Thanks for your suggestions, however be aware that this was built on a budget and that I'm from Argentina, where things are more expensive.
What the end user wanted was a CAD machine that would eventually turn into a gaming rig, but in her priorities, aesthetics were not relevant. So I picked reliable, known, and affordable components.
The Hyper T4 is close to price to the 212 EVO here, which I didn't pick because it costs 60USD here. The Avexir RAM is, regardless of line-up, an exotic RAM brand here, with no affordable and/or reliable RAM sticks. The Corsair RAM was cheap and would not give me headaches since it's on every motherboard manufacturer's QVL.
The EVGA 80+ Bronze PSUs here were way overbudget, costing 100USD for the cheapest, 600W unit. Picking the 430W 80+ White unit was also more than enough, given that whatever GPU will go in later, won't be more than a GTX1060/RX480-class GPU, which combined with a future upgrade to a non-K Core i7, ensures me enough wattage provided. A higher rating would ensure better downtime avoidance, due to their continous power stability, but this PC won't game 24/7 or render 24/7.
And finally, the only brands I deal with in Argentina when it comes to cases, are Sentey, DeepCool, Zalman, ThermalTake and CoolerMaster. Out of those five I use and recommend, I go for DeepCool for the cheapest units. I work with other brands, like NZXT, Lian Li, SilverStone, or Corsair, but normally I leave that to the higher-end stuff and I import it in some cases.
The GA-78LMT family of motherboards by GIGABYTE has the ATi Radeon HD3000 IGP.
That dust, man...! Also, long live Yorkfield ♥
You win some, you lose some, or at least that's how they say. Yet still the plus outshines the minus when it came to that mobo order hahaha!
Good to see old Ivy Bridge still popping up every so often here.
I think you meant 8GB of RAM, unless we are in 1994 once again hahahaha
I have a soft spot for the FX4300, it's that cheap thrill that simply does alright for a LAN Box. +1
Sony Vegas, the software. Radeon is VEGA.
The XFX R9 390X is by far the best 390X card. Also, should be named "Unicorn's Retreat", because puke rainbows. +1
♫ Butterfly in the skyyy... I can go twice as hiiiigh... Take a look, it's in a book, a reading rainbow! ♫
Where I live though 290s are hard to come by, the best deals I find are on HD7970 (my favourite GCN card). I'm planning on doing a build featuring that card.
That's why if you told me to pick an HD7870 or an RX460, I'd definitely go for the 460. 75W vs. >200W is a helluva difference.
Well, actually the RX460 is on par with the best Pitcairn cards, but Pitcairn XT is still superior. It's quite funny you point out the RX460 did lose against your R9 270, because I had an MSI HD7870 Twin Frozr GHz Edition and just like your case, it beat the RX460 by a small margin... Guess Pitcairn refuses to die.
Well, I do hate Seagate, only thing I have from them is a portable drive, and it's 2TB, which is consistent and mildly reliable. Heard that 3 and 6TB Seagate drives have terrible MTBF periods compared to the competition.
Myself I always go for WD, or SanDisk, or HGST. Warranty is what keeps me relieved. That and I've yet to see a WD drive fail on me; even a WD 40GB IDE I have laying around is still going strong.
Well, SanDisk and WD are the same now lol
Jocular comments aside, I feel your pain... Building in ITX can be frustrating.
As for the RX470, the 4GB variant is by far the best price/performance ratio. Good choice there. +1
If there is one nVIDIA Series I love too much, it has to be the 9 Series. Was the owner of a 9800GT, but you have such a beast! And from EVGA, even. Then that Q6600, and the 8GB of DDR2, I fail to see many 8GB RAM-supporting motherboards still standing... +1 for this bucketload of awesomeness.
That vinyl looks so classy. Nice sleeper build, a shame about the 4GB RAM limitation, but yet still I see it does the job quite well. +1
HAHAHA Man, I love me some Sleeper PC greatness! +1 for this build :D
Not going to be brief: Depends on the complexity of your tasks. For this particular scenario, a simple GPU was enough, since it's mainly for educational purposes and College assignments, not something too intensive. The PC is already in my friend's possession, so I will see if I can add photos of it running 3D, but her comment was that it no longer lagged and could do anything without the applications crashing all over the place.
For more complex modelling or rendering though, I'd suggest going for a 1050Ti or, if possible, a 1060, since you have higher memory bandwidth with those cards, and more CUDA cores if the applications support it (Rhino, in this case, does benefit from CUDA, same with 3DS Max, or Maya). AMD cards and their OpenCL support are not left out, however, and if you can snatch something like an unlocked RX460/WX4100 or even older, more powerful GCN cards (though note they will be power-hungry), you can get the job done.
Finally, other areas of improvement could be Dual-Channel RAM, and an SSD.
IMO, if I were to suggest you this build for commercial uses and be as cheap as possible, I'd go with a 240GB SSD in lieu of the HDD, a GTX1050Ti or RX460, and 2x4GB of RAM for Dual-Channel (or 2x8 if you have the extra dough)
212 Evo is a consideration, but here it costs around 60USD for one new. For 30USD I can get a Hyper T2, which guarantees me less clearance issues and, to be fair, despite being small and cute, was able to tame a FX 8-Thread chip (that build I will post soon, was accomplished last year). Will be a sought-after upgrade once we also move from this i5 to a beefier chip.