SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: CAD (Civil 3D)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, OS (got Windows 7 64-bit)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I like the same things everyone else likes
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (why not right?)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Only if it's cost effective. Wouldn't be against doing it as an upgrade
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is for my friend who is going to be starting his own business in about a year and he is going to be doing purely CAD on this computer. He is working for an engineering company now that is going to require him to have a computer at home that can run Civil 3D now though, so he can't wait on this build. One of the engineers that works for the company said they need 'the newest and fastest computers' to run it successfully. I'm assuming that means something prebuilt though so they probably aren't actually the newest and fastest. Anyways the system requirements for Civil 3D are:
* Microsoft® Windows Vista® Ultimate/Business/Enterprise or Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 or SP3. Microsoft Windows XP 64 and Windows Vista 64 are supported in 32-bit compatibility mode only.
* Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® dual-core processor, 3 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
* 4 GB RAM – suggested /3GB switch (on 32 bit operating systems)
* 7 GB disk space, 2 GB free after installation
* 1,280 x 1,024 display with true color, 1,600 x 1,200 or greater recommended (OpenGL® accelerator with full OGL ICD support not required), 32-bit color video display adapter (true color), 128 MB or greater, Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card. Multiple monitors are supported.
* Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later.
* DVD drive
The specs don't seem that intimidating, but I'm thinking a computer with those specs would have some serious issues with large rendering projects. From what I know, most CAD programs are CPU intensive and RAM intensive. I would really, really like to fit an i7 into this build if possible. If not, then definitely a quad core. Here is one potential list I put together last night:
I looked at video cards but I didn't really know. I read the latest article that gave a recommendation to the Radeon 4770, but to me it seemed like a 4850 or 4830 was just as good. Don't want to pay too much for one though. He is most definitely planning on upgrading this build over time, which was kind of making me think a cheaper video card now wouldn't be a big deal. Also another reason to get an i7 build that will be good for awhile. He doesn't care about his case at all, he just wants to save money. I was thinking of just getting some pretty cheapo case and then adding a couple fans. Anyone have suggestions or ideas? Thanks in advance!
RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231230 (this was the first thing I saw on the search that seemed good, but I don't know much about DDR3 RAM)
I remember looking at that board when I was going through, but I was confused by the fact that it had 4 DDR3 slots. In the picture the third slot is blue, so I'm assuming if you run triple channel you put the sticks in 1,3, and 4. But if you are running triple channel, would you even use that blue slot for anything? (I'm still switching to it anyways)
As for the RAM the same thing as before, I don't know a whole lot about DDR3, but I read this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/memory-scaling-i7,2... and I kind of got the impression faster DDR3 isn't worth it. So is it actually worth going from 1333 with 7 latency to 1600 with 9 latency? I have no idea.
As for overclocking, I think what we were going to do with the build is slowly upgrade it over time, so I think we will keep it stock for awhile and then later if he wants to overclock it we can buy the aftermarket cooler.
Yeah I wasn't actually going to buy something from Rosewill, that was just an example ^_^. Thanks for the advice on the fans though, I didn't realize fans could be worse than others. I just knew they had airflow and Noise levels so that's all I had looked at in the past.
There is no problem with ASrock's reliability, to be clear they're manufactured by Asustek. Also I would far prefer having six RAM slots rather than four. The 1333 Mhz CL7 would be faster than 1600 Mhz CL9. A 4670 would be fine for his uses. Finally, you could drop down to the 500W OCZ. Overall, I like your original build a lot.
He just ordered all the parts this morning. Hopefully they come by Friday ^_^. Basically went with the original list and a 4670. The RAM was out of stock at the time so we found some good OCZ stuff at amazon for pretty cheap. The plan is to buy a CPU HSF later to do some real overclocking. Thanks for your help everyone ^_^