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I currently work in a tool shop with 3 CNC machines. We build plastic injection tools using various other machines aswell. I have built a gaming/video editing computer for myself and a computer for architecture for my girlfriend. I was asked if I could build a computer for the shop so we aren't limited by the 2 we currently have. A company we went through was charging $2500 for a dell computer that I know I could build for under $1000. The boss said to keep it under $2500 but I don't think we need anything that powerful. We do bring full 3D models into mastercam to work with and the computers we have now are struggling. I don't have anything quite picked out as of now but any input would be appreciated.
Here's what I was thinking:

Cpu: i7/Xeon?
Cup cooler: ?
RAM: 32gb?
Storage: 250gb ssd most of our info is stored remote drives.
Graphics card: Nvidia Quadro K2200
Power supply: ?
Case: ?
OS: Windows 7 Pro
Disk drive: ?
Monitor: ?
Keyboard: ?
Mouse: 3D space ball?
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I do the CAM for a similar sized shop. You probably just want a high end i7 and 32GB of decently fast DDR4. I use a different CAM software at work, but mine doesn't use the graphics card for anything really (but still recommends quadro anyways) , I bet mastercam doesn't either. You would probably be fine with any GPU that has dedicated memory (so intel's built in ones aren't good enough).

So you can spend a lot of the budget on the important thing, the monitors tongue.gif. You'll want at least two for doing cam work, 27" 2560x1440 if you can make the room for them. I have two 24" 1920x1200, and some of the windows I have up are kind of small. For doing CAM I have the CAM program on the main screen, then the other monitor has notepad ++ taking up the right side for the gcode file when it's calculated, and then two explorer windows for opening files, and transfering them to the CNC machines. If I need to compare two gcode files or look up feed rates online, then I have to tab around. I think a good argument can be made for 3 monitors.

Since super color accuracy isn't important, just cheap ones like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009728 should be fine.

As for the mouse, I don't think the 3d mice are worth it. The normal mouse works great, the 3d ones can be kind of awkward. I don't really see how they would end up with a productivity increase.
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Core i7 7820x @ 4.7 GHz Asrock x299 OC Formula MSI GTX 1080 Aero 32GB Gskill DDR4-4000 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
4TB Seagate Windows 8 x64 Overlord x270 OC HP ZR27 
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Asus PG279Q G-Tune Topre Realforce 800w Benchmark Dac2 | Audeze LCD-X 
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Core i7 7820x @ 4.7 GHz Asrock x299 OC Formula MSI GTX 1080 Aero 32GB Gskill DDR4-4000 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
4TB Seagate Windows 8 x64 Overlord x270 OC HP ZR27 
MonitorKeyboardPowerAudio
Asus PG279Q G-Tune Topre Realforce 800w Benchmark Dac2 | Audeze LCD-X 
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Thanks for the response. Seeing as we work on the floor as machinists and programers I think we will go with one screen. Now I'm just trying to decide on a case any suggestions?
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