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. m 0 l 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 = $1,182.91 I know the video card is a bit out of place for this build but it's CUDA enabled which will help for rendering a lot. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedNovice looking for help with gaming rig Forum SolvedNovice tech user looking to build a new computer Forum SolvedNovice builder, looking for advice! Forum Solvedtotal novice looking for advice on upgrading for PC gaming on a budget Forum SolvedComputer spec novice looking for help getting a gaming/school laptop. Forum Looking to make a good gaming desktop from scratch Forum Traveling nurse looking to build gaming PC(Novice) Forum SolvedLooking to Build My Wife a Hackintosh that She Can Use for Design Work Forum SolvedLooking for a suitable laptop for design school.. help? Forum SolvedI'm looking at buying laptop for my son for graphic design which processor is better Forum SolvedCan you customize a Linux OS by editing files to make it your own design? Forum SolvedLooking for large case, nice design, and good venting Forum SolvedPlease, help me to make a gaming desktop(i got hard drive, monitor, keyboard, mouse). Budget is 1000$. Forum SolvedCritique wanted - first time desktop build for design work Forum What software do i need to design/make/publish websites? Forum SolvedI want to make a gaming desktop under $500 Forum SolvedLaptop v Desktop for Graphic Design, animations and Gaming Forum SolvedFeedback on my Engineering Desktop Design Forum Novice looking for some advice. Forum SolvedWhat modifications (if any) should I make to this design Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !