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CAD Workstation New Build

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January 3, 2012 11:11:16 AM

Hi All

Recently posted a thread about a new motherboard, and it seems a new build might be the best bet.

Had some great advice on here so far, but thought i'd run this by again.

I will be using the system for CAD modelling and rendering using Solidworks. Little to no Gaming.

This is where I'm at:


Existing Cosmos Coolermaster tower.

Existing Seagate ST3500320AS 500GB Hard Drive SATA II 7200rpm *32MB Cache*

Existing NVidia geforce 8800 gts 512mb graphics card

Existing Thermaltake Toughpower Modular 850W PSU 14cm Fan 12v ATX 8x SATA 24pin


Proposed new items:

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 Socket 1155 onboard 7.1 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

Intel Core i7 2600k 3.4GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2000MHz XMS3 Memory Kit CL9 1.65V

Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound

Zalman CNPS11X Extreme Socket Intel 775, 1155, 1156, 1366 AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 Processor Cooler

Coolermaster High Air Flow Turbine Master 120mm Fan



Any thoughts, tips, advice, recommendations would be much appreciated

Thanks

Rob

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January 3, 2012 11:31:38 AM

DDR3 2000mhz is overkill...For socket 1155 its really almost pointless to go for anything higher then 1333mhz, Since it will down clock the ram anyways. I would save some money and go for the cheaper 1333mhz ram and possible use it for a new video card which will be huge compared to the dinosaur your using. Also if your going Sandybridge, stay around 1.5v for memory. Anything higher could have problems.

Tip: If you do buy a new card wait for mid Jan. AMD is releasing brand new cards soon. I'd look at the 7770 (price/performance) $120-150 Is my guess.

Everything else looks fine. Im typically a MSI/ASUS fan on motherboards, but I did a recent build with a gigabyte low end board and really enjoyed it.

One last thing, with SSD's becoming cheaper it might be worth your while to pick up a good 120gb-256gb for anywhere from 150-400 extra. Just something to look into. I am not sure if its in your budget though. I wanted to make that suggestion.
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