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    Advice on Building a Computer

    hello everybody im looking for advice on building a computer.

    I'd like to use it for CAD modeling (using Pro|E Wildfire) and FEA analysis (using Abaqus) and for more general PC tasks MS Office, playing .mkvs. I'd also like it to be quiet cause at the minute the PC i'm using is loud enough to be annoying when working.

    I'd like advice on what components to buy please

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    Original Poster

    At the minute im using a pre built fujitsu siemens pc comprising of

    AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
    Radeon x1300 graphics card
    2 gig of ram

    Budget?

    Original Poster

    somewhere between not much and as little as possible

    Original Poster

    would it be achievable for about 300?

    hotukdeals.com/ite…pc/
    Had the same budget, although its not a complete system (no graphics card, mouse, keyboard etc, but should give you something to go on, until I or someone else has a look at ebuyer/scan etc for components)

    For your two specialised programs you need to find out what hardware works best with them. Is a fast CPU a good thing? Do they thrive on lots of memory? Can they take advantage of the massively parallel processor of a graphics card?

    For general use anything will do, although if you want video playing it might be worth getting a graphics card or chip that can offload the HD decoding work.

    Quietness is just a matter of buying quiet fans and a quiet HDD. You generally want a case that takes 120mm fans as they're quieter than 80mm ones.

    Original Poster

    thanks for the help so far, i probably should of mentioned that i dont need a hdd, monitor, keyboard, mouse or dvd drive as ill just take them out of this computer.

    guerilla;5276699

    thanks for the help so far, i probably should of mentioned that i dont … thanks for the help so far, i probably should of mentioned that i dont need a hdd, monitor, keyboard, mouse or dvd drive as ill just take them out of this computer.



    So your just looking for MB, processor and ram?

    Well I am upgrading soon and going with:

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    Comes in at about £250. Had plenty of expansion capabilities. Also you can unlock the 4th processor core on the ASrock MB.

    If you're using it for CAD then you want a fast processor and lots of ram.

    Best place to ask though is the forums at [url]www.buildyourown.org.uk[/url] .

    Original Poster

    what do you mean unlock the 4th processor

    The new X3 Phenom 720's are essentially a Phenom X4 but with either a bad 4th core or just a normal X4 with a core disabled. Some have been able to unlock the 4th core.

    Original Poster

    how do you know if its a bad core or a normal one

    guerilla;5281939

    how do you know if its a bad core or a normal one



    You won't until you buy it and try it.
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