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Dec 14, 2011
Sorry for the horrible title, I'm a mechanical engineer and I need to get a parts list for a computer by Monday morning. I was given a little budget of 2k to build a workstation pc including mouse keyboard and screen, (I need everything except software). I'll be using this computer for Solidworks, cad cam, inventor, autocad. I need pretty much everything. I use to be into videogames years ago and know nothing now. Size doesn't matter pc case wise, but I need a xeon processor, 32gb ecc ram and probably no more than 512gb ssd. everything gets backed up on a server. Not sure if I need a workstation card, my friend recommended m4000 but its around $850 and has no reviews.

Thank you.


Senior Member
Dec 27, 2008
This might help. http://www.computeraideddesignguide.com/best-graphics-card-for-cad-programs/ Doesn't sound like from this article that you need to put $800 into a video card to get the job done. I would recommend the Samsong EVO series SSD drives. Spend some money on a quality PSU. The EVGA Supernova GS series is a favorite around here. You won't need a high wattage unit. 600W should be more than enough.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...H8287&cm_re=intel_xeon-_-19-117-617-_-Product = $370

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...t_1151_motherboard_ECC-_-13-132-726-_-Product = $135

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139058 = $60

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148840&cm_re=ECC_RAM-_-20-148-840-_-Product = $180

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1N83UB7918 = $70

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147373 = $160

GPU: http://www.amazon.com/PNY-Video-Graphics-Cards-VCQK620-PB/dp/B00MO4RDBY?tag=cadsite-20 = $157
or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UPHAT2C/ref=psdc_284822_t1_B00MO4RDBY

Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153 = $162

Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $20

2xSATA 18" cable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...4558&cm_re=SATA_cables-_-12-200-108-_-Product = $13.10

Wireless Keyboard and Mouse combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...yboard_and_mouse_combo-_-23-126-188-_-Product = $30

Total = $1357 plus a little shipping. That's with the cheaper video card. And I don't know if CAD stuff requires a special mouse or not.

Will you need to purchase the OS too?

This should put you well under $2000.
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