I am looking for a motherboard, processor, videocard, and ram for ~$700
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 10/1/09 BUDGET RANGE: $650-750 AR
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: CAD, Rhino, Maya and the like, gaming, movies, internet, word processing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: 480 power supply (if sufficient), keyboard, monitor, mouse, case, hard drives, dvd
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: like newegg but don't really care COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: intel
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not for now
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
I am debating between the i5 and the i7-860 or 920. I am and architecture student who will primarily be using the machine for rendering and would benefit from the Hyper-threading. I am trying to balance that need and cost against a better graphics card to make for smoother modeling. In addition, I am looking for 8gb of RAM. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
Will there be a significant drop in render time with the i7 vs the i5?
How much does the memory interface of the graphics card (128 vs 256bit) matter?
Will a card geared for CAD/CAM applications be able to play graphics intensive games?
But i7 920's Tri-Channel would provide higher memory bandwidth than the i5/ i7 LGA 1156 socket's Dual-Channel.
2) It not only depends on the memory bandwidth but also depends on the RAM type used - For eg: The GTX 285 using a GDDR3 memory and 512 bit memory interface has similar memory bandwidth as that of a HD 4890, using a GDDR5 and 256-bit memory interface...
3) I doubt that those kind of cards would be able to play graphic intensive games well as the drivers and the firmware will be much oriented towards the correct rendering rather than the speed, which is the characteristic of a gaming card...
But you can get decent CAD/CAM performance with gaming cards...
The OP stated "CAD, Rhino, Maya and the like" as the most important use of the computer. That's exactly what workstation cards like the FirePro are for.
Very true, but that is a fairly low end card. It is going to struggle with what he is doing, (it will handle CAD fine) and any modern games he wants to play is going to simply knock it to it's knees. Its a noble suggestion to keep him under budget, but you really need more horsepower, actually quite a bit more horsepower in the GPU department to do everything he mentioned.