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September 20, 2012 7:08:00 AM

Hi Guys,

I'm looking to build my dad a PC thats between 500-800 $$. Dad wants it for all of his carpentry work (He will be using AutoCad) and my mom wants a media center PC for photo editing, sharing, general office use.

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 500-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (AutoCad, editing photos, sharing, general office use)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, probably a small led monitor.

Parts to Upgrade: Everything!

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, (if we have to switchout motherboards for any reason, is microsoft Ok with that if I call them and explain the situation will I still have to buy a new CD Key if its OEM.)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Microcenter or Frys < have fun if you are using frys their website sucks!

Location: City, State/Region, Country - CA, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No preference really, just quality parts not crap parts please.

Overclocking: Nope

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Your Monitor Resolution: Unknown

Additional Comments: Quiet PC, I want a SSD thats just for the boot drive. I'm thinking going with AMD at this point because I'll have more money to put towards a good enough GPU for autocad, I'm thinking a HD 6870 should be good enough.

Graphics card: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005C8RTTU/ref=ox_sc_a...

(I realize that case is overkill some may say but that's what they want.)

Thanks in advance

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 20, 2012 7:26:23 AM

Here, buy this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($126.99 @ B&H)
Total: $829.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 03:26 EDT-0400)



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September 20, 2012 8:28:53 AM

Wow thanks for the quick reply. I should have specified this earlier. I do not need a optical drive, keyboard, or mouse.

I think that video card is overkill for the light usage it will be under. I do like the processor because it has virtualization technology which is a +.



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September 20, 2012 8:31:51 AM

garrettk4 said:
Wow thanks for the quick reply. I should have specified this earlier. I do not need a optical drive, keyboard, or mouse.

I think that video card is overkill for the light usage it will be under. I do like the processor because it has virtualization technology which is a +.


Ok... but whatever you do don't get a 7850... the 7870 is barely 5-10$ more and even if won't use its full potential.

Its better having something that you don't need than needing something you don't have... anyways, a 7770 would be a good choice and it offers "high" (33% faster than a GTX680) OpenCL performance.

Edit: pick a best answer if you have no further questions.
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September 20, 2012 6:44:52 PM

Best answer selected by garrettk4.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 20, 2012 6:57:26 PM

Thanks for the BA vote, enjoy your build :D 
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