Help with home built $2500-3000 workstation


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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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

    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.
  3. 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.
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