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First build need advice $1800 3D CAD

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July 20, 2011 9:21:06 PM

I want a system that can handle large assemblies in Pro/Engineer and analyze them quickly.

This is my first build so I want to make sure that all of the components are compatible and are suited for my needs.

My budget is 1800 and I will probably overclock.

GPU
PNY VCQ4000-PB Quadro 4000 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Workstation Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical
LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Super Multi WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat Sink
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WIFI
Rosewill RNX-G300LX Wireless Adapter Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128bit WEP WPA WPA2 802.1x, 802.11i, AES, TKIP with 2 dBi Antenna
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 21, 2011 2:08:19 PM

My Thoughts:

This MB seems to have less issues for the same price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You might want to go with a 80-128 GB SSD. reading large files from the "green" drive might be rather slow. its a good storage drive, but not for working projects. A 64 GB SSD may not give you enough room for OS,APPS and projects.

For Ram, the Hyper 212+ will mostly likely block the first ram slot if the ram has tall heat sinks like the RipJaws do. I recommend going with one of these:

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$154.99

for a work station I don't think you really need a Blu Ray Burner?
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July 21, 2011 6:39:41 PM

Thanks for the advice!

I selected that MB with that memory because there was a $50 package discount. Do you think I should get a different heatsink that would accomodate that memory or get new MB and RAM and lose $50? Is there a different heat sink you would recommend that would be adequate for overclocking?

Originally I had selected this MB before I found the discount:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would you still recommend your GIGABYTE MB or is the ASRock better?

New SSD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I selected the Blu Ray Burner because this is my only machine and I want to be able to play/burn Blu Rays on it and there was a $15 package discount that made the purchase a little easier.
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July 21, 2011 8:25:50 PM

beevasorus said:
Thanks for the advice!

I selected that MB with that memory because there was a $50 package discount. Do you think I should get a different heatsink that would accomodate that memory or get new MB and RAM and lose $50? Is there a different heat sink you would recommend that would be adequate for overclocking?

Originally I had selected this MB before I found the discount:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would you still recommend your GIGABYTE MB or is the ASRock better?

New SSD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I selected the Blu Ray Burner because this is my only machine and I want to be able to play/burn Blu Rays on it and there was a $15 package discount that made the purchase a little easier.


I like the Gigabyte MB, it seems to have less manufacturing defects so far (DOA) and it has a solid 12 phase VRM (for overclocking) vs only an 8 phase VRM on the ASRock mb.

the SSD you picked is a good one.

For using the memory with tall heat sinks you may have to go liquid cooling corsair H50/60/70. not many HSF's fit over those Ram sticks. I run a CM Gemini II S and RipJaw X's and I have about 1.5mm of clearance.
this one fits over the ram, but has some mixed reviews on cooling.
COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520
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