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My friend asked me to put together a build for him, he will be using it mostly for audio rendering and working with CAD light CAD work. His budget is about $400, it's not a tight budget, but he'd like to stay around that price point if possible. I'm not so sure about the AMD A6 processor, I've read into it and it seems to fit but I'm not certain, any suggestions for replacing parts or buying elsewhere is much appreciated. Thanks guys.

Retailers I'm Using:
Canada Computers (local pickup)
Tiger Direct (local pickup)
NCIX (local pickup)
Newegg.ca

Here's what I've got so far:


$115 - AMD A6-3650


$70 - ASRock A75M-HVS


$53 - 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333MHz


$40 - WD Caviar Blue (WD5000AAKX) 500GB

$40 Antec NEO ECO 520C

$30 NZXT Gamma

$20 Samsung DVD Burner

Total: $415 after tax
Edited by OrangeBunnies - 7/26/11 at 3:19pm
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=403

according to the review, that cpu is weaker than an Athlon II x4. You should also change out that HDD for a better one like Samsung F3 1TB.
    
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I priced a true CAD gpu (Quattro 3800 right around 800) and the killer was the price for SolidWorks software,starting price 4000.00.I will say your parts selection is a bit underpowered for a true CAD station (going off the Solidworks forum recommendations). They like high clocked i7's and even more RAM,and then that gpu thing.
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I priced a true CAD gpu (Quattro 3800 right around 800) and the killer was the price for SolidWorks software,starting price 4000.00.I will say your parts selection is a bit underpowered for a true CAD station (going off the Solidworks forum recommendations). They like high clocked i7's and even more RAM,and then that gpu thing.
I thought it kind of funny when my friend told me he was using CAD perfectly fine with his GMA4500 and core2duo, lol. Suffice to say I don't think my friend is using CAD to it's fullest so I don't think the high-end GPU is needed.

Sorry about the confusion, I've updated the original post as to not confuse new readers.
Edited by OrangeBunnies - 7/26/11 at 3:19pm
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I have used many Adobe applications (even Photoshop) with low powered quads and 4gb RAM and a 9400 gpu. It is as you say, I was not using it to the degree that this low end hardware made a difference.
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Originally Posted by robwadeson View Post
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=403

according to the review, that cpu is weaker than an Athlon II x4. You should also change out that HDD for a better one like Samsung F3 1TB.
I was thinking about just getting an AMD Phenom II X4 955, but then he'd need a dedicated GPU for another $40 or so. If the A6's are really that bad then I will dump it and just get the Phenom. As for the Samsung F3, it's $82 Shipped and is more expensive then he needs. Perhaps a compromise, just get a WD Cavier Black for $65?
Edited by OrangeBunnies - 7/26/11 at 3:36pm
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[AMD A6-3400M 2.35GHz @ 1.0875V] [AMD HD 6650M] [2x4GB Corsair Vengence 1333MHz 9-8-8-8 @ 1.5V] [500GB Seagate 5400rpm] 
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Originally Posted by OrangeBunnies View Post
I was thinking about just getting an AMD Phenom II X4 955, but then he'd need a dedicated GPU for another $40 or so. If the A6's are really that bad then I will dump it and just get the Phenom. As for the Samsung F3, it's $82 Shipped and is more expensive then he needs. Perhaps a compromise, just get a WD Cavier Black for $65?
Oh yea the caviar black is about as good as F3 so yea, you can go for that instead. The A6 isn't really much better than any other onboard graphics (IGPs) and if he wants CAD acceleration, he should be looking at Nvidia alternatives.
    
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post #8 of 10
Spend the $6 extra or so on ddr3-1600 cl9 ram; as both CPU and powerful you must use systt memory, better memory makes a HUGE difference on the and apus.
post #9 of 10
solidworks will be pretty rough on a gpu

id recomend a dedicated card, gtx 450 or ati 5770 or better

i know the fusion gpu isnt bad, but not stealing system ram will make it run much better
post #10 of 10
Not sure if a quad core + dedicated graphics card + 8GB of RAM will fit that $400 budget, at least not easily.
Build looks fine other than a few potential savings (i.e. NCIX usually has cheaper DVD drives)
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