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Hello people,

Sorry for posting this here i didn know where else to post it.

So i am making a new build for a colleague at the office for Autocad/ Archicad.

He is using a Imac 27" right now but it gets very hot when rendering a drawing and it takes like a hour, hour and fifteen minutes to complete one of four steps in the rendering.

The imac has a i7 12 gb of ram.

I was considering this build to replace the imac:

i7 3770k ( for possible Ocing)
Sabertooth z77
Corsair vengeance Cmz16gx3m2a1866c9 memory
Powersupply cx 600
Monitor 42713HM
SSD M4 128 as primary
WD black 1tb for secondary
Corsair iH80 water cooling

so this is where i get stuck a little with the gpu i was thinking about a quadro (fx) 2000 or will a gtx 670/680 for example be good for it aswell?

So basically will this setup increase the speed of the renderings over the Imac?

Or will the time for rendering be the same as the Imac?

Hopefully you have some advice for me on this.

Best regards Pepey
Edited by Pepey - 5/14/13 at 12:49am
post #2 of 7
i'd suggest getting an asus p8z77-v pro instead of the sabertooth. same board just no "tuff" armor (which won't be needed for this)

a 680 looks like it will work fine:
Quote:
As you can see, the gaming card GeForce GTX 680 is very close in performance to the Quadro K5000. The latter isn’t much different from the previous-generation professional card, either, except for specific situations. They differ when you enable specific visual styles in AutoCAD 2013.
The Quadro K5000 turns out to be better than the other graphics cards at processing 2D design drawings with the Hidden style when objects are represented as carcasses and you can’t see their back edges. The Fermi-based professional card is best in the Wireframe and Conceptual modes whereas the gaming card is most efficient with the Realistic style.
SOURCE


sorry, i can't say anything about a comparison to an imac.
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Thanks for the reply, will check into the source you posted i think i have read it before but not sure.

If anyone else has some experience with the Imac performance wise over the self build system would appreciate the input.

I want to be sure before spending 2500$ on a system if its not a real improvement over the Imac.

best regards Pepey
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So no one else has any experience with archicad /autocad on Imac? or has tested a few different builds? like the ones i posted?

Anyway thanks in advance
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I use autodesk maya and stuff and I will say one thing, stay away from gtx and radeon cards. If you are serious about what you do you need a professional video card, something from the quadro series or the AMD equivalent. Also I would probably go ahead and get 16gb of ram because those applications use a lot of memory and it is cheap.

Edit: My gtx 480's struggle.
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you'll need the power of the 3930k. Go the x79 route you won't regret it
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you'll need the power of the 3930k. Go the x79 route you won't regret it
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