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Hey folks,

My friend wants me to build him a rig for CAD work, the software is more specifically known as 'Catia', budget is £800, it's going to be for light use he says so nothing too extreme is required, something mid-range would be good.

I've built gaming rigs but don't have a clue when it comes to workstations, i've put together a rough list thanks to assistance from some people here a while back but would appreciate any further advice before i take the plunge, list is as follows:


Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - £170
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler - £24
Asus Z87M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard - £98
Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - £115
Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk - £130
PNY Quadro 400 512MB Video Card - £119
Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case - £60
XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - £35
LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer - £12

Total: £763

Is this overkill/underkill for a mid-range workstation? I'm sure there's alot of improvements that can be made here, would appreciate any help.

Also, i'm guessing an SSD is obviously quite important for CAD but would i be better off spending £40 on a 1TB hdd and putting the extra money towards a better graphics card? Thanks!
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You will need a better cpu cooler for ocing above 4.4ghz
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post #3 of 8
For CAD you should really go with the LGA2011 socket
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Originally Posted by ski-bum View Post

For CAD you should really go with the LGA2011 socket

I probably will, any other suggestions folks? biggrin.gif
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Is a 512 GFX card going to be enough? why not 1-2 GB?
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I could always go for the Quadro 600 which has 1GB, in terms of processor i've been told hyperthreading is important with Catia software, can anyone recommend me a Xeon CPU which has hyperthreading but isn't too expensive either?
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I could always go for the Quadro 600 which has 1GB, in terms of processor i've been told hyperthreading is important with Catia software, can anyone recommend me a Xeon CPU which has hyperthreading but isn't too expensive either?

I mean anyone of them is good. I would not bother with Xeon though. That is a bit too overkill when a basic 2011 consumer grade chip will do the job.
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post #8 of 8
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Hmm yeah, i'm just thinking for the future when/if more intense work is required, graphics card will be easy enough to upgrade but what about the cpu? I guess i could always get an i5 now and upgrade to an i7 with hyperthreading if need be on the same motherboard but there's also the fact the Xeon processors support ECC so i'm not so sure yet.
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