$900~ Solidworks/3ds Workstation


Jul 27, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $800 - 900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Modelling on Solidworks and rendering on 3dsmax (I am an industrial design student so nothing overly complex.), Adobe PS/Illustrator/InDesign, other general use. Not a big gamer.

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Mouse/KB

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://msy.com.au/ or http://pccasegear.com/

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: would like the option to do so in the future, but can do without.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here's what I've come up with:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K - $212

Motherboard: ASRock P67 Pro3 Motherboard B3 - $135

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1333 - $66

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB - $65

Graphics: nVidia Quadro 600 1gb - $179 on eBay

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 335 Case - $45 (is this too cheap?)

PSU: Corsair 430CX ATX Power Supply Unit - $58

Optical: Lite-On SATA DVD RW - $25

Monitor: LG 23" W2343T-PF 5ms HD DVI - $148

Total: $933

I am also wondering if it would be possible to use a Xeon E3 1245 ($289) with a H67 motherboard ($100), and use the integrated P3000 graphics on the xeon instead of buying the Quadro 600. This would bring the total down to $796. Is this combo compatible? or is it necessary to get a C206 motherboard to use xeon?