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Computer build for "Visio & AutoCAD" main use


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#1 Satoru

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 05:18 PM

Hello I'm planning to build a pc for my boss the budget is about $800 it maybe flexible depending on him and what info I provide him.

This computer will mainly be used to run Visio (we use it at are job for its programmable geometry against autoCAD backgrounds). I'm sure visio run's some what the same as autocad and will benefit from the FX 580 graphic card i'm getting it.

The main thing I am uncertain about is the motherboard. I planning to choose the "Intel Core i5-660 Clarkdale 3.33GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80616I5660" since intel is supposed to be better for multitasking with its cpu.

OK so here what i have for my pc now. (no monitor needed)

Intel Core i5-660 Clarkdale 3.33GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80616I5660
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115219

Quadro FX 580 http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_quadro_fx_580_us.html
PNY VCQFX580-PCIE-PB Quadro FX 580 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...mp;Tpk=fx%20580

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Vista 64bit or Window 7 64bit (not sure yet please give you thought on this)

Case
Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811166004


Please suggest what you can and explain why, Thank you.
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 11:01 PM

You also need a power supply, RAM, and an optical drive. Make sure Visio and autoCAD both are designed for SMP (another name for using multiple cores) before committing to a CPU. If those programs only take advantage of two cores, then the CPU you have chosen will work nicely. But, if they take advantage of four cores, then you will get better performance with a quad core CPU. You may want to go for the Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz if this is the case. Note that the i5's use dual channel memory, not triple channel like the i7's. This means you will be limited in the number of RAM slots your motherboard has and, as such, the amount of RAM you can install. You also need a socket LGA 1156 motherboard to take the CPU. Good brands to consider are ASRock, eVGA, XFX, Gigabyte, MSI, and Asus. If you decide to get an i7 CPU, those CPU's will not work in an LGA 1156 motherboard since they use LGA 1366. I suggest Windows 7 64-bit over Vista as it runs better and doesn't use as many resources.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 12:47 PM

Ok your right I'll switch to the quad. Please advice if this motherboard is worth getting I want a fast motherboard that will up grade and is within $200. I'm very noobish when it comes to motherboard so please explain.

GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128425

Recertified: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 HDD-ST3500630AS-R 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822148516

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827135204

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231281
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 04:01 PM

That motherboard will work nicely. Remember, the i5 750 is a mid level CPU and will not perform as well, or have as fully featured motherboards, as an i7. I suggest getting a hard drive that comes with at least a 32MB cache, like the Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 12:00 AM

Ok, i just didn't want to spend to much or to little for a motherboard and the 3.0 usb feature sounds up to date for what this computer going to be used for. (i sad it won't be gaming and 3d modeling)

But that hard drive seems to slow and WD and refers to it as slow and i'm pretty sure a fast one is needed in this application but i didn't think that much about the cache.

7200rpm are the only decent price one i see.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136319
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:52 AM

I just wanted to thank you for your help.
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 03:37 PM

The hard drive I selected is reasonably fast for general tasks. It is slower than a Western Digital Black drive, but not by much. I mainly chose it for the cache and the price.

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