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CAD Workstation based on E8600 -- will this work?

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October 30, 2008 8:51:20 PM

Here is a selection of components I have in mind for a CAD workstation based on the E8600. I work in 3D (Rhino 3D) and I need more speed and memory. This would be my first attempt to build a computer, so if there is a wrong step here, please let me know. Thank you for your insights.
Regards, Michael

OS= Windows XP Pro 64 bit

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-X48T-DQ6 LGA 775 DDR3 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

ATI 100-505560 FirePro V5700 512MB PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
October 30, 2008 9:07:37 PM

That is a very expensive motherboard for your use. I would pick up a quality P45 chipset board and 4GB of DDR2 RAM. The speed difference between DDR2 and DDR3 is almost non-existent. You might as well get 4GB since you have a 64-bit OS. Here are a few parts to consider:

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99 - $15.00 MIR

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $126.99 - $20.00 MIR

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 - $15 MIR

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99 - $20.00 MIR

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99

This Xigmatek cooler is also currently on sale and cools better than the Freezer 7 Pro:

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99

I would also recommend the retention bracket.

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99
October 30, 2008 9:27:02 PM

CAD an 3D design became more eficient when you use a cuad core
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