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First build - heavy, daily 3D modeling - $1500 BUDGET

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May 13, 2012 3:45:25 AM

The main purpose of this post is to confirm the parts' compatibility and get some input from whoever about whatever..

I am building a computer for my dad, who uses Revit 3D modeling heavily for his architecture.
Will be used nearly everyday for around 8 hours. (1) Revit (2) Photoshop (3) Word (4) Chrome
Our budget is $1500.
The parts below total up to $1491 after tax.
There is about a $60 mail in rebate so we have some cash to spare.
We're set on the i7.
We have all accessories such as the monitor/mouse/keyboard etc.
Preferred site: Newegg.com
We don't need to overclock.
We are in California.

I put together some parts and showed it to him. He says he wants the parts to have guaranteed compatibility before he orders them. I just need you guys to confirm that the parts are all compatible. I'm sure they're alright for the most part but people make mistakes.

All help is highly appreciated! The more the better.. A certain person who I'm related to doesn't have a certain amount of trust for the Internet *cough

PARTS:

CPU:
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE:
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HARD DRIVE:
Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(no SSD for now - saving money)

GRAPHICS CARD - IMPORTANT
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD:
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPERATING SYSTEM:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER:
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Is there anything I should trim down? He'll be using this a minimum of 4 years. Anything I should change? Another cooler?

THANK YOU!!
David :D 
May 13, 2012 4:26:44 AM

I'm gonna warn you - Revit is an incredibly demanding program - you'll need to beef up your GPU quite a bit, the 560TI won't cut it - you'll need a 670 or even a Quaddro to get the fine lines rendered. If you're dead set on getting the i7 - don't get the 2600K, get the new 3770K instead. You don't need a D14 if you're not going to overclock - you can run on the stock fan and be perfectly fine.

Try this build:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-3770S - $319.99
RAM: 16GB (4 x 4GB) Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5V - $89.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $79.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99 - *OR* - PNY Quaddro 2000 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $1,517.99
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May 13, 2012 4:27:31 AM

You left out the part whether you plan on using dual vid cards later on. I'm guessing you do by looking at that board and 750w psu. No need for that Noctua cpu cooler if your not going to over clock. It's a waste of $$.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $449.98 save: $20.00
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770

2 x 8GB of RAM so you leave yourself an upgrade path for another set of that RAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO

Also look at amazon so you don't eat the tax.
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May 13, 2012 4:29:46 AM

The gaming graphics card is a bad idea . Use a quaddro or firepro instead .

The power supply is massive overkill .

a noisy gamer case is not ideal either

and the expensive and large cpu cooler not required . Even a $30 Hyper 212 will let you OC .



Ivy bridge cpu
Cheaper z77 mb
4 x4 gig of RAM
quaddro graphics
40 gig SSD cache drive
hard drive
quiet case
500- 550 watt psu
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May 13, 2012 4:31:18 AM

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Thanks for your help. Just wondering why he would need W7 Pro?
g-unit1111 said:
I'm gonna warn you - Revit is an incredibly demanding program - you'll need to beef up your GPU quite a bit, the 560TI won't cut it - you'll need a 670 or even a Quaddro to get the fine lines rendered. If you're dead set on getting the i7 - don't get the 2600K, get the new 3770K instead. You don't need a D14 if you're not going to overclock - you can run on the stock fan and be perfectly fine.

Try this build:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-3770S - $319.99
RAM: 16GB (4 x 4GB) Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5V - $89.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $79.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99 - *OR* - PNY Quaddro 2000 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $1,517.99

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May 13, 2012 4:41:17 AM

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Thanks for your help. Just wondering why he would need W7 Pro?


It does away with Home Premium's RAM limitations and you can run backwards compatibility mode. Home Premium can only address up to ~16GB, if you need to run more - and on a Revit build - you will, you'll need Pro for the full access to large amounts of RAM. I'd actually recommend X79 for hex-core processing and up to 64GB of RAM but that could run up to $2K or more.
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May 13, 2012 4:47:27 AM

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Makes sense. That includes XP mode, correct? He has a lot of old software.. would there be any reason XP would help? If I got W7 Pro 64-bit, would 32-bit software work in XP mode?

Thanks.
g-unit1111 said:
Quote:
Thanks for your help. Just wondering why he would need W7 Pro?

It does away with Home Premium's RAM limitations and you can run backwards compatibility mode. Home Premium can only address up to ~16GB, if you need to run more - and on a Revit build - you will, you'll need Pro for the full access to large amounts of RAM. I'd actually recommend X79 for hex-core processing and up to 64GB of RAM but that could run up to $2K or more.

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May 13, 2012 4:51:22 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The gaming graphics card is a bad idea . Use a quaddro or firepro instead .

The power supply is massive overkill .

a noisy gamer case is not ideal either

and the expensive and large cpu cooler not required . Even a $30 Hyper 212 will let you OC .



Ivy bridge cpu
Cheaper z77 mb
4 x4 gig of RAM
quaddro graphics
40 gig SSD cache drive
hard drive
quiet case
500- 550 watt psu

+1

Best advice on this thread by far.
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May 13, 2012 5:27:34 AM

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Makes sense. That includes XP mode, correct? He has a lot of old software.. would there be any reason XP would help? If I got W7 Pro 64-bit, would 32-bit software work in XP mode?


Yes - when you want to run in backwards compatibility it will run all the way to Win 95 - you just right click the program, click properties -->compatibility mode--> run in XP compatibility.
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