Description

This build primarily for my uncle who's fonally ovong his work out of a 10 year old Pentium 4 Dell. He happens to rely on an older version of AutoCAD (2008) which happens to be a 32 bit version. This kinda made me cringe a bit (for some reason I thought 64 bit Windows ran 32 bit programs..?) but figured that for a program that old I wouldn't need to bother with memory issues. Most of the parts were bought around Black Friday/Cyber Monday bit didn't arrive until recently for some reason.

CPU: For the CPU I went with something that'll last about the same as that Pentium did and also perform pretty well with AutoCAD. I settled with the FX-6300 since its got plenty of power to work with AutoCAD as well as work through different instances of it.

CPU Cooler: At first I thought the stock cooler would suffice but then I figured I'd just go with this little guy, since this PC isn't going to see any overclocking anytime soon. It runs quiet, idling at about 35°C and mounts really well with the standard AMD clamp mechanism, although the Intel mounts do seem kinda cheap for this cooler.

Motherboard: I actually don't even remember why I even listed this motherboard but despite its few drawbacks (SATA II instead of III, PCIe 2 instead of 3) it's a pretty great motherboard with neat features. My only complaint about it are the two fan headers, most cases have at least two extra fans.

Memory: 4 gigs to max out the 32 bit OS. Nothing else, it's plenty fast and short enough to not be bumped by the T2

HDD: Decent speed even for a platter drive, I might convince him to get an SSD for a boot drive though. Runs pretty quiet as well.

GPU: This was kinda tough and still makes me think about whether or not it was a good choice, I figured if he upgrades his AutoCAD later on that it would take advantage of the CUDA cores of the quadro. He also wanted to be able to add in a dual monitor setup as well.

Case: Pretty simple case, looks a bit better in person than I thought, ventilation is decent even with the FX-6300 in there. Cable management however is abysmal in here since you're kind of left tucking all the cables up in the drive cage. In the end it is a budget case so I managed to do what I could, a modular power supply really would have helped too.

Power Supply: I believe this was on sale for about $20. It's 80+ and based from some research it seems pretty reliable. As it was mentioned earlier this or any non modular power supply with the rosewill case aren't a great pairing due the the lack of any cable management.

Disc Drive: He wanted one so I threw it in, good thing too since they actually shipped an actual windows 7 CD instead of the usual download.

OS: They still ship Windows 7 OEM discs apparently, was pretty surprised about this then again it's the 32 bit version so they must have quite a few of those floating around.

This is actually my first official build and sadly it isn't even for me, however it was really fun and satisfying to watch it boot up and actually work. I'm looking forward to building more PCs~!

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but FYI, I'm running AutoCAD 2002 at work on Windows 7 64 bit and I'm also running AutoCAD 2005 on Windows 7 and Windows 10 64 bit at home so I don't see why you should have any trouble running AutoCAD 2008.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

So I wasn't seeing things, he had told me he was having trouble installing it on his 64 bit machine even with the compatibility mode on and all but I think he might have missed something.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps. I have never used 2008 so maybe that version is different.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's so nice to see a non-gaming machine. Incidentally, I used that case's cousin, the FBM-05, and the exact same PSU for a build at one point. It looked like a tentacle monster vomited into the case. I understand your pain. :X

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah.. It took me a while on figuring out where and how to stuff them, especially since I was limited on bread ties.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

NICE. His was one of the weird BTX Optiplex, had 10 years of dust when I added an SSD to it.