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Right in the middle of the build. Assembled, OS in, SSD aligned and getting ready for the polishing touches.

$600 Workstation? YOWZA!

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  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

I gave you an upvote for this. People read the comments. XP. Very good build for $500.

+1

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

Honestly man this isn't a workstation with those components. Yeah this could run CAD but your GPU and CPU will limit you a lot. That's if you have a ton of layers, profiles, surfaces, corridors, and other grading feathers in a single drawing. If you went AMD with those prices a APU would have been better because of the single thread performance being better and if you went Intel the i3. CAD is still a single threaded application which is ridiculous.

Other then that nice build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 7 points

True. Because of legacy Win XP at this business, this is going to be an XP only build initially.

XP won't support AMD APU's

My CAD/CAM software shows an affinity for 4 cores.

I was given a target budget of $500.

The project they started brought everything in their shop to its knees.

It's coming together still, I'll have some comparisons later on.

I wanted the 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 Ram, cause they were viewing the model at about 1/2 FPS.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

FX-4350 is 2M/4T it's not a true quad-core.

You should have gotten a Phenom II X4 off ebay. It would have been a hell of a lot cheaper and performance would be higher.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I had approximately one hour to assemble the list of components, all from Amazon and all qualifying for Next Day Air.

I had to go through and change many just to get the Friday delivery.

Parts came Friday 1:00PM

It's now 12:00 Noon Sat.

The Box is updating all its OS components as I type this.

Trust me, I discovered so many mistakes during this 24 hr build that I'm still very disappointed in myself.

But we're going to be Modelling and Cutting after lunch :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's a nice low budget computer, but not really a workstation. Also probably overpaid a bit on that ram. You can get a 2x4GB 1600MHz kit for around $60 or even cheaper.

How is that case+psu holding up? It seems like a good pick for a really low budget computer, but is it noisy?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is actually fairly nice, only one 92mm fan though. Hardly any noise. I added one blue led 80mm fan to the front.

The 400W power supply turned out to NOT HAVE A PCI-E power connector and I needed one for the 650.

That really pissed me off, but got a $40 replacement at Fry's in a short time.

Yeah, prolly could have gotten a cheaper deal on the RAM. I always liked having high bandwidth on board, and the RAM is running at 1800 OK.

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

He said his CAD/CAM software shows a liking to 4 cores.

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

The fx-4350 doesn't have four cores, two physical cores and 4 logical cores

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

This is incorrect. No AMD processor has logical cores. Not even Intel uses logical cores.

Intel uses phsyical cores, which can be set to run as two logical threads per core with Hyperthreading enabled. Hence the name Hyperthreading.

Intel i3's have two physical cores with hyperthreading enabled, for a total of four logical threads.

AMD FX processors have physical cores and that's it. The FX-4350 does have four cores. They may not perform as well as four Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge/Haswell cores, but there are still four cores for the system to use.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

Sorry, thanks for correcting me *threads

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  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

I don't know, ask him.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

I didn't think XP or the software would use the two extra cores. I was attempting an older, brute force method. The CPU is stable with 4 cores at 4.5Ghz and I confirmed that the OS is seeing and using all four cores.

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