Need suggestions. First-time builder.

I've been tasked with coming up with a build for a workplace computer. This computer will be running the latest version of the Mastercam software so I need enough performance for it to not lag, but I also want to make it as cheap as possible without sacrificing performance or stability. This computer needs to last as long as possible, and the external hard drive is needed.

I know you guys can produce better deals than what I have here, so please let me know.

Approximate Purchase Date: Today

Budget Range: 500-700 ( Lower is better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: MasterCam program. This is manufacturing software that isn't too system intensive.

Preferred Website for Parts:

Country: USA

Overclocking: Maybe (Only if it presents itself, I don't want to pick parts specifically for overclocking nor do I want to spend money on aftermarket cooling)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

-- Parts --

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
Price: $49.99

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Price: $89.99

Hanns_G HL227DBB 21.5" LED monitor 5ms Full HD 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000,000:1
Price: $109.00

Video Card:
MSI R6570-MD2GD3/LP Radeon HD 6570 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
Price: $79.99

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Price: $44.99

CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Ultra Stable Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1333C8
Price: $29.99

External Hard Drive:
Eagle Tech Consus 80GB External Hard Drive ET-CS280MSU2-BKN
Price: $39.99

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
Price: $119.99

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Price: $64.99

COOLER MASTER IceFusion 40G RG-ICF-CWR2-GP Thermal Compound
Price: $15.99

Sub-total: $614.92

Shipping: $24.92

Grand Total: $639.84
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  1. I apologize for the non-descriptive title. Can someone with permissions rename it to something akin to
    "$500-700 Medium Performance Work Build" ? Thanks.
  2. The FX 4100 is a decent budget processor , but it doesnt seem to perform well at rendering tasks . If that is a problem then there are other better choices .

    You should be using 1.5 volt RAM with FX processors .

    And you could save on the power supply . The Corsair CX 430 will be more than enough and is $35 after rebate.

    Its hard to reccomend the cpu /mb combo too . Actually impossible .
    The motherboard is AM3 [ white socket] and according to the cpu support list it cant even run an FX processor

    This mb would work $65

    or this one for $95
    would mean you would not have to buy a graphics card
  3. Thanks for the suggestions! It seems kind of crazy they would package those two parts together if they didn't work together -- I had just assumed they'd work so I didn't check.

    I didn't know about the voltage on the RAM.

    I've updated my build with the $65 GIGABYTE motherboard. I want to keep the graphics card just in case, as MasterCam will probably not fare very well with integrated graphics at all. Some of the files size around 1GB, and the system needs to render and handle them speedily.

    If you can recommend a processor and RAM that work together well with all of the rest of the parts(and each other), then I am forever in your debt :).
  4. Sorry to bump this since it's not even low in the thread listings, but I've been informed this PC needs to be bought within today's time frame.
  5. I think stick with the FX 4100 .

    Generally its a better proposition than the intels of that price
  6. Outlander_04 said:
    I think stick with the FX 4100 .

    Generally its a better proposition than the intels of that price


    Is this memory better for the FX 4100?

    This is what I currently had:


    Build is finalized. I've updated the OP with the full and final build.

    Final comments/suggestions? I think everything is okay from my own check over however I'm not well-versed in hardware.

    Basically, in this state, is it okay to order all of my parts?
  7. Yes that RAM is good .
  8. Outlander_04 said:
    Yes that RAM is good .

    Thank you for all of your help Outlander :).
  9. Doesn't the FX-4100 come with thermal compound?
  10. Even if it does, having more cannot hurt. I plan to build another PC later on this year or early 2012, and I might need to use it for that too.
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