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$1400 3d cad workstation build

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May 27, 2014 5:06:54 AM

Hi guys,
Im having trouble deciding on the parts for my first cad workstation build and I would like to know everyones thoughts. This is what I have so far

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.23 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $999.16

I also want to use the quadro k600 which is about $200 , bringing my total to about $1200. I am happy to stay around this price as I am in australia and everything here is more expensive (on that note if anyone can recommend a good place to buy this stuff in aus that would be great thanks), although I will go up to about $1400.
The graphics card is one of the things giving me the most grief, as the there are not many reviews on the k600s and the next model up in the series is significantly more expensive. So any thoughts on that would be great.

Also there are minimal reviews on the new z97 chipset for motherboards, so I am yet to decide on the motherboard I use, so if anyone has any suggestions on that, that would be great too.

The rig will be soley used for cad and everyday stuff like word processing, I dont game.

Any feedback would be great as I am very unsure about the right set up for 3d cad.

Cheers
May 27, 2014 3:46:59 PM

Thanks for the feedbackbqck mate.
From what I have read, although the quadro series sucks at games, as per the bemch marks, it excels in workstations. And unfortunately the r9 290 is not on the autocad cerified list (inventor). Autocad certifies anything from the quadro series or the firepro series. Would I be fine on the k600? Or should I move to the k2000, or something from the firepro series?

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May 27, 2014 4:22:24 PM

Depends on your budget - but what you can afford.
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May 27, 2014 5:01:14 PM

Im trying not to spend more then $400 on the gpu but im aware it will be difficult to get the next series up on that budget
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May 27, 2014 5:09:39 PM

Quadro 2000 is about $300
Firepro V8700 is about $200
Firepro V3900 is about $110
Quadro K600 should be about $160

What you get should also depend on the cad package you're using eg Autocad vs Solidworks. What one?

Also have a look at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-workstation-gr...
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May 27, 2014 5:49:56 PM


I use autocad , and mostly inventor
Could I ask where these prices are as these are good compared to what I have seen.
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May 27, 2014 6:44:14 PM

Newegg or Amazon
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May 30, 2014 7:25:50 AM

Thanks
Would you say the k600 would be good enough? Could it run cad on 2 monitors? or would i be better off moving up a tier.
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May 30, 2014 4:09:43 PM

Its not a matter of good enough. You can run autocad on a r9 280x. Its how good it'll run given your budget. You can go up to a K6000 if you're cashed up.
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