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CAD/Rendering/Design Computer Build ideally below $2000AUD?

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March 22, 2014 6:12:40 PM

My partner and I are both studying degrees in mechanical design engineering and interior architecture respectively and are wanting to build a complete system with the best overall performance for our budget. It's also going to be my first build and so I've spent some time looking over what seems to be a good balance of components but I'd really like any suggestions or confirmation if possible.

Our current HP Pavilion dv6 laptops (8gb of ram, AMD A8-3530MX 1.9GHz, Quad core and radeon dual graphics) have been good enough to get us by, however when it comes to the more intensive CAD/Rendering programs we've definitely noticed an average performance, with programs crashing and overall slow render times...

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or as soon as possible.

Budget Range: Overall $2000-2500 AUD. (Including OS and Monitor)

Programs intended:
Solidworks
Autodesk 3ds Max
Adobe CS6
Revit
Sketchup

We've got no intention of using it for gaming at all, hence wanting to use the Leadtek Quadro K2000 graphics card. I haven't had any experience with overclocking before, but definitely would consider it if the price and performance was there. We're also not intending to immediately be earning an income from it, but I'm open to investing in components that will allow for upgrading in the future. So far I'm thinking;

PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3eifW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3eifW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3eifW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($355.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($245.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: BitFenix Raider Window (Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($105.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($165.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Monitor: Asus MX279H 27.0" Monitor ($369.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($45.00 @ CPL Online)
Other: Leadtek PCIE Quadro K2000 2GB ($519.00)
Total: $2411.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-23 00:28 EST+1100)


Additional Comments:
Given that we're both studying, is the system overkill or no?
How long in the CAD/Rendering world is a built like this expected to be rather current?
Am I going to need a PCU cooler if I'm not intending to overclock the CPU?
Are there any trade offs that are going to get the total price below $2000 AUD but still have a high performance?

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March 22, 2014 6:36:56 PM

it is a revision of your build, with better price/performance parts selection

xeon v3 is derived from i7 haswell, but without iGPU. so it is cheaper
cheaper ram with better bandwidth for pro apps
cheaper mobo, can enable ram to fully 2400 MHz speed
cheaper case
better PSU 80+ gold
better monitor. pro apps doesnt favor 16:9 widescreen monitor
you should go for 16:10 screen to accomodate more workspace. dell ultrasharp is our favorite
this optimization will help you save AUD$300

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($133.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($215.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ CPL Online)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($99.00 @ PLE Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($319.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($45.00 @ CPL Online)
Other: Leadtek PCIE Quadro K2000 2GB ($519.00)
Total: $2129.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-23 12:31 EST+1100)
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March 22, 2014 6:53:24 PM

Hello.
I think that buils is more or less ok to CAD and Render.

I was working with my old Quad q6600 (2.4@3.4) 8GB ram for about 7 years. In december I bougth new PC because 8GB was very poor for rendering medium/big projects (my gratest project uses 30GB Ram). And q6600 is slow CPU today...

My new PC is a 4930k, faster than a 4770k but a lot more expensive, for students I shoud go for that 4770k.

But if you can go for 32 GB (really the 3D Studio can use all the ram). And the speed is not important, for rendering is 0 diference between 1333 and 2400.

I really don´t know if there is much diference between k2000 and a GTX760 in the modeling windows. If the 760 performs equal to a k2000 you can save some money... sorry but I don´t know this point... My 780ti works well until in the scene are about 3000 diferent elements, in that point not performs wery well.
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