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$1000NZD PC Suitable for CAD work

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February 21, 2012 2:34:27 AM

Hi guys,
I've decided to build my first computer and I'd like a little advice on parts.
A bit of background: I'm just starting the second year of a 5 year Engineering degree so I need something that can handle cad programs, particularly pro E. It would be nice if it lasted at least for the rest of my degree. Also, I'm in the far away land of New Zealand so any parts are going to come from pbtech

Disclaimer: I'm a total noob at building computers, although I have spent the past few days absorbing some of the knowledge of the Internet.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks

Budget Range: Around $1000 New Zealand (including GST - if you tick the little box on the right hand column of pbtech it adds this on)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: CAD work - Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Office, web browsing etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (running windows 7 professional), + I already have a decent disk drive to use as my OS drive

Preferred Website for Parts: www.pbtech.co.nz - the cost of international shipping form Amazon and the like is usually too excessive to be practical.

Country: New Zealand

Parts Preferences: No strong preference, though I'm fairly set on a Intel i5 processor

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: I don't think it's necessary in this case

Monitor Resolution: Currently I have a 1920 x 1200, 24 inch Dell™ 2407WFP



Potential set up so far:

CPU Intel sandy bridge Core i5 2500 3.3GHz 6M LGA1155 Processor
$293.25

Motherboard INTEL H61 Chipset Micro ATX LGA 1155 DDR 1333Mhz upto 8GB Graphics ooutput VGA/DVI-D PCI x16 Discrete Graphics SATA 6.0GB/s x 2 Ports GBLan USB3.0
$136.85

Memory Kingston DDR3 8GB 1600MHz Gaming Performance HyperX Memory Kit (2x4GB)
$148.35

Hard Drive Data HITACHI 1TB 3.5" Internal HDD 32MB 7200RPM SATA3 HDD
$144.90

Hard Drive OS
Already own

Video Card
Any suggestions, or will the on board graphics do the trick?

DVD Drive LG GH24NS70 24X SATA INTERNAL SATA DVD WRITER
$40.25

Case
Anything which fits everything else really such as: http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=CHAAIO4650&name...(NO-PSU)-Micro-ATX-Towe
$67.85
The alternate is to get something with a built in power supply like some of the cooler master cases

Power Supply COOLER MASTER Elite Power 400W OEM 20+4 pin & 4+4 pin ATX 12V V2.31 12cm fan Eco-friendly Reliablity Quiet Noise Filter 70% efficiency
$44.85

That all comes to around $800 NZ which give me $200 bucks to make it better and still be within budget :D 
Any suggestions for improvements, cost saving, or pointing out retarded noob mistakes I have made, would be most appreciated.
February 21, 2012 8:39:39 AM

For a decent CAD system, your budget is a little tight. For instance, an optimal system would consist of a Core i7 2600, 16gb DDR3 1333 ram, and an Nvidia Quadro 4000 card(very popular for PC and Mac work stations). I let you look those up and get the sticker shock. Just make sure you are sitting down.

At any rate, we will go for the abridged version.

CPU - Core i5-2400(only 10% slower at stock speed) - $270.25 - http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=CPUIT2400&name=...

Motherboard - Gigabyte H61(very good quality) - $102.35 - http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=MBDGBM0397&name...

ram - Gskill 2x4gb DDR3 1333 - $85.00 - http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=MEMGSK0358&name...
(Extra ram speed does not really buy you anything. 1333 is the default on Intel boards.)

Video card - Quadro 600 - $378.35 - http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=VGALTK0600&name...(Fermi)-1GB-GDDR3-PCI-Ex

Case - $67.85 - http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=CHAAIO4650&name...(NO-PSU)-Micro-ATX-Towe

PSU - Corsair 430w - $86.25 - http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=PSUCOR1430&name...

Total - $990.95

I went with a better quality power supply. Coolermaster is poor quality and there is no guarantee it would last. The low end CMs are also kind og noisy due to the cheap fans and other components. Unfortunately, The Corsair was the cheapest quality choice. You have limited selection there. You can certainly try the CM, but I cannot in all good conscience recommend it.

It would really be nice if you could stretch the budget a bit for a motherboard that had two more ram slots. That way you could drop in 8 more gigabyte ram later. http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=MBDGBM0405&name...(Revised-

That is also a really nice looking case. Wish they sold them in the US.
February 21, 2012 11:57:59 PM

Thanks tlmck! That's really useful information that you've given me.

Unfortunately, being a student my income tends towards the negatives hence the tight budget.

I'll keep the better motherboard in mind also
!