Hello, I am an architecture student and after using the computers supplied to us for a few months I have decided it is time to purchase something with ALOT more power. I typically have to run multiple programs simultaneously such as Adobe Suites (Usually Photoshop and Illustrator). I also am required to use programs such as Graphics processing, Architecture softwares, AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Rhino 3d, photoshop etc.; other purpose include using it for internet browsing, downloading, Microsoft office, watching HD movies, songs etc. I have reviewed some other posts on the website regarding this subject but most seems to be outdated by a few months. I do not plan on using it much for gaming but would like to get as much power as I can for the money and if possible keep the price under $1000. if possible $800 would be even better. To sum it all up I need something that I can run multiple programs quickly without a lot of down time. If building my own would be a better option that is fine as I have a buddy who can help me, but he has always dealt with gaming computers so he isn't sure what my cheapest/best options are here. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Black Edition Thuban 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor Plus ASUS ENGTX570/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card: $521.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
6 cores will be better than 4 for your needs. The 570 is for CUDA, and is hugely powerful. The 1075t can be overclocked to 4 GHz easily.
The build that you provided looks awesome. Obviously I know my priorities are in the RAM as well as the processor. Would possibly looking into a different processor/video card save me some money while keeping good performance? Do I really need a $350 video card? any help would be appreciated.
- Try to pick 1600 mhz RAMs if you are planning to over clock
- Yes CUDA is very important for you, thus can take a GTX 470, which has the same configuration (Slightly slower) but has the same number of CUDA cores, plus its $100 cheaper. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
Thats the bench marks http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/311?vs=306
Well, you said you don't really need it for gaming so you need more focus on CUDA's direct compute, which divides the work from the CPU to the GPU(Sharing work), so i think it would do good.
If you need work station GPU's then its a different story entirely because those are built for extreme graphics processing, and probably will fit your needs better. http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadrofx_family.html
Nvidia Quadro Family range of GPUs
Thanks for posting the benchmark results. As for the GPU I do not necessarily see myself needing something "work station" right now. I am only in my second year and don't have anything that "extreme" so I think that the GTX 470 you recommended should suffice.