked i5-2500K and OCing won't be necessary. My i5-2500K does perfectly fine in AutoCAD 2012 doing 3D and the like at stock settings.

    Since you're not OCing, an H67 motherboard will work just fine. You could go P67 or Z68 as well, but you won't be missing out on any features that you'll need. P67 is required at minimum to overclock.

    I would pass on that Cooler Master case/PSU combo, because CM's PSUs tend to be a little on the junky side. There is an Antec 300/PSU combo that is pretty good for the price, but you could also get an Antec 300 + EA650W for ~$20-30 more than the 300 combo.

    The RAM you've listed is a good brand, but see if you can't find a 1600MHz kit from G.Skill that will fit in your budget.

    On a $1000 budget, pass on the SSD. It won't boost performance in AutoCAD unless all you do is load and save files all day ;)

    The Caviar Blacks are overpriced hard drives; they didn't increase the platter density, so the SATA III drives are essentially the same speed as the SATA II drives. Get the Samsung F3 1TB because it will be faster (higher platter density than the Blacks) and just as or more reliable. It's also much cheaper.

    Since the primary use will be 2D drawing/design, you really just need a standard desktop video card. Workstation video cards will only help with large-scale and large amounts of 3D rendering. My 6950 2GB is very responsive in both regards, though you could accomplish the same tasks with a much less expensive card. I'd dedicate about $200 to the GPU.
  2. Looking at this card:
    PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 512 MB GDDR3 Graphics Card VCQFX580-PCIE-PB

    Any other suggestions for the build?

    ...Just saw your post Boiler....will read through and reply back...
  3. Sorry for the delay in replying back, been out of town for the past couple days. This is an updated build per boiler's suggestions.

    Intel Core i5-2500 Processor 3.3GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop
    ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 512 MB GDDR3 Graphics Card VCQFX580-PCIE-PB

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

    Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0

    Antec EA-650 Green ATX Energy Star Certified Power Supply, Green

    Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

    Windows 7 Home Premum 64 Bit System Builder 1pk [Old Version]

    ASUS VW246H Widescreen LCD Monitor

    Thanks for the help!
  4. Keep in mind that the new EA 650 doesn't come with a power cord. I don't know WHY Antec decided to start doing that, but it's stupid. The EA 650 is a good PSU though; had one running my i7-930 + 2xGTX 470s.

    Really, which ever motherboard/CPU combo is cheaper will work. You'll be fine with an H67 board as well, and it will probably be even cheaper.
  5. I started looking at H67 boards per your suggestion, but couldn't find any on Newegg to run the 1600MHz RAM kit. Maybe I just kept overlooking them. But that was my point of reference...all that I could find were DDR 1333 max.

    And concerning the power cord, thanks for the heads up. I didn't notice this. Are you talking about from the PSU/case to the wall outlet? If so, I have a number of them stashed away in my cable collection.
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