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Wannabe Geek

#92249 29-Oct-2011 21:53
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Hi guys this is my first post here so bare with me if I don’t know a lot about this stuff so any help would be appreciated :)


I am an architecture student and am planning on upgrading my desktop pc that has been sitting around for the past few months. I have mainly been using it for iTunes for the last 6months because it only has a dual core 2.0Ghz processor. I want to upgrade it over the next month so I can use it mainly Photoshop, in-design etc, and possibly if I stick with architecture archiCAD/AutoCAD/revit.


The first thing I am going to buy is a new case as my one is completely broken and none of the usb ports work. I was thinking something like the Coolermaster CM 690 II. The only real requirements I have for a case is hopefully 3USB ports and a HDD dock on the top for easily backing up my designs. I defiantly don’t want to spend over about $190ish on a case.

If I buy the case first I can chuck the stuff I’ve got in it until I get the new motherboard and CPU.


I’m sure that ill need a new CPU and I really don’t know much about them, but I’m guessing that I will need a new motherboard as well?? I was thinking something like this

Might be good but I don’t need the RAM.


Any help you guys can give me would be great J

My budget isn’t big which is why I will not be buying all the stuff at the same time. If you can suggest a place to buy as well that would be great, I saw has good prices?


Thanks for the help any way guys. 

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Uber Geek

  #539139 29-Oct-2011 23:18
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You can probably do a little cheaper than that Kit if you shop around, but it is pretty good.

Case- No more than $150, can easily pick up a good cooler master for that.
CPU- I5 is great, you may get away with an I3 and a graphics card as all those programs use CUDA AFAIK.

Ram- Chances are you will need RAM as you probably only have ddr2 and will need ddr3 for any upgrade.

Mobo- Lots of choice, get something with at least one PCI-E x16 slot and lots of expansion slots. An ATX intel 1155 mobo will be needed.

Graphics card- not mentioned by you, but if you get a midrange nvidia graphics card you should be able to use it for CUDA to offload processing work and speed things up with all the programs you are using. 

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Wannabe Geek

  #539160 30-Oct-2011 00:24
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any chance you can recomend a case with a top hotswapable SATA hard drive dock for under $150?

I have a couple of sticks of ddr3 ram from a friend, i also have a 512mb graphics card which i will defently upgrade but possably not untill i have the rest of the system. 

would i also need a new power supply? i think the one in the current system is about 350-400w 

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