1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Build Advice Some build advice please

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by smurfkillerbbc, 5 Apr 2010.

  1. smurfkillerbbc

    smurfkillerbbc What's a Dremel?

    Joined:
    5 Apr 2010
    Posts:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Budget:

    Roughly £750

    Main uses of intended build:

    I will be using the computer primarily for CAD and other 3D Modelling. Obviously the budget limits the graphics card to something low, not the industry standard ones which are like a couple of grand.

    Parts required:

    I was looking at the i7 930 with a reasonable motherboard for around 100 - 150. But it would be good to know if this is necessary for programs such as solidworks etc. or if an i5 overclocked would do the job just as well and save me some money.

    Previous build information (list details of parts):

    Samsung R70 laptop. Nothing much of interest here.

    Monitor resolution:

    1920 x 1080
    Storage requirements:

    This is fairly unimportant. to give you and idea, 320GB would be more than enough to start. no need for any SSD

    Will you be overclocking: yes/no (delete as required)

    If necessary. Price dependent as in, if a easily overclocked motherboard is going to cost much more and put me over budget I can forego it and accept a less expensive one.

    Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers):

    USB 3.0 would be nice but not necessary, also Xfire/SLI would be good so i could extend my system at a later date to be able to cope with top spec gaming aswell

    Extra information about desired system:


    no OS required
     
    Last edited: 5 Apr 2010
  2. rollo

    rollo Modder

    Joined:
    16 May 2008
    Posts:
    7,882
    Likes Received:
    128
    if price includes OS you wont get a i930 on your budget you might not anyway
     
  3. smurfkillerbbc

    smurfkillerbbc What's a Dremel?

    Joined:
    5 Apr 2010
    Posts:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sorry I've made the appropriate edit to thread, I wouldn't need an OS as I already have ubuntu and windows 7 on disc. Also I appreciate the budget is pretty tight for an i930 which is why I was wondering if an overclocked i5 would be just as good for CAD.

    Cheers.
     
  4. masterjonny

    masterjonny What's a Dremel?

    Joined:
    5 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    316
    Likes Received:
    23
    Having the disc is all well and good, but if you've already installed it on one machine, it won't let you install it on another.

    This http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/buyers-guide/2010/03/09/pc-hardware-buyers-guide-march-2010/3 fit's pretty much smack bang on your budget, but includes an i5. Having never done CAD or anythinig similar I won't even guess how it performs. Wait for someone cleverer to come along :p

    If your not into gaming however and the build will be primarily a workhorse you could drop the graphics card to something like an ATi 5450, which might leave you some money to wiggle an i7 930 in and companion X58 board.

    That graphics card is weak yeah, but if it's never got games to worry about, it will (should) handle your CAD work just fine, and the HD playback etc. I mean, it might be 40 quid, but it's likely still a step up from the integrated one you have in your laptop now :lol:
     
  5. Seeks

    Seeks Minimodder

    Joined:
    13 Feb 2010
    Posts:
    367
    Likes Received:
    32
    I am using an i5 750 and do some CAD and solidworks. The most important thing I have found with CAD is RAM and not CPU so I dont think going for the lower CPU is an issue
     
  6. smurfkillerbbc

    smurfkillerbbc What's a Dremel?

    Joined:
    5 Apr 2010
    Posts:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks guys this has been helpful.
     

Share This Page