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February 21, 2012 8:46:37 PM

Hi, I'm looking to buy in the next week or two for up to $255 on Amazon. I need 6-8GB RAM, a cheap case, a mobo, and a new CPU to replace my stuff.
I was looking at these:
however, the CPU just went out of stock, so I'll need to get something else. I will be re-using my drives/PSU from my existing desktop. The mobo doesn't need to have a GPU because I have a GT440 card. To give an idea of the kind of performance I need, here's a list of some stuff I typically do.

-make Flash animations
-make 3d models in Inventor (renders kill my Pentium D 820)
-do both of the above while livestreaming (doesn't work out too well right now)
-Play videogames (minecraft, sonic generations, skyrim, oblivion, burnout paradise, portal, and some older games)
-edit video
-surf the web
-typical office tasks

please don't recommend to buy a new graphics card. I'm not as concerned with gaming performance (I have consoles), but right now this thing kills my productivity.

current specs:
Intel Pentium D 820
Asus/HP P5LP-LE Limestone
250GB 7200rpm HDD
2x DVD-RW drives
MSi GeForce GT440
Conexant Falcon II NTSC Tuner
RaLink Turbo WiFi

also, don't worry about any software stuff. I have everything ready to go for the x64 switch.

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February 21, 2012 10:07:32 PM

CAD and video-editing will really be improved by a maximum amount of (physical or virtual) CPU cores (and a workstation GPU in the case of CAD, but you already know that).

I would suggest an Intel Z68+i7 build, but because you're on such a low budget, AMD might have to do the trick.

You seem to have pretty much chosen your parts.
They aren't what I would suggest, but on such a tight budget I can't really make a viable suggestion (the AMD or Intel motherboards I would suggest all start at about 130$...)
February 21, 2012 10:21:38 PM

I had selected my parts, but the CPU I was looking at just went out of stock, so I need to find a different plan. I can't wait for restocking because I need everything to arrive before the 1st week of April.
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February 21, 2012 10:46:47 PM

The X6 is a better processor for CAD and video editing than the Phenom II 955.

What kind of PSU do you have?
February 21, 2012 10:54:16 PM

300W. The power rating on the X6 is supposed to be 95W. my current pentium D is either 95W or 135W, so unless, the mobo sucks power like there's no tomorrow, I think I'll be fine.
February 22, 2012 11:19:12 PM

I just ordered the parts today; the mobo already shipped and the others should be shoving off soon.
March 3, 2012 11:52:54 PM

All the parts came in on Wednesday and I made an hour of time to build it. I'm loving the performance. I wasn't really expecting it to improve gaming, but apparently my Pentium D was a huge bottleneck because all of my games run at a solid 75fps. They actually sent me a Gigabyte 870A-USB3 instead of that cheap-o MSi board I ordered; quite a step up. However, this board does not have IDE, so I ordered a new DVD burner and an additional 4GB of RAM, which should come in this week.

I have run in to some problems, which I have posted here: . If anybody can take a look at that here, it would be nice. I need all of the help I can get.
March 3, 2012 11:54:02 PM

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