- 71 months ago
I am almost at the end stage of building my first Desktop PC. Before this, I have only had laptops which have failed within a year or so. I play no games whatsoever.
My main high performance uses are: CAD 3D Design (Solidworks, CATIA), RAW Photo Editing (Photoshop), some 1080p video playback and editing (VLC,etc).
I know it is difficult, but I am on a very tight budget. Hoping to spend as little as possible for a good, long lasting computer to meet my needs. My build below is about $600 without monitor, and I would like not to exceed this too much. I would appreciate EVERY bit of help, tips, recommendations, advice, and/or changes towards my first built computer here:
-Having trouble deciding btw the Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply and the Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply. I have found a deal where the 450W gold is about the same price as the 500W Bronze.
Do I need the extra wattage, or is the 450W okay?
-Do I need a CPU Cooler at first, or will it just add to noise?
-I don’t want to spend much on the case. Can I just use an (very) old one from a friend of mine, or could there be problems? -Are there any compatibility issues? -Will the System be good enough for student-use of CAD Software? (Not heavy professional, just intermediate.) -Is it too good, and I could cut some prices anywhere? -Any other things I should watch out for, change before ordering the parts?
Thank you so much for your help! n00b here clearly. ;/