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CAD build, critique needed

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May 25, 2011 9:20:23 AM

I have built several computers for myself and clients, however they have all been for gaming. I now have a client asking for a machine optimised for CAD. He has given me a parts budget of $2,000.

Total fresh build and this is what I have:

Proc:
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo:
ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
ATI 100-505604 FirePro V7800 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFire Supported Workstation Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x HD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
RAIDMAX Hurricane ATX-248WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive:
LG Black CD/DVD Burner

Keyboard & Mouse:
Logitech MK550 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Wave Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The above build gets me in just under the $2k limit, I'm questioning the GPU the most (is the Quadro equilivent better for $60 more?), but the CPU and RAM are things I'm not totally positive about as well. Are the items I have chosen optimum for CAD in the price limit I have?

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May 25, 2011 12:51:51 PM

Maybe he can wait a while for the new Bulldozer CPUs, they look like they'll be just what he needs. Scheduled in early June.
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