Novice looking to make a design desktop Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: March 16, 2012 6:23 PM in Systems Share Dollx047 March 16, 2012 3:54:34 PM Hey all, college design student So I have a limited budget: (1200-1700) Intended use: 3D rendering, multitasking Programs used: adobe creative suite, 3ds max, autoCAD, Revit Components so far: Processor: i7-26000 (3.4 Ghz w/ 8Mb cache) OS: windows 7 pro Memory: 12 Gb dual channel DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333Mhz-4 DIMMs Primary hard drive: 1Tb- 7200RPM, SATA 3.0 Gb/s, 16Mb cache Video card: 1Gb GDDR5 nvidia geforce GT 545 Any tips for maximizing performance without raising cost? Thanks for your time. More about : novice make design desktop ssddx March 16, 2012 6:06:01 PM i7-2600 should be fine but really anything in the i7 line will work. 12gb ram should be fine. if you want to use a ramdrive suggest getting whatever the max your system can handle. suggest using a 80gb ssd for boot and having another drive for storage. suggest the best video card you can afford. make sure you buy a decent brand psu. probaly in the 600-700w range or so depending on how much crap you pack into your machine. do a power calc. g-unit1111 March 16, 2012 6:23:12 PM Quote:12gb ram should be fine. if you want to use a ramdrive suggest getting whatever the max your system can handle. 12GB is a triple channel (X58) configuartion - that won't work on LGA 1155. You need 8, 16, or 32GB in order for it to properly function. Quote:Video card: 1Gb GDDR5 nvidia geforce GT 545 That's an HTPC card - you want at least a 560TI or a 7850 - that will be the ideal solution. Of course if you can afford a Quaddro that would be the ultimate. For a rendering station here's what I would suggest: Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99 ($10.00 MIR) PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $109.99 ($20.00 MIR) Motherboard: Asus P8B WS - $219.99 CPU: 3.2GHz Intel Xeon E3-1235 - $264.99 RAM: Kingston 8GB Unbuffered Server RAM - $69.99 SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $99.99 HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $119.99 Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99 Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560TI - $229.99 ($20.00 MIR) Total: $1,232.91 - $50.00 MIR = $1,182.91 I know the video card is a bit out of place for this build but it's CUDA enabled which will help for rendering a lot. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumVERY Novice (1st Time Builder) Please help! - i5 Gaming Build ForumFirst build - Core I7 - Looking for any novice mistakes ForumNervous Novice Computer Builder ForumPlease help me check my proposed build for Architecture/ Design ForumIs there an Easy Motherboard for a Novice ? Forumhttp://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] rts-stores ForumNew Gaming PC Build Novice ForumSemi- Novice First Build Forum[SOLVED] COMPLETELY a novice builder - 800-850$ Price Range Gaming RIG ForumSome Simple Advice From A Novice Noob Builder ForumLooking for school laptop for modeling and level design ForumVideo editing novice build for under $1000 ForumA powerful workstation design looking for a few good man! ForumNovice looking to rebuild gaming computer ForumHelp Building $700 Gaming PC Forum[Solved] Looking for Advice on First Build - 2500k or FX-4170 ForumGaming Desktop Starcraft 2 Forum$1000 Desktop Build ForumMy usb bootable ubuntu boots from my laptop but not my desktop build? ForumMake sure this buid will work More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !