QUOTE(Squirrelboy @ Mar 11 2008, 11:28 PM) [snapback]1398652[/snapback]
You're looking to run a CAD program on it?
I have a 2.1 ghz dual core and 2 gigs of ram. My graphics card wouldn't cost more than 100 bucks I'm sure, but I can run Solidworks at the highest settings. I could also run Crysis on High. My pc wouldn't cost more than 400 bucks I'm sure.
Look into what components you will actually need. Save money. Just cause you have 2 grand to spend on a pc, doesn't mean you need to. You could put a really god pc together and have enough money left over for a huge flatscreen and mabe stereo system.
I don't think he meant CAD as in the program. I think he meant Canadian dollars.
I agree with you about saving on the cash. I built my last two PCs and both were in the 2K and up range. I realized recently that even as a gamer it is not worth it. In fact I will continue to build my PCs but I will definitely cut down on costs as much as possible. The reason I feel it's not worth it is because even if you play games it doesn't justify paying so much. PCs are best for FPS and RTS games and decent ones don't come around often for me because I'm not a big RTS fan. So I only get a few months of decent gaming every year. Unless you buy new PC games all the time I think it is a waste of money building a 2K+ system. The only other reason for a high end system like that is video editing. If you're really into video editing your better off with a MAC anyway.
I have seen really nice specs on manufactured PCs these days for cheap. I have seen a quad core system for about $600... just to give you an idea of what's out there.