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December 23, 2012 5:53:06 AM

Hey guys,

Approximate Purchase Date: Next month

Budget: $400-$600 before rebates and shipping

System Usages: 2D and 3D CAD renderings, MS Office

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy an OS: Yes

Preferred Websites: Newegg, Fry's

Location: Austin, TX

Parts Preference: Intel preferably

Overclocking: No

Additional Comments: I want the computer to be relatively small and quiet. My main concern is whether or not the graphics card in this build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tJTj
is appropriate for the tasks I will be doing.

I would like to know your input on my build. Thanks :D 
December 23, 2012 8:09:09 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M/CSM Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($78.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($80.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($50.60 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $605.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 05:08 EST-0500)
December 23, 2012 8:21:56 AM

maybe you forget about storage. i add 1TB hdd, swap items for better performance
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.47 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($50.60 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $562.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 05:20 EST-0500)

and it leaves you room for improvement, maybe swap ssd for a cheap 128GB

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial V4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($50.60 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $587.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 05:25 EST-0500)
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December 23, 2012 12:28:30 PM

a 6670 can do CAD work, but won't be great at it. Here's an 8-core that is compettive with an i5 processor, but a much faster GPU (a7770)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.41 @ eCost)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Apex PCV-588 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $594.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 09:27 EST-0500)

comparision between the cards
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/613?vs=536
December 23, 2012 1:47:03 PM

Thanks for all the replies, but I forgot to mention that the computer will be connected to a network so having an HDD is not necessary.

I'm also wondering whether there is any difference in performance between the i5 3470 and the 3570?
December 23, 2012 1:52:32 PM

about 200 Mhz
December 23, 2012 1:55:32 PM

littleturtle said:
Thanks for all the replies, but I forgot to mention that the computer will be connected to a network so having an HDD is not necessary.

I'm also wondering whether there is any difference in performance between the i5 3470 and the 3570?

i thought they are identical in performance, the are unlocked cpu and has no overclocking ability
ScrewySqrl said:
about 200 Mhz

exactly, 3470 could save you money.

and you can ditch the HDD and spend more money on larger SSD. 64 GB is not enough, really
December 23, 2012 2:20:04 PM

Okay then. Looks like I will be getting the 3470 :) 

Will having a better graphics card improve the performance of my CAD work? At the moment I have a Radeon HD 6670 in my build but I am wondering if I should spend some more and get a 7770?
December 23, 2012 2:52:29 PM

littleturtle said:
Okay then. Looks like I will be getting the 3470 :) 

Will having a better graphics card improve the performance of my CAD work? At the moment I have a Radeon HD 6670 in my build but I am wondering if I should spend some more and get a 7770?

AMD 7770 is even better performer and better power consumption. i am happy you decided to spend on it :) 
December 23, 2012 5:32:20 PM

I actually wanted to know whether paying an extra $70 for the 7770 is worth it? Also, will it last over 5 years?
December 23, 2012 5:45:30 PM

littleturtle said:
I actually wanted to know whether paying an extra $70 for the 7770 is worth it? Also, will it last over 5 years?

short answer is YES. it worths the price. btw, the cheapest 7770 is 99 usd, so it should be 50 bucks extra, not 70
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