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Back again for some more help on another build. Built myself a budget box two summers ago (~700 bucks + 200 for another 2 monitors) and now helping my uncle build one.

Since it needs to last longer (they're a small business) I'm looking to build with some higher end parts, but still keep it economical. Let's say the budget is 1000-1500 and it will need to include a monitor (21'-23' 1920x1080 please). As far as CAD use - 2D Corel Draw (nothing crazy) is all that's needed and ideally a card that can handle light image editing for marketing purposes.

I'm thinking... i7 of some sort, not sure about the GPU, an SSD if I can fit it in the budget, 8GB RAM at least, and a midtower case.I have access to brick and mortar Fry's & Microcenter but I'd prefer to do it all at newegg so I can have the parts shipped directly to him.

I'd like to know - what CPU & GPU to grab and how big a PSU do I need?

Thanks for the helps ladies and gents!
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post #2 of 11
sandy bridge i7 2600k would probably be a good idea, the new ''fixed'' motherboards should be out in a few weeks.

I would suggest a quadro fx card but they are ridiculously expensive; a higher end gaming card would be more than enough for 2d CAD. Something quiet and cool, my GTX460 twin frozr handles autocad 2011 flawlessly.

I'm not a monitor expert but I know the Dell Ultrasharp monitors are really good value and look stunning. I've seen the 21.5'' at sub 200$ on sale recently and the 23'' at like 250 a piece.


edit: with that budget you can get an even better GPU, something like a GTX 560-570, not sure how quiet and cool they are, waiting on someone to chime in! but they would be more future-proof.
Edited by wupah - 2/26/11 at 11:49am
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post #3 of 11
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So the GTX460 looks like it runs 200 bucks - I'd be happy to just stick with that and upgrade further along. Cool & quiet is much appreciated since I'm hoping the lower temps will lead to longer life on the units.
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post #4 of 11
this is the card i was mentioning http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-518-_-Product

Also getting a SSD would greatly improve load times on CAD software but I would also suggest a secondary hard drive for storage.


Here's a case suggestion btw http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042

Clean lines, nothing flashy, functional and sturdy. cheap too.

you would be safe with a 500w cpu from a trusted cpu manufacturer. Unless you plan on running a 20 drive server.
Edited by wupah - 2/26/11 at 6:48pm
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post #5 of 11
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Haha, yeah I actually have the Antec 300 for my AMD desktop i'm using to write this now. I may go with an Antec Sonata instead, but good to know about the PSU. It'll most likely only have 2 drives (SSD for Corel Draw/Photoshop + TB or 500GB storage drive)
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Bump and a follow up question - since we're not OCin' much here, are there any 'fixed' mobos available now? I'm looking primarily at the Q/H67 type mobos, but I'd like to be able to order this week.

I may just switch to a i5-2500k rig if there are ready motherboards - any suggestions on a build out there?

Edit: without overclocking, I won't need a 2600k or 2500k, just a 2600 or 2500 CPU correct?
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Yeah absolutely right, I was in OCN mode when referring to the i7.

i7 2600 has hyper threading which could be useful for multi threaded apps such as video, but then again I'm positive the i5 would be plenty. The ''K'' just means that it's unlocked for maximum over clocking. Although the price difference between the K and non-K is very small, (15$ iirc).

P Vs H motherboards, P means that it disables the integrated graphics from the cpu, so if you're using a standalone GPU then you would get a ''P'' motherboard.

H means the opposite and is geared towards people that don't need crazy GPU performance and can live off the integrated intel graphics.

If you didn't know, ALL the sandy bridge motherboards were recalled about a month ago because of a SATA issue; The new and revised motherboards ''B3'' should be available within 2-3 weeks. So unless you want to go with an older socket or different chip maker altogether you're going to have to wait.
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post #8 of 11
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Hrm, let's assume I can't wait that long. Ideally I'd like to wait and take advantage of the better performance & energy savings, but not sure if I can.

What should I look at? i7-920/950/960? I'd probably need the most help picking out a mobo (or given a list of mobos I could choose)
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post #9 of 11
Look into a Seasonic X560 for your psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...easonic%20560w

That is a VERY nice psu; it's well worth the extra money. It is very efficient and quiet, and plenty of power, even if you decide to add an extra 460 down the road.

I'd maybe go with an i7-950 if you don't want to wait. This also gives you the ability to go up to 24Gb of RAM in the future, whereas the 2600k will only do 16Gb. The Asus Sabretooth is a solid board, as well as a Gigabyte UD3R,

I second the GTX460, it is a great card for the price. You probably only really need the 768Mb version.
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post #10 of 11
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regarding the PSU, real question is whether or not it lasts 5-6 years. If it's only 3 years, etc. etc. or the same lifetime as a corsair (what's another similar tier PSU? Antec?) then I'm not going to go crazy over it.
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