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January 11, 2012 7:15:46 PM

Hey guys looking to build a computer for a older friend of mine. For cad software and normal computer use such as internet usage and other software use for engineering. The budget is $750 so any help would be great on this.


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Approximate Purchase Date: With in the next couple of days

Budget Range: 750 firm

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Cad software, other engineering software, and basic computer usage.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: new egg, amazon, and tiger direct

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:D oesn't matter

Overclocking: Doubtful

SLI or Crossfire:No

Monitor Resolution: Don't really know the resolution but he mentioned something about getting a new monitor so 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Any help would be great thanks for reading and helping me out. Build computers before just need some help with putting a list together.

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 10:18:32 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?ComboIm.... This is today's shellshocker special, probably more than adequate for a basic setup, but other stuff listed below will also work if you'd rather max out your budget for performance:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I listed the shellshocker special as it comes with a basic hardrive, which is the real bargain given current hardrive prices. I also listed windows 7 pro as my favorite choice for value and performance. If you can find a basic hardrive or windows 7 copy on craigslist, you will surely save some money.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 10:45:36 PM

o1die said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?ComboIm.... This is today's shellshocker special, probably more than adequate for a basic setup, but other stuff listed below will also work if you'd rather max out your budget for performance:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I listed the shellshocker special as it comes with a basic hardrive, which is the real bargain given current hardrive prices. I also listed windows 7 pro as my favorite choice for value and performance. If you can find a basic hardrive or windows 7 copy on craigslist, you will surely save some money.


Both of those are not that great - Biostar and Apevia are absolutely terrible. Patriot memory is OK, but if you're not going to OC you don't need the 2500K. And the Vertex 3 is not a good SSD - go with the Crucial M4 instead. I know HD prices suck right now but there's not a lot we can do about it. Maybe try something like this:

This is a little bit over budget but it should meet your goal:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $46.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM - $99.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $19.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99

Total: $758.92
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2012 10:00:22 AM

The 2500k is a great cpu that will hold it's value long after it goes out of production, like the q6600. And I've had less trouble with my ocz ssd than some other brands, though the company gave me the runaround on it's rebate (finally got them to pay after numerous phone calls. Here's a good newegg deal that includes a $15 gift card when you add it to your cart. I use ocz ps, and it's very quiet and reliable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?SID....
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2012 5:03:57 PM

o1die said:
The 2500k is a great cpu that will hold it's value long after it goes out of production, like the q6600. And I've had less trouble with my ocz ssd than some other brands, though the company gave me the runaround on it's rebate (finally got them to pay after numerous phone calls. Here's a good newegg deal that includes a $15 gift card when you add it to your cart. I use ocz ps, and it's very quiet and reliable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?SID....


I think either Seasonic or Delta Electronics makes OCZ PSUs so that should be fine (the PC Power & Cooling ones for sure are made by Seasonic). The i5 is a great CPU no question but if you're not going to be using it to OC, then go with the 2400.
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