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Home built (or prebuilt) desktop to run 3D Architectual design program

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December 30, 2011 11:58:45 PM

Hi There!

I'm at a crossroad and would love some advice from somebody that can help out. My home desktop that I built 5yrs ago (now a dinosaur today) will just not run my 3D design program Chief Architect with it's current advancements anymore.

I'm curious if the December $600 build would suit the need? Or if there are any other suggestions?

Here is the recommended specs from the website:
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PC Minimum*

Windows 7 / Vista / XP**
2.4 GHz processor
2 GB of Memory (32 bit)
4 GB of Memory (64 bit)
5 GB of available hard disk space
256 MB dedicated video card
Monitor resolution 1024 x 768
OpenGL: 2.1 or higher
Internet: High speed for Registration, Video access, and Library downloads

**Chief Architect Premier X4 (64-bit) is not supported on Windows XP


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PC Recommended


Windows 7 64 bit
Multi-Core CPU (e.g., Intel i5, i7)
6 GB of Memory
50 GB of available hard disk space
1 GB high performance video card (e.g., NVIDIA or ATI)


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Here is the link to the system requirements page: Chief Architect System Requirements

I know it might seem silly that I'm basically giving you the answers to my question, but it's the detail on what direction to go is my issue. This program would be the primary use of the system (off limits to the kids, lol), while also being connected to the internet. I'd also like to have it set so it could possibly withstand the next update or two (I know two is probably pushing it)

Thanks to anybody that can help out!

-Bob
December 31, 2011 12:30:16 AM

Windows 7 64 bit
Multi-Core CPU (e.g., Intel i5, i7)
6 GB of Memory
50 GB of available hard disk space
1 GB high performance video card (e.g., NVIDIA or ATI)

I know it might seem silly that I'm basically giving you the answers to my question, but it's the detail on what direction to go is my issue. This program would be the primary use of the system (off limits to the kids, lol), while also being connected to the internet. I'd also like to have it set so it could possibly withstand the next update or two (I know two is probably pushing it)

What can u reuse?

Case HDD/SSD ...
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December 31, 2011 12:31:56 AM

What about your OS? Do u have access as a student?
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December 31, 2011 12:51:02 AM

Umm.....I would purchase all new parts throughout and just add the OS in after (I will consider that an additional cost).

I would split my current monitor though, it's a 24" Samsung, I can get you more details on that if need be.

Purchase time would be asap and I'd like to keep the budget under $800 if I can.

Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP!

Budget Range: $800 or hopefully under

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Running design program, internet access.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com, ncix.com, ect...)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: not set on anything particular, must be solid though.

Overclocking: Never done it, so probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know?

Monitor Resolution: Right now it's set at 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Just looking for a solid system that will handle the programs needs with ease.
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December 31, 2011 1:12:09 AM

Although now that I think of it, I have an old HP desktop up in the attic, I could use the shell of that if I had to.
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December 31, 2011 1:49:10 AM

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December 31, 2011 4:26:17 AM

That's awesome nikorr, thank you very much! I'll update on progress.
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December 31, 2011 4:28:57 AM

Some of the prices are changing daily, so the price might go up a little, if u miss the deadline for discount : )
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December 31, 2011 3:19:36 PM

What would you recommend for an optical drive and OS (Win7 64bit?)?
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December 31, 2011 3:51:39 PM

Just ordered everything (went with the Blu-ray) for $816 (minus another $25 for mail in's will get me to $791). Seems very good to me!

BTW, I'm just a bit beyond my "student" days :) 

Thanks again! I'll repost when it's up and running.
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December 31, 2011 4:06:50 PM

Good luck BFog! You're welcome.
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January 1, 2012 3:13:15 AM

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January 6, 2012 3:25:37 AM

nikorr said:
Good luck BFog! You're welcome.


Hi nikorr- Got everything together and went to power up, seemed like low power to the system (barely ran the fans). I stripped things down to see if that helped, but to no avail. I'm going to test the plugs to the MB to see if the voltage is correct, I'll follow up.....

Are you sure this 500W power supply is enough? Any other thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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January 6, 2012 3:52:31 AM

Should I be able to pull the 24pin plug and get the voltage specs as long as it's plugged in? Because that doesn't seem to be working.
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January 6, 2012 3:59:30 AM

What doesn't seem to be working? Do u have everything plugged in?
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January 6, 2012 4:05:45 AM

Yes I have everything plugged in (memory, hard drive, optical drive, video card, processor and all fans are hooked up). I turn it on and the fans are barely spinning, I do get one beep out of the MB though but not getting anything on the monitor.

I did read in the case reviews that there were many complaints about the power supply. Just not sure if it showed up defective.

I keep going over things hoping it's something dumb, but haven't found anything yet. I know it shouldn't be this difficult sorry for being such a pain in the butt.
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January 6, 2012 4:09:16 AM

Any red LED is ON on the mobo?
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January 6, 2012 4:15:47 AM

Green light on at bottom (constant). Red memory light comes on when powered up then goes off a few seconds later
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January 6, 2012 4:24:35 AM

Is your HDMI connected to the mobo or the GPU?
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January 6, 2012 4:45:44 AM

Wow...I'm an idiot, you just found the dumb thing I missed. I had it hooked up to the mobo. It's loading windows now.

I still don't understand why the accessory fans are moving so slowly, does that sound right?

BTW, thanks for helping me figure that out!
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January 6, 2012 4:49:12 AM

BFog said:
Wow...I'm an idiot, you just found the dumb thing I missed. I had it hooked up to the mobo. It's loading windows now.

I still don't understand why the accessory fans are moving so slowly, does that sound right?

BTW, thanks for helping me figure that out!

: ) The important fan is on the top of the CPU, it should be going in fast and quiet pace.
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January 6, 2012 5:26:23 AM

I will check that out in the a.m., way to late out here :) 

Thanks again nikorr!

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January 6, 2012 5:47:22 AM

No problem : )
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January 9, 2012 2:26:24 AM

nikorr- All seems great to this point, running smooth and MUCH improved from my other desktop.

One thing I haven't been able to solve though, the text is not sharp and has a 'halo' effect to it. The monitor is a Samsung XL2370HD, I have it connected to the new desktop via HDMI cable. All drivers throughout are up to date and I've searched all over the net to no avail on correcting it.

Any thoughts based on the components?

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January 9, 2012 3:25:17 AM

Hi,

Try to go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display and select Clear type on the left side and adjust to your needs.

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January 9, 2012 3:29:17 AM

Haha! been there done that :) 

Thanks though.


Sorry I should've mentioned that the display is set to 1920 x 1080 (which is whats recommended), don't know if that makes any difference.
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January 9, 2012 3:51:07 AM

Are u using 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz?
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January 9, 2012 4:02:10 AM

nikorr said:
Are u using 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz?


Yes, also tried it at 75, tried it at 16 bit too (just mentioning ideas I came across online).
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January 9, 2012 4:03:24 AM

Did u install the catalyst too with your GPU?
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