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i7 2600 vs. i5 2500 for Photoshop/CAD/Business Workstation

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Posted a thread earlier about CAD build, figured this is more specific and will help more. Thread is here: http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...uild-help.html

I'm building this computer for my uncle and his business, there will be some graphic design work done (marketing banners, etc.) along with 2-D CAD drawings of solar systems (way way less complicated that circuit designs). It's overkill, but the overkill should last 5 years.

Should I go i7 2600 or i5 2500 for these uses? What are the costs for the motherboards for i7 vs. i5? (no overclocking, but is it worth it to get a K chip so I can steal the proc later? )

Will we see a large improvement with an SSD? something like a 64GB drive to run the OS + a RAID array of 2 1TB drives (samsung f3?)?

Finally, people have mentioned that a GTX460 or similar high end GPU should be fine. Would I be better off grabbing him a Quadro FX 580? (~160 dollars)

I've already ordered a PSU (600W Corsair), RAM (2x4GB Gskill DDR3-1333), a 23" monitor and an Antec 300 case.

Thanks for the help!
Edited by Deuces - 3/4/11 at 10:13am
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the 2600 is only 100MHz faster. just go and overclock the 2500. With that xigmatek, you will probably get close to 5GHz.
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Not my box, so not willing to OC this one. (would love to, but will have to wait for my paycheck from the man come July)
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i'd say get the i7 for the hyper-threading. if he is wanting more performance now or later than the K would probably be advisable. Also do your uncle a favor, get a SATA 3 128GB SSD.

Edit*
if he needs the system now, for SSD I'd prob suggest the Intel 510 Series.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167042
Edited by bratas - 3/4/11 at 1:16pm
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I was thinking more along the lines of the C300 (running 215 or so recently, so I don't have to get raped by that price tag)
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At the minimum if you can do it use a 470 for GPU Acceleration.
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