I am thinking of building a new system to run AutoCAD - Revit Architecture Suite 2011,
3dMax 2011, Autodesk ImageModeller and Photoshop CS5
This system will be strictly for work.
Budget is $2400 - $2800. Any suggestions as to choice of hardware would be welcome
I often handle large models over 100 mb
Never having used one, I don't know if a Quadro or Fire GL graphic card is worth the extra expense
My current system is a
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
Gigabyte X48-DQ6 motherboard
MSI N9600GT 512mb DDR3
8.00 GB of ram, @ 800mhz
2x Maxtor DiamondMax 21 SATA 320-GB HDD
Vista Ultimate x64
We just bought a 1/2 dozen cad machines for our office base on:
1) CPU : i7/860, 8 gigabyte memory
2) liquid cooled
3) GPU : Dual gtx9800 video cards, able to run up to 4 monitors, most of us run 2-3 monitors all the time.
4) PSU : 750W Coolmaster Silent pro
5) DISK : dual 500Gigabyte configured as RAID 0 for speed
6) OS : Win7/64 pro
Note, the our goal was for performance while keeping it quiet for the office. I hate hearing all the noisy fans.
This setup only cost about $1400
Everybody likes the systems so far. They run ProE Wildfire just fine along with a boat load of other CAD programs we use. Also with the Nvidia cards can run CUDA code if the CAD programs support it.
Dual 19" monitors, not solitary 19" monitor.
When I need to, I have access to two 32" Samsung Flat panel HDTV's which I prefer to leave for my wife (watching DVDs) & sons (gaming). It helps to keep the peace around the house.
As for the budget, I happen to live in a country where prices are almost double what they are in the US
due to a crippling high interest rate in addition to high import duties.
I could settle for an HP, Dell or Lenovo Workstation but I would have to pay 75% - 80% more than in the US,
all without the benefit of customer support which is practically none existent over here.
The same company offers customer support & service for HP, Dell, Acer & Lenovo. And by the way for Apple as well.
As for leasing at 20% - 25% down payment and 35% - 40% interest rate that's a no go area.
By the time I factor in cost of shipping and import duties it would be closer to $5800.
So for me monitors are secondary. I need as much of that initial $2500 - $2800 to go towards the system it self.
It will probably have to serve for a minimum five years, with some minor upgrades.
(Now what wouldn't I give to be able to apply all that money to the system rather than to some dubious goverment taxes)