Help with home built $2500-3000 workstation Tags: Homebuilt Workstations Systems Last response: February 23, 2012 7:33 PM in Systems Share rainiers February 23, 2012 6:58:05 PM Hello, I helping a friend with building a workstation. He is going to use the pc with Inventor 2012 & Showcase. I'm afraid the GPU might be overkill for his use. This workstation will have to last for about 3-4 years. Is this money well spent or am I spending money on the wrong parts? Asus Sabertooth X79 Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001, 3TB Samsung Syncmaster S27A550H Lite-On IHAS124 Zwart Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Antec Three Hundred Two Cooler Master Hyper 412S Logitech MK260 Wireless Combo Intel Core i7 3820 Boxed Sapphire HD7950 3GB GDDR5 Corsair Enthusiast TX850 Samsung 830 series Desktop Upgrade Kit G.Skill RipjawsZ F3-14900CL9Q2-32GBZL More about : home built 2500 3000 workstation | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove jmsellars1 Homebuilt system Authority February 23, 2012 7:05:59 PM Yeah I don't know for sure but I would imagine that GPU is overkill, the PSU certainly is. 600W would really be more than enough. You could save cash there and go for one of the 6 core CPU's since the budget is high enough and you're going for the X79 socket. | Report abuse JackNaylorPE Homebuilt system Authority February 23, 2012 7:27:08 PM The case is a bit small.....I'd recommend one of the following pairings: Antec 1200 V3 w/ CP-850 PSU Corsair 500R w/ HX850 I'd up to the Hyper 612 PWM or the Scythe Mugen 3 Im partial to the Seagate XT designs http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten... I'd use low profile RAM w/o any unnecessary tall toothy heatsinks ATI was oft coined to mean "Always Trashes Inventor" .... It gets real important if 3D max is gonna be in the mix as nit having an nVidia card, means ya can't use any of the CUDA plug ins. | Report abuse rainiers February 23, 2012 7:33:29 PM AFAIK Inventor likes as much Vram as possible, that's why I chose the 7950. I'm also afraid that if I pick a 570GTX for example, it will get in to trouble with drawings with 1000+ parts. About the RAM: it's 32gb 8x4GB set, I don't think it exists in LP. The thing is: We do have a high budget, but if this pc is overkill, it's a waste of money ofcourse. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Systems>Help with home built $2500-3000 workstation> Related ressources: ForumHelp 3 Compu $ 2500-3000 Photoshop/Illustraor, NAS and budget gaming ForumHelp $ 2500-3000 budget custom gaming setup Forumbuild for friend $ 2500-3000 ForumNew Build: $ 2500-$3000 USD ForumBuilding a i7 Gaming/Computation Computer ($ 2500-3000 budget) ForumNew Build hi-performance Photoshop PC for USD $ 2500-$3000 ForumPre- Built High-End PCs vs. Custom Built High End PCs ForumNeed buy or build advice, 2500-3000 budget gaming pc ForumVideo Editing Build! $ 2500-3000 ForumAdvice on $2500 animation build ForumCustom built home workstation ForumIf your a hardcore gamer what do you use? ForumBest cad machine of Doom? ForumWorkstation PCs - Home Built ForumHome-Built Supercomputer for Scientific Computing ForumPCI compatibility question ForumHelp ForumNeed serious help! ForumSmall gaming pc (help) Forum[Solved] Built a computer, won't power on, need help More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !