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December 7, 2010 11:21:49 PM

Hi, I need to build a new machine to run 3DS Max / mental ray, AutoCad, CS5, and Rhino 3D. We have a monitor already, a Dell Ultrasharp 2410, which is currently hooked up to a Sony Vario laptop that can no longer keep up with 3DS Max at all, and AutoCad barely.

Here is what I've picked out:

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Item #: N82E16819115211

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128423

PNY VCQ4000-PB Quadro 4000 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Workstation Video Card
Item #: N82E16814133324

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-12GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231406

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139006

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drives - Qty of 2
Item #: N82E16822152185

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204

Arctic Silver AA-1.75G Thermal Compound
Item #: N82E16835100014

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116758


Although I'm not totally sure about the memory choice, but it all seems pretty standard except for the GPU. Will the performance be worth twice the price of something like this?:

PNY VCGGTX570XPB GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Model #:VCGGTX570XPB
Item #:N82E16814133370

It's $779.99 vs. $349.99. I don't mind spending the money for the Quadro 4000 *if* we'd see a noticeable improvement in performance in 3DS Max.

It's for my 5th year college kid daughter. I'd really appreciate any help with this system. Especially with the GPU question and also the best memory choice. Thanks.

-Dad-



December 8, 2010 12:31:32 AM

One thing I noticed (maybe i missed it though). I wouldn't think you would need the thermal compound if you're using the stock cooler for the CPU. They usually come with thermal compound pre-applied.
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December 8, 2010 1:26:16 AM

jasper05 said:
One thing I noticed (maybe i missed it though). I wouldn't think you would need the thermal compound if you're using the stock cooler for the CPU. They usually come with thermal compound pre-applied.


Sorry, I forgot to cut and paste it in. I can't look it up because I'm home now on a dial-up connection and it would take about a hour to find out but it's a good one and would allow for overclocking if necessary.
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December 8, 2010 3:43:25 PM

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build looks good, maybe add a second HDD, a smaller one of booting the OS.
keep the 1TB as storage and not two big HDD's.


As far as the dial-up, yea it's pretty sad, but I DO enjoy living out in the sticks.

Could you advise me on something? The idea of a small HD for the OS. What about a SSD? I'm an old-timer (from CP/M days ) and I have NO experience with SSD's at all. Would that be a good choice for the OS to reside on, in order to get a really fast boot time? I have no clue. Thanks.
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