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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_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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

Thanks in advance
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  2. 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 +.
  3. 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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  5. Thanks for the BA vote, enjoy your build :D
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