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Oliveoil
2011-07-02T10:00:11Z

Hello guys 🙂,

I have a friend that needs a new computer. He mostly will be using it for Computer Aided Design/CAD software and 3D modeling/rendering with programs such as AUTOCAD, Autodesk inventor, CATIA and more. Can anyone suggest a build that is in the budget of around 1500$?

Thnx

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2011-07-02T11:34:39Z

I'm on it.

EDIT: Here it is.

Super Dave
2011-07-04T00:04:23Z

Nice, but I'd be afraid to purchase an open box motherboard!

Oliveoil
2011-07-04T17:55:16Z

Thnx for the reply, i got a few questions.

1. Wouldn't it be better to have faster RAM (1600 mhz)?

2. If so, what would be best for a workstation (H61/H67/P67/Z68)

3. How does the Quadro 4000 compare to AMD's Firepro or with a gaming card like GTX 580 for 3D programs? I know for similar prices there is the Firepro V5900 or Firepro V7900.

4. With either GPU's, is the 600W PSU enough?

realneil
2011-07-04T17:57:55Z

Super Dave wrote:

Nice, but I'd be afraid to purchase an open box motherboard!

I've bought three of them before. They all worked great.

 

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2011-07-04T20:41:17Z

Oliveoil wrote:

1. Wouldn't it be better to have faster RAM (1600 mhz)?

1333MHz RAM would work well plus it'd be additionally overclockable to 1600 MHz.

Oliveoil wrote:

2. If so, what would be best for a workstation (H61/H67/P67/Z68)

H61 and H67 would be fine for what you need. Sandy Bridge is generally fast and the only benefits that P67 would offer you is more power and overclocking options (with an unlocked processor), which I think your friend will barely need.

Oliveoil wrote:

3. How does the Quadro 4000 compare to AMD's Firepro or with a gaming card like GTX 580 for 3D programs? I know for similar prices there is the Firepro V5900 or Firepro V7900.

It compares in the fact that it's well, fast in those 3D applications that your friend might use. I don't know if the 580 is suited for those type of 3D programs or if the 3D programs on the Firepro V5900 or V7900 would be faster then the card I listed but I did pick that card because it would be fast and cheap (ie. under the $1,500 barrier.)

Oliveoil wrote:

4. With either GPU's, is the 600W PSU enough?

Yes, you're not going to be running more then one card or overclocking so the 600W should provide you with enough juice for the future, and since it's a good PSU, it's more likely it's going to last very long and output clean power to system (OCZ is a trusted brand btw.)

Oliveoil
2011-07-04T21:43:47Z

Thanks for the detailed response! I'll come back if i have any more questions

realneil
2011-07-04T22:12:13Z

Oliveoil wrote:

How does the Quadro 4000 compare to AMD's Firepro or with a gaming card like GTX 580 for 3D programs? I know for similar prices there is the Firepro V5900 or Firepro V7900.

The AMD cards have driver issues, and someone near and dear to us here, swears that NVIDIA is the way to go for Professional use. The GTX580 is an enthusiast's gaming card and not meant for rendering on the scale that your friend will be doing. So Taylor's choice is a good one.

Oliveoil wrote:

Wouldn't it be better to have faster RAM (1600 mhz)?

No, because for professional use you never, ever, overclock your system. 1600MHz ram is an OC specification. These systems are designed for 1333MHz. RAM at stock speeds. Doubling the RAM to 16GB would help a lot for the large files he'll be handling.

Oliveoil wrote:

With either GPU's, is the 600W PSU enough?

The key here is system stability and dependable, constant power to the system. 600 will be enough to do the job as long as you buy a quality PSU. I always use SeaSonic Brand power supplies for those reasons.


Oliveoil
2011-07-06T12:11:34Z

Now i don't know which motherboard to pick...

For similar prices i can either get the H67 or the Z68. Should i just go with the z68 since it offers more features for like the same price?

http://www.newegg.ca/Pro...spx?Item=N82E16813128495 

http://www.newegg.ca/Pro...spx?Item=N82E16813131711 

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2011-07-06T13:23:32Z

Both motherboards seem good. I don't know the exact benefits over Z68 over H67 but if you want the extra features, go for the Gigabyte.

If not, go for the ASUS, they seem to be a pretty reliable brand.

realneil
2011-07-06T16:18:27Z

Of course choose the Z68 chipset. It has all of the features of the H67 and more. The extras equate to some nice bling, even if it's not used right away. It CAN be used at a later date.

rrplay
2011-07-06T17:34:25Z

if you should go with the Gigabyte board and I think you should get the Z68

and need 8GBs of ram here are some to consider 2@4GB sticks

G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231401   129.00

Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX      93.00
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173


Corsair CMP8GX3M2A1600C8      118.00
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145344

not sure how your budget looks now but these memory suggestions for the GB board but these memory kits are going to work extremely well

if the cash get tight the HyperX sticks are underrated and will give really good performance for the price.