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June 5, 2014 12:48:11 PM

Ok guys, i have been using the same CAD rig for almost 5 years now, and I do believe that it is time to upgrade. Here is what i have so far, let me know what youz guyz think.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v8ypmG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v8ypmG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v8ypmG/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.95 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($43.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.66 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.61 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($259.19 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($259.19 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB Superclocked Video Card ($1306.44 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($112.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($132.61 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Lenovo 60A4RAR1US 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1671.55 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Lenovo 60A4RAR1US 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1671.55 @ Amazon)
Total: $6330.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-05 15:44 EDT-0400)

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June 5, 2014 1:32:02 PM

You should research if the GTX Titan is suitable for your CAD software. Most CAD software uses OpenGL instead of DirectX, and if that is the case for you you should look at the FirePro and Quadro gfx cards instead.
The benchmarks in this article are quite telling: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-workstation-gr...
In one of the tests the Titan gets 1.52 fps, while the Quadro 2000 gets 12.21 fps (the Quardo 2000 can be found for $277 on Amazon)

If you use AutoCAD the Titan is fine however, as it uses DirectX


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June 5, 2014 1:51:55 PM

Darth Rache said:
Ok guys, i have been using the same CAD rig for almost 5 years now, and I do believe that it is time to upgrade. Here is what i have so far, let me know what youz guyz think.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v8ypmG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v8ypmG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v8ypmG/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.95 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($43.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.66 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.61 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($259.19 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($259.19 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB Superclocked Video Card ($1306.44 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($112.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($132.61 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Lenovo 60A4RAR1US 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1671.55 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Lenovo 60A4RAR1US 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1671.55 @ Amazon)
Total: $6330.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-05 15:44 EDT-0400)

O.o wow thats pricy :)  anyway if you're using cad maybe consider one fo the professional lines like firepro or quadro? i dont know.
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June 7, 2014 11:05:21 AM

I only run Auto Desk products, Auto CAD, Plant 3D, etc and they all runs Direct X. So the GTX line will be fine as i plan to game on it some too at the office.
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June 7, 2014 11:05:33 AM

Do ya'll think that i should go with the Xenon or a standard I7? I would probably get more support out of the i7 don't you think?
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June 7, 2014 11:44:58 AM

I'm thinking it might be a mistake to buy a socket LGA1155 motherboard. After all LGA1155 is several years old now, and if you want the PC to last 5 years this time as well you should buy a current socket/cpu. That way you might be able to do a CPU upgrade at half time.
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June 7, 2014 7:44:42 PM

JoakimL said:
I'm thinking it might be a mistake to buy a socket LGA1155 motherboard. After all LGA1155 is several years old now, and if you want the PC to last 5 years this time as well you should buy a current socket/cpu. That way you might be able to do a CPU upgrade at half time.


That was my thought going with a i7.
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June 7, 2014 7:48:44 PM

You need the Quadro series. I use both Solidworks and AutoCAD and use the Quadro K4000.
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June 7, 2014 7:52:56 PM

I don't use solid works. I only run Auto Desk products, Auto CAD, Plant 3D, etc and they all runs Direct X. So the GTX line will be fine as i plan to game on it some too at the office.
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June 7, 2014 7:54:11 PM

Darth Rache said:
I don't use solid works. I only run Auto Desk products, Auto CAD, Plant 3D, etc and they all runs Direct X. So the GTX line will be fine as i plan to game on it some too at the office.


GTX Titan Black then. And for cpu Core i7.

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June 7, 2014 7:56:42 PM

n3cw4rr10r said:
Darth Rache said:
I don't use solid works. I only run Auto Desk products, Auto CAD, Plant 3D, etc and they all runs Direct X. So the GTX line will be fine as i plan to game on it some too at the office.


GTX Titan Black then. And for cpu Core i7.



