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Old July 16th, 2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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Im looking to build a computer mainly to run auto cad and drafting software because i am studying mechanical engineering. Any one have any recommendations on a computer (pre built) or specifications i should build to? Processors, ram, graphics card and motherboard? Im pretty new to the custom computer talk so take it easy on me haha. Also budget isn't really an issue (open to spend a little more for upgrades), but would like to keep it around 800 (college budget ) and i already have a monitor.
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Been awhile since I built one. For work, I use a Dell M70? Laptop. Has 1Gb of ram and a 19" screen so you can see what you doing and run Acad and most 3D cad software. The min of 1 gb ram and as much hd space as you can afford. 3d cad files are huge. 2d cad files are usually up to 20 mb files depending on your level of detail and layering.

Last time i built a mini tower, I used newegg.com for all parts.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 06:35 AM   #3
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I used tigerdirect.com for mine

As far as specs, it all depends on what you want, the sky is the limit

They have parts and barebones kits, I bought a barebones kit with all of the major conponents since it was my first build.
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Sounds like $ might be an issue if you are looking to run design softwares.
IDK.
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Another vote for newegg.com
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http://www.cybertronpc.com

You will NOT be disappointed. They're assembled here in the U.S. and handle all of their tech support and customer service in house. You won't find better tech support. You also have access to them as long as you still own the computer.
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Newegg.com

But check monoprice.com for what they offer first. Usually cheaper because they subcontract for what you can buy. Excellent customer service. Supplement with newegg, but spread it out and keep eyes peeled for deals.

When I built my last desktop, I came across a basic tower from hp that has a good base and I added a video card, extra hard drive, and ran to it. Still going strong after 5 years. And one upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista.
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I recently built a computer designed to do what you're looking to do with yours. I have a parts list at work I'll post up later. Off the top of my head it was an i5, 8 gigs ram, 120 gig SSD for the operating system (all files are stored on my work server so you'll probably want an additional separate hard drive), firepro v4900 graphics card, msi motherboard. Also the power supply, DVDrom, case and W7 operating system.

All of that totaled $977 and it will blow the fucking doors off any "of the shelf" computer you would buy for 3x as much. I can run Cad and Inventor on dual monitors while playing pandora, writing a proposal, and streaming porn all at the same time and its never skipped a beat.


I've never even opened up a computer case before, and my first build took about a half of a work day. I bought everything from newegg, by the way.
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I recently built a computer designed to do what you're looking to do with yours. I have a parts list at work I'll post up later. Off the top of my head it was an i5, 8 gigs ram, 120 gig SSD for the operating system (all files are stored on my work server so you'll probably want an additional separate hard drive), firepro v4900 graphics card, msi motherboard. Also the power supply, DVDrom, case and W7 operating system.

All of that totaled $977 and it will blow the fucking doors off any "of the shelf" computer you would buy for 3x as much. I can run Cad and Inventor on dual monitors while playing pandora, writing a proposal, and streaming porn all at the same time and its never skipped a beat.


I've never even opened up a computer case before, and my first build took about a half of a work day. I bought everything from newegg, by the way.


Processor: AMD FX 6100 3.30GHz Six-Core
Motherboard: AMD 970 Chipset
Memory: 16GB DDR3 Ballistix SDRAM (expandable to 32GB)
Hard Drive: 1TB (7200 RPM)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Graphics: 2 x AMD Radeon HD6670 1GB Video Cards in CrossFireX Configuration
Optical Drive: 24X DVD±RW Dual-Layer Drive with LightScribe;
Audio: High Definition 2/4/5.1/7.1 Channel
Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Expansions: Bays Total (Free) - 3 ( 1 ) External 5.25"; 1 ( 1 ) External 3.5"; 5 ( 4 ) Internal 3.5"/2.5"; Slots Total (Free) - 2 ( 2 ) PCI; 3 ( 3 ) PCI Express x1; 2 ( 0 ) PCI Express x16; 4 ( 0 ) DIMM 240-Pin
Connectivity: 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo; 2 x USB 3.0; 10 x USB 2.0 [2 front, 8 rear]; 1 x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T; Audio; 2 x HDMI; 2 x DVI; 2 x D-Sub VGA
Chassis: In-Win BUC 101 Mid-Tower Gaming Case with 650 Watt Power Supply
Accessories: Keyboard and Optical Mouse with Scroll
Service & Support Details: 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty; Free Lifetime Tech Support

Also comes preinstalled with AMD Catalyst software with Overdrive to allow for safe overclocking of the six core processor and both video cards. Processor can be overclocked to 4.6 GHZ (if you upgrade the cooling or keep the house at 40 degrees) and will run 100% stable and only 2 degrees hotter at 4.0 GHZ.

Total cost: $940 shipped
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Thanks guys for all the help! Between chief and SS I have a pretty good idea of what I should be building to.
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