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August 27, 2011 2:19:05 PM

Hi everyone,

I will build a new pc for architectural and graphic design (Rhino, Autocad, Adobe Ps, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign etc.) but i wanted to make sure i have enough power and the components work well together..



Intel Core i5-2500K, 4x 3.30GHz, boxed

G.Skill RipJaws-X 8GB PC3 CL9-9-9-24 DDR3-1600

ASUS Radeon HD 6870 EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5

Corsair Force Series 3 F120, 120GB SSD (or OCZ Agility 3 120GB)

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1000GB

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3, Z68

Antec High Current Gamer HCG-620, 620W ATX 2.3

Cpu Cooler: Scythe Mugen 2 Rev

Case: NZXT Hades
August 27, 2011 2:51:06 PM

welcome to the forums newcomer!

are you intending to have the rig placed in an office or in your home, or is this as a students rig?

if its in an office try and look at the NZXT H2 classic
the GPU checks out fine but i would side with a GTX 560Ti from nvidia. It has Physx and cuda cores both are utilized by adobe's illustrator and indesign (the latter - i think, but unsure) Rhino also uses physx to offload calculations...try doing a voronoi tesselation on rhino and write codes for each tesselation :p 

if the highcurrent is the same price as any other PSU of that same wattage then get it otherwise , i'd suggest getting something cheaper like a corsairs ranges of PSU's

or an NZXT Hale90 80+gold 550W PSU :)  i know I'm a fan of that PSU cos of its color and design :p 

Keeping another drive similar to the 1TB and running them in RAID 0 would help backup any files in case any one of the drives fails.

Hope this helps...even though thas my opinion :) 
August 27, 2011 4:36:11 PM

thanks a lot, im intending to use the pc at home. thought i may buy the NZXT Hades but the H2 also seems very cool..

well, the thing about the GTX560Ti and NZXT Hale90 is that they're both %50 more expensive than the components that i want to buy, and im not sure if i really need them. Physx is of course an advantage but to be honest i have no idea if it makes a huge differance by rendering @rhino (and i also dont know if rhino supports Physx)

and another hd should be no problem, they're not the most expensive components :) 

thanks a lot for the advices..
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August 27, 2011 5:32:03 PM

janusspiritius said:

ASUS Radeon HD 6870 EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5


You can check to see if this is supported by Autocad. Autodesk has a database of recommended and not recommended hardware on their website.

Generally the ATI FireGL and the Nvicia Quadro cards are the ones that are recommended for Autocad and Revit. You don't mention what OS you are going to use but you do say 8GB of ram which implies 64bit. Our experience in our office was that autocad would use any video you happened to have if you were running 32bit Windows but it required specialized hardware if you were running 64bit Windows. So YMMV WRT the GPU.
August 27, 2011 10:25:53 PM

the 6870 is supported by adobe's suite. I use adobe's CS5 master suite of softwares and i have not problem, probably the HDD size but not with hardware.

Rhyno, i think, doesn't officially mention their support with physx but i did a lot of digging regarding voronoi tes's and i found a lot of info with physx in them...FYI :) 

you could always send them guys at AUTODESK AN email and put out an inquiry into that :) 

hope this helps!
August 27, 2011 11:53:31 PM

thanks for helping, i will also be using CS5 MS.. and any advices about if components work well together.?
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