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March 13, 2010 3:17:20 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today or Tomorrow, Basically ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: Under $1,800 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: CAD, specifically Revit - basically opening gigantically bloated files and editing them and re-writing multiple times per hour. (500mb is the smallest file while 4-5 gb is the largest I'll be editing and using) (High Graphics Requirement)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, I'm sold, I love it.

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD but not required... preferred however.

OVERCLOCKING: Most likely

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Soon in the future

RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200 maybe higher resolutions in the future...

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Don't really care about noise or looks... want to make sure it's balanced. The two hard drives will be in raid 0.

My thoughts on this build:

Optical: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS (SATA 24x DVD burner)

Case: XCLIO BLACKHAWK BLACK FINISH .8MM SECC ABS PLASTIC (ATX FULL TOWER EXTREME COOLING COMPUTER CASE)

Hard drive(s): 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA...

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 1gb 256-bit GDDR5

Antec 850W Modular PSU

RAM: 12 GB G.Skill DDR3 1066

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W (quad-core)

Mobo: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD ATX

(CPU and MOBO are combo) ($319.98)

My total price: $1,449.22

Thoughts? Suggestions? Am I totally off the deep end? Thanks!
March 14, 2010 5:00:57 AM

RE: REVIT

I am going to search their support to determine exactly which computational extensions and apparatus are specifically addressed by REVIT code.

If you have a website address and are "here now" ... choke it up and save me a couple of minutes on google.

= Alvin =
March 14, 2010 6:27:14 AM

I have researched the system RECOMMENDATIONS and certification lists (and tested but not certified) cards for AutoCAD and ALL flavors of Revit.

First let me say that the only thing that is a truly horrible choice (and a waste of your money) is that 5830 GPU ... Mot only is it a DOG in it's own class, it is the wrong brand and the wrong type of GPU. It would "work", though poorly.

The GPU should be THE CENTER of this build. So, beleive it or not, ... accept it or not ... My firm recommendation is a PNY QUADROFX series card with at least 512MB of DDR3 ... FX580 or up to FX1800 (if there is ANY way you can do that ! ).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

The PSU is overkill, by a good bit and my recommendation is this ...

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

More than enough.

Finally ... Least important but would make this a SERIOUS and reliable system would be to lose one of those spinpoints and replace it with a KINGSTON (rebranded INTEL) 64GB SSD (for boot and Apps) ... $150 minus spinpoint cost.

Otherwise, you are golden.

DO THE PNY ... That and the BLACK QUAD + 4GB are ALL that matters.! !

= Alvin =
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March 14, 2010 6:34:15 AM

ALSO ... ANy nVidia Gamer GPU (260 and up) would be better than RADEONS, for THIS purpose. (because they more closely mock the PNY QuadroFXs).

The 5830 is a card that failed the 5850 & 5870 tests, and some say a 5770 is a better value than a 5830.

= Alvin =
March 14, 2010 3:39:17 PM

Wow! Thanks for the excellent recommendations and help. The jump between the 580 and the 1800 is too much and I think the 580 is too little power. Would you recommend a GTX275? Would this GPU work fine with the mobo? I think I will be keeping the psu because I want to leave room for lots of upgrading in the future... raid arrays and sli etc...

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March 14, 2010 4:49:19 PM
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You said your max budget was up to $1800 ...

While your actual (proposed) system total was estimated at ~$1450 ...

... Subtract the ~$250 for your proposed Saphire 5830 and you get $1200 ...

... ADD the PNY QuadroFX ~$450 AND a Kingston Boot/Apps SSD $150 ...

... $1200 + $450 + $150 = $1800 ( $1650 without the SSD)

Yeah, any nVidia from 260 on up should work ok ... New releases from nVidia in 2 weeks (I think) and it has been a long time coming) ...

My (VERY) firm recommendation is STILL the QuadroFX 1800 AND a Boot SSD.

Even 750W is overkill for dual SLI/xFire + DRIVES!! ... But, whatever.

= Ain't Gonna Budge =

June 1, 2010 1:58:03 AM

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