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post #1 of 19
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Upgrading a few of the workstations for my company and just wanted to see what your opinions were. In particular my CPU and motherboard choices, since this is my first time making an Intel based PC.

The purpose for the workstation is to run Solidworks, which is primarily a single threaded application, though we do run simulations that take full advantage of multiple cores but not on a daily basis. Multitasking is limited to text editors, web browsing, and using a windows explorer based file management systems (otherwise not demanding). Our current computers simply are too bogged down, I have been trying to find a bottle neck but it doesn't seem to be any one component.

Current PC's
  • Intel i7-960 CPU
  • 12 GB of 7-7-7-19 RAM (3 Channel)
  • Intel DX58SO Motherboard
  • Intel 320 Series 160GB SSD and WD 3TB Green
  • Corsair TX-650 PSU
  • Quadro 2000 GPU

Upgrades
  • Intel i7-4770k CPU
  • Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 1600Mhz CL9
  • Asus Sabertooth Z87
  • Corsair AX650 PSU
  • Quadro 4000 GPU

Please let me know what you guys think.
I have looked into using Xeon processors but I don't have the confidence to suggest one myself, or know how to select a motherboard to go with it.
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post #2 of 19
Not bad, but if you are going to you this in a business I suggest you go Xeon with ECC RAM. For motherboards look at Asus, EVGA, and AsRock for Workstation class (WS) boards.
post #3 of 19
You dont need a new PSU keep your old one you are throwing money at the wrong thing
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post #4 of 19
I would probably just get a nice 6core xeon to put in the board you already have and then upgrade maybe the ram if you need more then 12gigs and then upgrade the gpu that should be the cheapest fastest option smile.gif
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

You dont need a new PSU keep your old one you are throwing money at the wrong thing

It depens on how old it is. If it's more then 3 years old, I would change it also.
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys

The Workstation is around 3-4 years old, that is why I want to replace the PSU (also it is really loud).

ozlay- I have tried looking for a CPU upgrade but it doesn't look like I would get anywhere close to the performance I want. I was just going off of what the Intel's website gives for compatible CPU's, again I really don't know anything about Xeon processor . I have been using a cpubenchmark.net/singleThread to choose a CPU and picking anything above a score of 2,000

Do workstation motherboards offer anything over gaming motherboards other than reliability? I am not as concerned with reliability, thanks to our file management system (from what I understand it mirrors our files on our server as we work when we save). We also have a bunch of laptops to go along with the workstations, that at the moment are faster than our current workstations.
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post #7 of 19
The WD Green drives used to be problematic, although quality control has probably made a difference by now. I personally would opt to go with a WD Red or an HGST, which would be faster, unless green power is appealing in your case. Of course, I am probably nitpicking because the upgrades looks pretty good overall.

A mirrored filesystem is a nice thing to have but it doesn't protect a system from internal data corruption as certain workstation motherboard features, such as ECC memory support, are designed to do. You may decide that you still do not need this level of reliability but I think most would agree that a true workstation is a worthy investment for professional applications like yours.
post #8 of 19
Get faster ram. Its slightly more and haswell loves that fast memory.2133 or above is the sweet spot.
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post #9 of 19
I don't know if there was any tests made between E3/E5 and I5/I7 and between ECC and Faster Gaming RAM.

Everyone has their opinions. For me when it comes to Workstations I go with workstation class parts. I'm Admin at a Architecte firm and all my guys run E3 v2 with 16GB ECC RAM and Samsung SSDs.
My research on video told me FirePro Ws are best for the 3D apps we use here, got W5000 running about every where.

I'm planning to ask for a budget for a render machine where I'd put dual E5s with 32GB ECC, cause our render software (Rhino/Maxwell) runs on CPU not the Video.
post #10 of 19
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I don't know if there was any tests made between E3/E5 and I5/I7 and between ECC and Faster Gaming RAM.

Everyone has their opinions. For me when it comes to Workstations I go with workstation class parts. I'm Admin at a Architecte firm and all my guys run E3 v2 with 16GB ECC RAM and Samsung SSDs.
My research on video told me FirePro Ws are best for the 3D apps we use here, got W5000 running about every where.

I'm planning to ask for a budget for a render machine where I'd put dual E5s with 32GB ECC, cause our render software (Rhino/Maxwell) runs on CPU not the Video.
ECC ram is pointless if the CPU does not support where in this case is the issue. ECC is great and for workstation purposes would be a great advantage.

Faster ram usually helps with minimum fps in games. When I jumped from 1600 to 2400, GTA 4 which is very CPU intensive became less shuttety and stopped dipping into sub 30 min fps.
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