That's what i'm thinking too.
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June 8, 2014 6:46:10 AM

Darth Rache,

In my view, an LGA2011- based system has many advantages both in use and in expandibility- double the memory bandwidth, 40 instead of 26 the PCIe lanes, and importantly, the ability to use 4.6.8.and 10-core processors, which will expand possibilities for rendering and simulation. As well, ECC RAM, and a workstation graphics card, the Quadro K5000 that has both excellent 2D and 3D capabilities- OpenGL and DirectX, and enough memory (4GB) for animation, video editing and effects processing. If you ever use viewport software and/or want very high anti-aliasing, Tests have shown that RIAD ) for SSD's is not a significant advantage, so I would suggest a single 512GB SSD for the OS, applications, and working files.,and a pair of mechanical drives in RAID 1 for protected storage and a system image for quick restore.

The Lenovo monitors, while undoubtedly of very high image quality are, I think unnecessary in that they are 2560 X 1600 over 30" and I think the image from a professional, color-matching 27", 2560 X 1440 will present as useful an image area and as high an image quality for half the cost. I don't know if you are using dual monitors in your CAD work at the moment, but I never see dual monitors over 24" in architectural or engineering offices since the working image and menus are divided, very large dual monitors actually requires more scanning and mouse movement to work. I use a single 27" monitor and using multiple viewport software with many, many menus (Solidworks) and editing two full pages of text still does not present a lot of zooming an panning. when I use AutoCad, I use keystroke and context menus and have very few menus docked. If I added a second monitor, it would be perhaps a 21", but I don't like scanning over two monitors, so I might consider a single 30"- but only when a WQHD with 10-bit color is about $700-800.

BambiBoom PixelCannon Cadarendergrapharific iWork TurboSignature Extreme ModelBlast 9000 ®©$$™®£™©™_ 2.8.14 REV > 6.8.14

Processor> Processor: Intel Xeon Six-Core Processor E5-1650 v2 3.5 / 3.9GHz 0GT/s 12MB LGA 2011 CPU, OEM > $584

____http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=E5-1650&c=fr&pid=...

____http://ark.intel.com/products/75780/Intel-Xeon-Processo...

Cooling> Noctua NH-U12S 120x120x25 ( NF-F12 PWM) SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilizing oil-pressure bearing ) CPU Cooler $70

____http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard> ASUS Z9PA-U8 ATX Server Motherboard, C602 chipset, LGA 2011 > $289.99

____http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM> 32GB ( 2 X 16GB) SAMSUNG 16GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1866 Server Memory $440 > ($220 ea.)

GPU> PNY VCQK5000-PB NVIDIA Quadro K5000 4GB256-bit PCI Express 2.0 x 16 HDCP Ready Workstation video card > $1,800

____ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive 1> SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD512BW 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) > $470. (OS , Applications, Working Files)

____ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive 2> Western Digital 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive, Black, WD2003FZEX(RAID 1) > $168 (Files, Backup, System Image)

Hard Drive 3 > Western Digital 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive, Black, WD2003FZEX (RAID 1) > $168 (Files, Backup, System Image)

____http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Cache-Desktop-WD2....

Case> Corsair Obsidian Series 900D CC-9011022-WW Black Aluminum ATX Super Tower Computer Case $349.99

____http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.....

Power Supply > SeaSonic G-750 SSR-750RM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $110.

____http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner> ASUS Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-16D1HT > $109.99

____ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System> Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) > $139

CPU TOTAL = $4629.

Monitors > (2) ASUS PA279Q Black 27" 6ms WQHD HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight True Color Professional Monitor 350 cd/m2 100000000:1 Built-in Speakers height&pivot adjustable $1,600 ($800 ea)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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TOTAL = $6,229

Cheers,

BambiBoom

HP z420 (2014) > Xeon E5-1620 quad core @ 3.6 / 3.8GHz > 24GB ECC 1600 RAM > Quadro 4000 (2GB)> Samsung 840 SSD 250GB /Western Digital Black WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > AE3000 USB WiFi > HP 2711X, 27" 1920 X 1080 > Windows 7 Ultimate 64 >[Passmark system rating = 3923, 2D= 839 / 3D=2048]

Dell Precision T5400 (2008) > 2X Xeon X5460 quad core @3.16GHz > 16GB ECC 667> Quadro FX 4800 (1.5GB) > WD RE4 500GB / Seagate Barracuda 500GB > M-Audio 2496 Sound Card / Linksys 600N WiFi > Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit >[Passmark system rating = 1859, 2D= 512 / 3D=1097]

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