Lower end work PC suggestions (sub $600)

Hi all,

I have a request from two seperate friends for a work PC build. Both will be using their PCs for Autocad and some light HD movie streaming, but other than that they have no major requests.

Gaming is out luckily, so that should cut back on the GPU. I am also flip flopping between Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as they may want an easy Remote Desktop connection experience.

Any thoughts on suggested builds? I'm especially curious on the mobo/gpu combination, or if onboard graphics is cheap and 'pretty good' these days. Most of this forum caters to gaming/GPU intensive rigs... hopefully someone has some experience with this alternative approach :)

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  1. we can cater work pcs as well. just remember 600 dollars wont get you far


    you probably have to upgrade to windows 7 pro to do remote desktoping but im not too sure about that.

    the upgrades id suggest first is to 16gb of memory. here it is

    the second upgrade i would suggest is to a i7 2600. it will be much better for your CAD software since it can take advantage of the extra threads. the i5 2310 nevertheless is still pretty good
  2. cpu--intel i5 2500k is a good option. cheaper than i7 2600 around $210.perform similar to i7 2600.use 16 gb memory.
  3. Ok, so I've been poking around quite abit. The AMD Phenom II x4 965 seems to be a very reasonable price. Match that with an Asus M5A97, and kicking in a low level graphics card to handle abit of the CAD load (and video streaming).

    Thoughts on how this is starting to look? Is it better to find an integrated graphics solution with the Mobo?

    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 - $94.70

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz - $104.96

    Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7750 - $104.99

    Memory: Corsair 8 GB XMS3 PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit - $42.99

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular - $69.99

  4. Possible alternative mobo:

    ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI

    Looks like it has integrated graphics, although the ability to chug through CAD may not work out. I like the microATX form factor though.

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