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I'm building my potential father in law a computer for his business, So I'd really prefer to get this one right. He's an architect, and would like a computer optimized for AutoCAD revit. From what I've read the 3D renders are mostly CPU intensive, with the GPU only coming in for the shading.

Here's my build so far:

Mobo: ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) (Wasn't sure I wanted 4770k because its more expensive for not a lot more power)
GPU: ASUS GTX650TI-O-1GD5 GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit
PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold
RAM: AMD Radeon™ RE1600 Entertainment Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (I've heard good things about this RAM thought I'd try it out.
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM
Heatsink:Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler (He wants something pretty quiet)

Has anyone built a computer for AutoCAD revit before?

Any help is appreciated and rewarded with REP.
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MOBO: The Z75 mobo is questionable quality. I'd go with an ASUS or Gigabyte board. If you just want something that is decent for cheap, go with a Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH , Z77X-UD5H or an ASUS p8Z77-V Pro (both ~$200). Cheaper than that (~100), go for a Gigabyte z77X-D3H or an ASUS P8Z77-V LE or LE PLUS.

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As a rule of thumb it's only CPU intensive if your GPU cannot be used for the rendering program. Revit does not GPU Render as far as I know. 3ds Max iRay, (also CATIA live render), Vray RT and Octane Render all can use GPU.

I'd try to squeeze in a $200ish (max price basically) ASUS GTX 660 or $260ish MSI GTX 760 (cut down GK104 that released this week).

GTX 650 Ti non Boost is pretty weak and 1GB VRAM is very limiting and at $140 it's a ripoff.

For your reference: http://www.tomshardware.de/charts/workstation-graphics-2013/10-AutoCAD-2013-3D-Performance-Summary,3286.html

http://www.tomshardware.de/Geforce-GTX-760-Testbericht-Review-GK104-GPU,testberichte-241314-18.html

http://www.tomshardware.de/Workstation-Grafik-2013-Benchmarks,testberichte-241269-5.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-boost-gk106-benchmark,3463-8.html


http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/AutoDesk-AutoCAD-2013-GPU-Acceleration-164/

RAM: All AMD radeon RAM are Patriot rebrands that are overpriced. I'd go for Samsung 30nm or Corsair low voltage low profile sticks instead.

PSU: 650W is overkill , you can go with 550W or even 500W unless you are using SLI

Heatsink: Noctua U14S (~$60), or Thermalright True 140 (~$30), Thermalright HR-02 Macho (~$30-40) would be quiet as well and have more RAM compatibility

Just my thoughts
Edited by AlphaC - 6/26/13 at 6:10pm
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Workstation stuff
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SpecViewperf 12.0.1
(115 photos)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Zen SR7 octocore Overclockable AM4 motherboard X370 To be determined , AMD Vega? 2x8GB DDR4 low-profile or heatsink-less 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 950 Pro / 850 Pro 256GB or 512GB NVMe SSD  Samsung 850 Evo 1TB SSD Storage Black or black+white Twin tower air cooler or s... EK Vardar F2-140 140mm, Phanteks PH-F140SP 140m... 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 (included with case) Win 10 Pro 64 bit 4K monitor with Freesync EVGA Supernova G3/P2 750W or 850W 
Case
Fractal Design R5 Blackout edition 
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