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June 3, 2014 9:15:12 AM

I'm building a new workstation that will be mainly for CATIA and some simple renderings i will also be doing a little coding and creative suite but the machine will be built for CATIA. My biggest concern is reliability, stability and quiet. Here is what i have picked so far.

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($629.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($117.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Asus X79 Deluxe ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($379.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($390.50 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Crucial M550 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($336.25 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: NVIDIA Quadro k4000 3GB Video Card ($869.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Corsair 330R ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($172.02 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($60.04 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $3308.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 12:05 EDT-0400)

Im not sure about the RAM though and if i should get 32gb or 16gb (4x4gb or 4x8gb). The build has gotten a little out of budget so i think its gonna take me a little while to get all the parts but i would rather get a better component than save a little bit of money if its going to benificial to my build. I already bought the i7-4930K so i have based alot of the components on that.

What do you guys think?
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June 3, 2014 9:25:27 AM

NO if your greatest concern is reliability you MUST go Xeon for the ECC Ram etc
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June 3, 2014 9:39:24 AM

I agree however i got the i7-4930k for 190$ so im trying to work around it. I wont be overclocking if it makes any difference.
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June 3, 2014 9:45:05 AM

It all looks good in general. Keeping it quiet really depends on which case fans you choose at this point. I'm not familiar with CATIA, but 32GB does seem overkill. I'm still sitting on 4 right now and wish I had 8. 16 is a good future proof number. I use PS and some coding software on 4GB, and the iMacs I was forced to use (poor me) also ran off of 4GB.

Back in the day you could get away with overkill on your RAM, but now the same 4GB stick that used to cost $20 now costs $40. It's not a great time to be buying RAM.
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June 3, 2014 9:48:04 AM

i was thinking the same thing too. I currently have 8gb and i wish i had 16gb because im always running 90-100% so im worried when i get 16gb ill need 32gb. What ram would you recommend?
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June 3, 2014 9:52:19 AM

Well some programs will take every GB of RAM you have. It would be at 90% if you had 4GB, and 90% if you had 32GB. Programs like Photoshop have settings where you can adjust how much RAM you want it to use up.

Corsair Vengeance is fine. I'm not too familiar with RAM brands but Corsair is reputable along with Kingston Hyper X. Just look for the sticks that have tons of reviews (I think Corsair Vengeance has like 1000+ on Newegg, 90% of them being 5*) and high ratings.
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June 3, 2014 11:02:28 AM

You need as much ram as you can get. I use 16gb for Solidworks and it struggles occasionally depending on how complex the model is. CATIA is a higher end SWs (imo) made by the same company.
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June 3, 2014 11:35:03 AM

Definitely 32gb. Well I should say depends on the complexity of your models. Mine tend to have close to 500+ components. I will be adding another 16gb soon.

I prefer Corsair memory myself. I use it on my gaming rig and my workstation rig.
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June 3, 2014 12:16:09 PM

i usually prefer corsair but theres a lot of bad reviews on the ones i was interested in while the ripjaws which i never looked into before had really good reviews for compatibility with the X79 Deluxe mobo
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June 3, 2014 1:31:49 PM

Ripjaws are good quality. They are marketed to gamers but will work just fine.
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July 2, 2014 10:22:15 AM

hello

if you want to save money, take a 256GB SSD (not a 512GB one)

you can also save money on the graphic-card and take the step under.

may be you can run under air-cooling with a noctua NH-D14
i run a 3930k@4.5 24/7 with it, and no problem at all.
save money again

Massive Ram is very hopefull for rendering, i'll go for 32GB.
I use Solidworks (photoview 360 included for rendering) and in some cases, i use all the 32GB of my computer (depending on quality, number of components, quantity of lights and resolution wanted)
ex: http://staticclub.caradisiac.com/1/tuning/caterham/phot...
and the scene before render : http://forum.solidagora.com/download/file.php?id=545
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