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Old 09-14-2008, 08:55 AM   #1
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Default Building a computer to run this program but be able to expand later

I just found out that I will need to be running this program.http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...112&id=8447065

And my current computer just barely meets the minimum requirements.
Intel Pentium M processor 1500MHz. 1.5GHZ and 1.0 Gb Ram (maximum for this system)

What I need is a computer that run this program with the recommended setup, But be able to be expanded so that I will be able to game, i.e. FPS and RTS.

Is it worth it to use the DDR3 RAM or should I stay with DDR2?

Cost: 500-700$

Parts I already own: Not Many
Antec 900: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...c%20900http://

A Viewsonic Monitor: http://www.viewsonic.com/products/de...series/va712b/

Thats about it.


Thank you very much in advance
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:47 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums

It seems you already know about Newegg That's good.

CPU : 6000+ X2 - Best for your budget I think.

Mobo: Sapphire 780G - One of the better 780G boards that has the VRM to handle 125W TDP CPUs

Memory: Geil Black Dragon 4GB

PSU: Antec Neo 500W

GPU: EVGA 9800GT - You have a 17" monitor, so I think a HD 4850 would be overkill.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 750GB

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Current AMD platforms don't support it. Current Intel FSB based platforms bottleneck it, so no, ATM, it's not worth it.
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:09 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums

It seems you already know about Newegg That's good.

CPU : 6000+ X2 - Best for your budget I think.

Mobo: Sapphire 780G - One of the better 780G boards that has the VRM to handle 125W TDP CPUs

Memory: Geil Black Dragon 4GB

PSU: Antec Neo 500W

GPU: EVGA 9800GT - You have a 17" monitor, so I think a HD 4850 would be overkill.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 750GB


Current AMD platforms don't support it. Current Intel FSB based platforms bottleneck it, so no, ATM, it's not worth it.
Those are great choices. However, I would switch out the Antec Neo for the Anteq Basiq (OEM) which is $20 cheaper and a hella of PSU.

I personally would go with the Biostar TA770 (Mobo). I am currently using this and it performs great.

As for the CPU cooler: Xigmatek HDT. Heard good things about them.

edit: If you want more power though, go with the Antec Neo. It has 3 12V rails with 17A on each rail as compared to the Basiq which has 2 12V Rails with 18A on each.
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:38 AM   #4
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Challenging me?

The Neo is a higher quality unit than the Basiq Power, which is quite cheaply made. I thought it was a great deal at $60, when it's normally $100+.
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All 780G boards have the newer SB700 southbridge which not only enable better overclocking on the Phenoms, but have many more SATA connections etc. And having integrated as a backup is always a plus.

I didn't add a cooler because it sounded as though he wasn't overclocking.
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Challenging me?
Guess I lost =\
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Nah, you often bring up things I didn't even think about. You're probably one of the most knowledgeable members of this forum now.

And you have more rep than me, I worship you
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I'm not really planning on OC'ing in the near future. I have to rely on this computer for school and even the small chance of catastrophic failure is too big of a chance.

Thanks for your assistance.
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You're going to put a piece of software that costs $5295.00 and game on the same machine? If you suffer a crash because of something that happens while gaming it very well could take your high dollar cad program with it.
When you use software that costs more than the computer does, you build a dedicated machine for it to run on. Screw gaming on that machine.
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You're going to put a piece of software that costs $5295.00 and game on the same machine? If you suffer a crash because of something that happens while gaming it very well could take your high dollar cad program with it.
When you use software that costs more than the computer does, you build a dedicated machine for it to run on. Screw gaming on that machine.
Exactly. My dad bought a new laptop just so he could use a US$65,000 program on it for 30 days (he received it @ a VR convention)
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