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?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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.
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.
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.