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$1,100 Workstation Build - Advice?

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Hey Guys, Im building a PC with the intention of it replacing my aging laptop. This computer will be used almost exclusive for 3D modeling and rendering purposes. I might game on it in the future if Diablo 3 ever comes out. But the main programs it'll run are Solidworks, 3Ds Max, Keyshot, Maxwell, vRay and Photoshop. Maybe Bunkspeed shot aswell. (It's a GPU based renderer.)

I plan to do a tiny bit of overclocking nothing over the top. Probably will stick to 4.0-4.5 range on the i7 2600k. Which is apparently pretty easy.

I've already bought a few items. Mainly just what I've seen that was a good deal. But the other parts are still up for change. Also getting a good deal on my GPU from a guy at work. Seems like a good price right? I think he installed it for a few hours then switched to a Radeon card. So its pretty much NIB.

Lastly not sure about my storage, just put in what the most recommended drives were. The storage drives will hold a lot of 3D data an models, but they probably wont be accessed a bunch. So its a slower 2TB alright or should I stick with the faster 1TB. Not sure I'd even need the full 1TB.

Thanks everyone


Already Bought
CASE: COOLER MASTER CM690 II ADV - $75
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W - $85
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1866 - $70

Potential
CPU: i7 2600k
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 - $180
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB - $110 or ?
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $65 or
Samsung Spinpint F4 2TB - 80
COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $25
GPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II - 200
Edited by sain - 5/29/11 at 1:10pm
post #2 of 8
Looks good!
Though if you want to use Virtu, get a non-GIGABYTE motherboard. They do not support Virtu.
ALso, try and get a better cooler if you are going to OC.
    
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That's a very good build and your cooler is perfectly fine if you're not planning to go for a large overclock.
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB Toshiba HDKPC08 3TB Samsung 840 Evo 120GB 
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The corsair H50 is on sale for 40ish right now. If it worth the extra 15 to pick it up instead?

As for overclocking I'm trying to keep it simple. Id figure why not over clock a tad bit. I know the Gigabyte offers a couple simple auto OC settings, which I'll probabbly use untill I learn more about OC'ing.
post #5 of 8
You need a Quadro or FireGL card for all that "architecture" work
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Originally Posted by Faisal11iraq View Post
You need a Quadro or FireGL card for all that "architecture" work
True.

And yes, you should try to get the H50.
    
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You need a Quadro or FireGL card for all that "architecture" work
Do you think a Quadro Card will be a better choice. They all seemed more expensive than a comparable gaming card.

I'm not doing very large complex scenes or highly textured models. (Product/Industrial Design student not animation or arch viz) So my guess was that the 560ti would be robust enough handle whatever I threw at it.
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Do you think a Quadro Card will be a better choice. They all seemed more expensive than a comparable gaming card.

I'm not doing very large complex scenes or highly textured models. (Product/Industrial Design student not animation or arch viz) So my guess was that the 560ti would be robust enough handle whatever I threw at it.
The 560 will indeed render whatever you give it; however, speed performance and durability may be affected.
It comes down to you. If you need fast renders and something that is OPTIMIZED for rendering and not games, go for a quadro or firegl
    
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