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First Build Ever - Hoping to get advice on my parts selection for a AutoCAD/gaming build. Thanks!

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December 17, 2013 11:35:23 AM

Hi guys!

I'd like to ask your help as a first-time builder. I've chosen some parts and would like feedback before I make the big purchase. I see lots of posts asking for 60fps on games, that doesn't matter too much to me. I'd take 30 even.



Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range
: 850 After Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important
: AutoCAD Civil 3D, gaming, watching videos, menial tasks

Are you buying a monitor
: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything in Canada (newegg, ncix, memory express, tiger direct)

Location: Richmond, BC, Canada (Beside Vancouver)

Parts Preferences
: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, possibly larger later or additional monitor

Additional Comments: Doesn't have to look good. No specific games, but newer 3d ones on medium would be nice. AutoCAD Civil 3D and Revit will be used.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My poor old DV6-3134ca laptop is dying (constant blue screens related to video card) and it doesn't run things as well as I would like it to. I can finally afford to upgrade.

Parts I have selected at http://pcpartpicker.com/user/chintapop/saved/3ahS
:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina Premium Ceramic Polysynthetic 1.75g Thermal Paste ($4.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($53.98)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Wired Network Adapter: Syba SD-PEX24009 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter ($9.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SCF-12025KK-RP 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($20.65 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.29 @ B&H)
Total: $748.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-17 14:29 EST-0500)
December 17, 2013 11:57:28 AM

Try this setup.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SCF-12025KK-RP 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($20.65 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.29 @ B&H)
Total: $839.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-17 14:56 EST-0500)
December 17, 2013 2:07:52 PM

M0kujin said:
Try this setup.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.34 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SCF-12025KK-RP 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($20.65 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.29 @ B&H)
Total: $839.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-17 14:56 EST-0500)


I see that the M5A97 has an ethernet port - do I not need a wired network card then?

Thanks for the help!

Edit: The price has gone up to $900 in Canada :(  Too expensive for me
December 18, 2013 1:15:39 AM

I'm sorry about that, here how about this one.

I just change the GPU and Case it, R9 270x is plenty enough for gaming you can even play bf4 on ultra with that GPU. you wont have any problems with autocad too.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.75 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.90 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.44 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($219.64 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($10.05 @ DirectCanada)
Case: BitFenix Outlaw ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.37 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($18.00 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.52 @ DirectCanada)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($11.37 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $838.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-18 04:12 EST-0500)

and yes you don't need an ethernet card with that motherboard.
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