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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-09-2009, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Need a computer built

I would only be using the computer for your average programs like word, excel, etc..

The only programs I would be using that i would really like to run SMOOTH is a game called counter-strike and also autoCAD 2010 for work

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I would only be using the computer for your average programs like word, excel, etc..

The only programs I would be using that i would really like to run SMOOTH is a game called counter-strike and also autoCAD 2010 for work
How much do you wanna spend?
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How much do you wanna spend?
anywhere from $500-$2,000

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anywhere from $500-$2,000
that narrows it down a lot

this site is full of folks with good info. Get more specific on your requirements and you'll get some good feedback.

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Good lord, 2000, that's pushing into Apple money. you could probably build a strong computer for 300-400.
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Good lord, 2000, that's pushing into Apple money. you could probably build a strong computer for 300-400.
A strong computer for $300-400?? I doubt that very much.

Also counter strike? People still play that game? I tried getting back into it about 5 years ago and it was outdated as hell then.
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A strong computer for $300-400?? I doubt that very much.

Also counter strike? People still play that game? I tried getting back into it about 5 years ago and it was outdated as hell then.
Well, I was thinking if you were to use the good parts of your old pc. Memory, hard drive, possibly video card. You don't necessarily have to upgrade everything, depending on your current setup.
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A strong computer for $300-400?? I doubt that very much.

Also counter strike? People still play that game? I tried getting back into it about 5 years ago and it was outdated as hell then.
To run everything he needs to run, yes. Hell the cheapest computer out there will run all that. LOL.

Only thing that will bog you down is AutoCAD 2010 and it only needs 2 gigs of ram.
If you already got a computer. It will probably run everything. You probably just need a faster video card.

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Well, I was thinking if you were to use the good parts of your old pc. Memory, hard drive, possibly video card. You don't necessarily have to upgrade everything, depending on your current setup.
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To run everything he needs to run, yes. Hell the cheapest computer out there will run all that. LOL.

Only thing that will bog you down is AutoCAD 2010 and it only needs 2 gigs of ram.
If you already got a computer. It will probably run everything. You probably just need a faster video card.
Yeah upgrading a couple parts can be done for that cheap but he said he wanted a new computer built. Besides, I know when I set out to "upgrade my desktop" the snowball effect always turns into a whole new rig lol.
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Well, I was thinking if you were to use the good parts of your old pc. Memory, hard drive, possibly video card. You don't necessarily have to upgrade everything, depending on your current setup.
I don't know about you, but I never upgrade a PC without upgrading the RAM. Chances of the old memory being compatible with the new MB are extremely slim in my case.

I also buy the best components I can afford at the time to maximize the longevity of the machine.

For an upgrade, I buy MB, CPU, RAM at a MINIMUM. I might even upgrade the video card.

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Let's be honest. I could build you a very quick computer for $1000 easy. However, something most people won't tell you is with the little what you want to do (none of those programs were even pushing computers 4 years ago) you could easily get away with any cheap computer off the net. As long as it has 2GB of ram and a dual core you will be more than fine. Buy a cheapy $400-500 computer and call it a day, you don't need a custom built system for that.
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Let's be honest. I could build you a very quick computer for $1000 easy. However, something most people won't tell you is with the little what you want to do (none of those programs were even pushing computers 4 years ago) you could easily get away with any cheap computer off the net. As long as it has 2GB of ram and a dual core you will be more than fine. Buy a cheapy $400-500 computer and call it a day, you don't need a custom built system for that.
I agree. You don't need a monster. For ~$1000, I can put together a hotrod. But for what you're "needing," you don't need a hotrod. Now, need does not always = want. So if you want a hotrod, that's a different story I generally try to build with the future in mind. I'd rather spend a little more now and keep it a few years longer as opposed to cheaping out now and building another one sooner than later. Maintenance is important too: dust builds up and can cause components to overheat which shortens their lifespan.
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I agree. You don't need a monster. For ~$1000, I can put together a hotrod. But for what you're "needing," you don't need a hotrod. Now, need does not always = want. So if you want a hotrod, that's a different story I generally try to build with the future in mind. I'd rather spend a little more now and keep it a few years longer as opposed to cheaping out now and building another one sooner than later. Maintenance is important too: dust builds up and can cause components to overheat which shortens their lifespan.
Right now im with no computer I only get online when im at a friends or if im at work most of the time. Id much rather spend the money now and get something worth while then low ball and get something fairly cheap but decent.

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do you plan on doing 3d modeling in cad?

1080P HD takes lots of processor power also. Need to at least have a higher GHZ dual core computer.

For $1000-1500 you can build just about the baddest PC minus $$$$ video cards.

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do you plan on doing 3d modeling in cad?

1080P HD takes lots of processor power also. Need to at least have a higher GHZ dual core computer.

For $1000-1500 you can build just about the baddest PC minus $$$$ video cards.
Yes I do plan on doing 3D modeling as well as 2D.

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Then IMO I would get at least a quad core computer a good amount of ram. It can run a dual core, but it will lag some etc.

Pretty much any $100-150 video card now days will do the job.

I do lots of 3d modeling at work, and my duo core starts lagging BAD when I bring up a good amount of stuff.

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Hop on newegg.com , spend $500 on a quad core computer, and $150 on a video card, just my .02
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to my understanding autoCAD 10 only uses 2 of its processors even with a quad processor like the one i use at work

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I'm just looking for something i can smoothly run autocad 2010 for work and something i can play counter-strike on and also id like that to be running smooth with like 100 fps and im good.

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to my understanding autoCAD 10 only uses 2 of its processors even with a quad processor like the one i use at work
you mean in 10 they still aren't using more cores?

What a shame.

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you mean in 10 they still aren't using more cores?

What a shame.
I know tell me about it we upgraded everyone's computer and bought new ones and everything seems faster but autocad it's still the exact same it seems like

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I agree...no need for a custom build. Buy you a cheaper quad core setup and roll.

Quad core processor
2-4 gigs of ram
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almost any video card out there can play call of duty.
Buy you a nice monitor (you can get some awesome deals on 24" monitors now a days for around$175-200)

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Found this on Slickdeals:
ASUS Core 2 Quad Q8300, 8GB DDR2, 1 TB 7200 rpm, GT220 video card - $419.99 ($463.04 w/ tax) - at BestBuy --- Limited availability!!!
Just got an ASUS ESSENTIO Desktop with Core 2 Quad - Q8300

for 419.99 + 43.05(tax) = 463.04

Warranty Terms - Parts 1 year - Labor 1 year limited

Intel® Core™2 Quad
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System Bus: 1333MHz
Cache Memor: 4MB on die Level 2
System Memory (RAM): 8GB
Expandable To: 16GB
Type of Memory (RAM): DDR2
Hard Drive Type: SATA (7200 rpm)
Hard Drive Size: 1TB
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
Video Memory: 1GB dedicatedAudio
High-definition 7.1-channel (8-speaker configurable)
Network Card: Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
digital media card reader
External: 1 (5.25"); Internal: 1 (3.5")
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USB 2.0 Ports: 10 (4 front, 6 rear)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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