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July 1, 2011 5:34:30 PM

Hello all, after lurking for quite a while I have decided to take the plunge and attempt to build my first pc. I am mainly going to be using it for general home office work (Excel, Word, etc.) web surfing and some CAD work that I bring home. I'm a civil engineer and most of the CAD work that I will be doing is 2D stuff. I don't do much gaming but what gaming I am interested in is CIV IV and similar, not much FPS. I have a copy and license for MS Office and w ill be using Draftsight or similar for the CAD work. I hope this is enough info for you experts to point me in the right direction. Thank you in advance for all your help.


Approximate Purchase Date: 1 -2 weeks


Budget Range: $500 - $750 After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: 2D CAD, Home Office, Light Gaming (CIV IV, etc.), Web Surfing


Parts Not Required: I need all parts including keyboard, mouse and monitor


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: No Preference


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: ?


Additional Comments: I would prefer a system that can be further upgraded as needed.

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July 1, 2011 8:56:32 PM

Here is one suggestion:

CPU: Phenom II x4 955BE $119.99
MB: Asus M5A97 AM3+ Sata 6Gb/s USB3 $94.99
Memory: Kingston 2x2GB $37.99
GPU: PowerColor AX6770 1GB $119.99 ( before $20 rebate )
DVD: Asus 24x DVD+/-RW $19.99
HDD:Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $64.99
Case: Antec 300 illusion $54.99
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 430W $54.99

Monitor: ViewSonic VX2250wm-LED Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD LED Backlight $149.99
Keyboard: Keytronic KT400U2 $13.99

Total: 731.90 ( before $20 rebate )

The rest to fill to $750 goes to shipping and the mouse.

And left the mouse out on purpose, pick one you like.
Not sure if you needed OS but if you do then the above needs to be adjusted quite a bit to fit the $99 for Win7 Home Premium 64-bit
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July 1, 2011 9:07:55 PM

CPU: Intel core i5 2300 $180
MoBo: ASRock H61M-VS $60
PSU: XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 $35
CASE: Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 $30
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $55
RAM: Team Elite Model TED34096M10667DC $34
Graphics: Radeon HD 4650 $47
DVD-ROM: SONY Black 18X DDU1681S-0B $17
Total: $458
Add another $140 for Win7 and you're set
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