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    $1200 budget and have questions

    I have finally decided to hire a drafter and I can spend around $1,200 for everything (monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. but not software) and I would prefer to stay closer to the $1k mark.

    I don't mind building and you guys seem to have a great grasp of what Revit really needs to run smoothly.

    Here's what I understand from doing some searching:
    i7 2600k, 8gb's ram, and I'm still not smart enough for GPU's.

    Can one of you fine people help me with a shopping list from tiger direct, or would it be better to buy a complete box from a large manufacturer?

    #2
    I will scrounge up the machine I built about a year ago. Client is running 2012 on it, no hitch. It's a budget build and I believe the final price was sub $800 so you can scrounge up a monitor (since mouse and keyboard are pretty much free unless you're looking high end on those) and stay below $1k. I'll PM you the shopping list when I find it.
    .Carl - Architect, BIM Manager, Father, Husband, Coach, Player, Disc Tosser, Driver... not necessarily in that order.

    Free Revit Chat | Cre8iveThings Blog | Live Architecture! | Past Live Architecture!

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      #3
      First let me say that, IMHO, a $1,200 budget, including a display, is not enough of a budget... i.e. I don't recommend this (US$1,500 for a workstation, plus US$500 for a professional 24" display is a more appropriate "budget" system). That being said, this is about as low as I would go for an i7-2600 system:

      1 Intel BOXDH67GDB3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel MotherboardModel #:BOXDH67GDB3Item #:N82E16813121509Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $109.99 -$7.00 Instant $102.99
      1 Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600Model #:BX80623I72600Item #:N82E16819115071Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return PolicyIn Stock $299.99 $299.99
      1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare DriveModel #:WD5002AALXItem #:N82E16822136795Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $119.99 $119.99
      1 EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video CardModel #:01G-P3-1556-KRItem #:N82E16814130625Return Policy:VGA Standard Return PolicyIn StockMail in Rebate Card $139.99 -$2.00 Instant $137.99
      1 Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power SupplyModel #:Three Hundred + BP43Item #:N82E16811129065Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return PolicyIn StockMail in Rebate $99.95 -$15.00 Instant $84.95
      1 Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9K2/8GModel #:KVR1333D3N9K2/8GItem #:N82E16820139075Return Policy:Memory Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $49.99 $49.99
      1 LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEMModel #:GH22NS70 OEMItem #:N82E16827136238Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $18.99 $18.99
      1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEMModel #:GFC-02050Item #:N82E16832116986Return Policy:Software Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $99.99 $99.99
      Subtotal: $914.88
      All parts from newegg. That does not include a monitor/keyboard/mouse. If you need to get it down further, get an i5-2500 instead of the i7-2600.

      Can you get cheaper versions of most of those components? Yes. But if someone's going to stuff a bunch of crap into a box, get an HP or Dell with a next-day on-site warranty instead.

      (I just threw that system together - I take no responsibility for it working )

      :beer:

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        #4
        Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it.

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          #5
          While I usually don't care for them....Dell's Vostro line seems pretty close to your budget...

          i7 2600, 8gb RAM, Win 7 Pro, 500gb HD, 23" monitor (1), keyboard & Mouse, DVD-RW for $1098...

          Go with the cheapest Vid card they have and purchase that 550ti Iru mentioned and you should make budget..
          $1200 is possible if you already have the monitors...

          Another option is at Costco
          Same issue as the other...you can try out the vid card that it comes with or switch it out for something else later...but this one has a 24" Monitor
          Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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            #6
            The card in Iru's post is too big to fit in the vostro box, and you will need a better power supply see this post: http://www.revitforum.org/hardware-i...gestion-5.html
            Rick Moore, AIA
            Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects

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              #7
              I think this is a pretty good call. As Rick pointed out, swapping video cards isn't going to work without also swapping PSUs, but with an upgrade to the HD 6670, I think he'd be set okay for a low-budget machine. The 6670 won't win any gamer honors, but it's "good enough" at that price point. However I would definitely recommend springing for the longer warranty.

              Originally posted by MPwuzhere View Post
              While I usually don't care for them....Dell's Vostro line seems pretty close to your budget...

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                #8
                Case in point: Our designer was having problems with Lumion, so IT tried a GPU swap in an HP z400 workstation. Didn't work, so he tried swapping in a larger PSU also.. still didn't work. Kudos to HP for making non upgradable machines!
                .Carl - Architect, BIM Manager, Father, Husband, Coach, Player, Disc Tosser, Driver... not necessarily in that order.

                Free Revit Chat | Cre8iveThings Blog | Live Architecture! | Past Live Architecture!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by revittotd View Post
                  Kudos to HP for making non upgradable machines!
                  ...a desktop like a laptop
                  Revit Architecture 2013 Certified Professional

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                    #10
                    BTW, bad time to have to buy a HDD... prices have recently been spiking through the roof because of flooding in Thailand where many drives/drive parts are manufactured. I was just looking to pick up another 2TB WD Green for personal use, and I couldn't believe the price! 14 months ago, I paid $120. Today, it's going for $150! I'm pretty sure they were around $100 a couple months ago.

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