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~$1,000 home CAD drafting build advice

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December 18, 2012 4:27:15 PM

Putting together a new desktop for a family member. Building to last as along as possible - may one day be re-purposed to an older gaming machine. I like the idea of sticking with NVIDIA for the gfx card as CUDA is/could be useful given the nature of the box. This will be a home drafting box, so no need for Quadro, etc.

Do all these parts jive together? Any better options?

Would it be worth looking into SSD caching and a smaller HDD?


Approximate Purchase Date: Next two weeks
Budget Range: $1,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 2D (maybe some 3D in the future CAD drafting, MS Office, browsing, maybe one day for gaming)
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Location: Canada
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Not immediately, maybe in the future


On to the parts....

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core ($200 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX ($120 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler ($35 @ Newegg)
Memory: 2x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop (16GB total) ($80 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($100 @ Newegg)
Video: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI ($225 @ Newegg)
Optical: LITE-ON DVD Burner ($20 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($75 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower ($70 @ Newegg)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($100 @ Newegg)

Total: $1,025


Thank you!
December 18, 2012 5:11:12 PM

Nice choice of parts. They will work together.
Only, if you want nvidia, i'd go for 660 Ti.
Also i'd go with 2x8 RAM to leave two slots open, if you feel like an upgrade needed.
And SSD would be a nice thing to boost speed on your 2D applications and OS.
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