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March 20, 2010 4:03:29 PM

This is the system that I am proposing putting together. This is my first time and I am thinking about overlocking as well.


Processor=i7 920-----$199.00
Graphics Card=Nvidia Quadro FX 580-----$189.99
MoBO=Asus P6T X58-----$229.99
Power Supply=ANTEC Earthwatts 750w ATX----$99.99
Case=ANTEC ATX Mid Tower Case----$49.99
HardDrive =1 TB Hard Drive OEM/Retail----$84.99
RAM=Corsair 6GB i7 triple kit CL8----$179.99
DVD=LG CD/DVD 24x internal SATA DVD-RW----$29.99
Cooler=V8 Universal CPU Cooler $59.99


Any and all comments would be helpful. Especially pertaining to the graphics card, as I thought about spending more and getting the FX 1800 instead of the FX 580. Would I really notice a huge difference between the cards? Most of my work is architecturally related. I use the Adobe suite heavily as well as CAD, 3DS MAX and Digital Project(Catia). At times the models get complex and its frustrating to use a laptop; Which is the reason for building my own system. Money is an issue and would like to keep everything priced at what I have already, which is somewhere around $1200.

As soon as I get a blessing on this build I will purchase the components immediately.

Thanks in advance.

Geraud Duroc



March 22, 2010 3:18:58 AM

From my experience with Maya and CAD, the CPU is more important. The graphics card is still crucial, but you should be fine with the FX 580. When rendering stuff you will be relying mostly on the processor.
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March 22, 2010 3:42:59 AM

^+1 for the above...
Few suggestions...

1. CPU - Get the i7 930 instead...they are newer, faster and are better binned parts...And also these have a higher multiplier, hence overclock will be easy...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

2. RAM - IMO the more the RAM, the better...I would suggest you to get 6GB more of RAM (12GB in total)...And some other good RAM options for less...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. PSU - 750W for that setup ?
IMO a 450-500W would suffice...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

4. Mobo - A newer one with USB 3.0/ SATA 6GB/s
GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

5. A faster HDD -
Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 29, 2010 11:22:59 AM

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