I varied from the suggested build, adding RAM (for 64bit CAD, it's a huge boost) and a larger hard drive. I want the Quad core for CAD as well. Autodesk Revit will use the quad core for rendering. The display-port to DVI is to run the 3rd monitor (actually a tv) I'd like to shave $200 dollars off of the price. I think the video card is prime target, as I don't do much FPS. I think the newest 3D game I currently play is Oblivion. I do I want to go with the Eyefinity to run the 3 monitors, vs. 2 cheaper cards.
Is this an ok setup? Are the ATI Win7 64bit drivers stable? I've seen a few complaints.
Well if you're not going to crossfire, then you can change the PSU to 600W. Which would be plenty for either one 5850 or even two 5770s. (It would actually be plenty for two 5850s, but wouldn't have enough PCI-E connectors for more than one.)
The performance from that Caviar Green will not be very good. I don't think any of the other 1.5TB drives on newegg are any good and the story isn't very much different with any of the 2TB drives, and start to get very expensive when you get good performers, so maybe get a 500GB boot drive and 1TB data drive? If you decide to do this then the 500GB one would probably be the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 as it uses a 500GB platter, and now that the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is back in stock that becomes the priority.
Also I don't believe that the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is the best option when you want quiet, according to a review on this website the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev.B is better in this area while still being very good at cooling.
I haven't had any problems with my ATI drivers in Win 7 64.
Switching those in, and changing the power supply down to the 650w Corsair and the Scythe Mugen cooler (also out of stock right now), and stepping down to a 5770, which I think is adequate, puts the total around $1270.
Well the data drive doesn't have to be one of these 500GB platter drives; a Caviar Green would be fine for a data drive. I was trying to say that the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB is usually considered to be better than the Seagate, but until recently it was out of stock.
This combo with your case might interest you: Cooler Master CM 690 & OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W $155 with $25 & $10 rebates. Which could potentially save $60 dollars If I'm not mistaken. Otherwise I am struggling to see where you can save, unless CAD isn't that important in which case getting only 1 set of 4GB RAM would be fine, but it seems like CAD is quite important to you.
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1- I would change the mobo for an ASUS P7P55D
2- I think that you don't need 8GB, with 4GB is more that enough for your rig.
3- You don't want SLI or X-Fire, so, with a 550W is enough. Someone like the Antec 550W
4- What do you think about the Antec 300 case
The ram makes a big difference in Revit (CAD). I upgraded my work machine and it's a vast improvement.
That combo looks good. I've used a OCZ modular PSU before and I liked it.
1. Can you elaborate on the mobo choice? The asus is $15 cheaper which I like. Any other advantages?
2. Actually 8gb is the recommended starting point for my Revit models (50mb files and up).
3/4. I do like that case. it's smaller than the cooler master i'm looking at. It's hard to beat the Cooler Master CM 690 & OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W combo though.