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FINAL CHECK $3600 CAD+3D MODELING BUILD

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June 21, 2012 12:26:06 AM

Hello Everyone,
I have been searching, and reading and looking all over the internet to find an answer to several questions I've got about this build, but I haven't been able to get an accurate answer. My first doubt is about my cpu, is intel i7 3930k good enough for rendering or would it be better to get a dual cpu motherboard and 2 xeon E5-2600 series (maybe less ghz, about 2.5, but dual...) and is Corsair's H100 a good choice for cooling my CPU or is it overkilling it? (Would H60 do the trick?) Secondly, about the GPU... Im going to be using a lot of 3ds Max, VRay, iray, MentalRay, Lumion, TwinMotion, Adobe Suite, etc... no videogames. Now, I know Quadros are perfect for 3ds Max and ADOBE, but as far as Lumion goes I think it might not be the best choice. I was thinking about geting instead of it a GeForce gtx580, should I do that? And last but not least, are my PSU and both monitors good choices or is there anything wrong I should know about them?

Thanks to everyone in advance!

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Approximate Purchase Date: Less than a week.

Budget Range: $3,600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: BIM/3D modeling (3ds Max/Revit), Rendering (Vray/MentalRay/Lumion), CAD (AutoCAD), Image Editing(PS), Audio Editing, Video Editing (multimedia).

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and Mouse (I'm open to any suggestions though)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: México

Parts Preferences: Your choice.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (suggestions?)

Additional Comments: I just want to build a powerful workstation capable of satisfying my 3d modeling and rendering needs.


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This is my build so far:


CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler & Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

MoBo: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-19200CL10Q-32GBZHD

Graphic Card: PNY VCQ4000-PB Quadro 4000 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Workstation Video Card

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM

PSU: KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 1000W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC W/ 3-Way LED Switch and Universal Modular Connector ...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Monitor: ASUS VG Series VG23AH Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 3D LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 80,000,000:1, IPS Panel, Height & Swivel ...
Monitor2: Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black 24" 8ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD IPS Panel Monitor

Input: 3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 Silver/Black 2 Buttons USB Optical SpaceNavigator SE

Os: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM
June 21, 2012 12:40:48 AM

H100, is this a show system perhaps?

i would personally go for air cooling, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... here is a good air cooler

the 3930k will be good, it wont be as fast as the dual xeons, but it will still be very good

for professional apps, go for professional graphics, regular cards will preform poorly in them where professional cards excel
June 21, 2012 12:53:30 AM

nna2 said:
H100, is this a show system perhaps?

i would personally go for air cooling, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... here is a good air cooler

the 3930k will be good, it wont be as fast as the dual xeons, but it will still be very good

for professional apps, go for professional graphics, regular cards will preform poorly in them where professional cards excel


I definitely agree with this - the D14 will be a safer choice than the H100 will, but you'll need the version made for LGA 2011 CPUs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also the higher RAM speeds will be a waste - your motherboard will run by default the lowest speeds and timings that it can handle - you don't want to go over 1600 or risk having bad things happen to your system.

I also think I'd switch the PSU - this would be a far better bet: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 21, 2012 1:28:55 AM

nna2 said:
H100, is this a show system perhaps?

i would personally go for air cooling, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... here is a good air cooler

the 3930k will be good, it wont be as fast as the dual xeons, but it will still be very good

for professional apps, go for professional graphics, regular cards will preform poorly in them where professional cards excel




Thanks nna2, I just changed H100 for Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler on my list. I know xeons would be faster... I wish I had that kind of money....
June 21, 2012 1:35:43 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I definitely agree with this - the D14 will be a safer choice than the H100 will, but you'll need the version made for LGA 2011 CPUs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also the higher RAM speeds will be a waste - your motherboard will run by default the lowest speeds and timings that it can handle - you don't want to go over 1600 or risk having bad things happen to your system.

I also think I'd switch the PSU - this would be a far better bet: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/11/04/kingwin_lz100...
these guys say its a good PSU, and its a bit cheaper
June 21, 2012 1:38:01 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I definitely agree with this - the D14 will be a safer choice than the H100 will, but you'll need the version made for LGA 2011 CPUs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also the higher RAM speeds will be a waste - your motherboard will run by default the lowest speeds and timings that it can handle - you don't want to go over 1600 or risk having bad things happen to your system.

I also think I'd switch the PSU - this would be a far better bet: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Thank you g-unit1111, you've been really helpful, I had no idea about the RAM speeds issue. I'm looking at this G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q2-32GBZL, would it be a better choice?
I already changed the PSU.
June 21, 2012 2:14:21 AM

^yes, 1.5V is what ive heard to be the best for intel systems, i would suggest ram with the timings of 9.9.9.24
June 21, 2012 3:38:11 AM

dantalion said:
Thank you g-unit1111, you've been really helpful, I had no idea about the RAM speeds issue. I'm looking at this G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q2-32GBZL, would it be a better choice?
I already changed the PSU.


Yes that will work - you'll want to make sure the voltage matches your motherboard's specifications.
June 21, 2012 4:38:29 AM

Thanks nna2 and g-unit1111, I really appreciate your help.
So, this is my build so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler & Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

MoBo: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q2-32GBZL

Graphic Card: PNY VCQ4000-PB Quadro 4000 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Workstation Video Card

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Monitor: ASUS VG Series VG23AH Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 3D LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 80,000,000:1, IPS Panel, Height & Swivel ...
Monitor2: Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black 24" 8ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD IPS Panel Monitor

Input: 3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 Silver/Black 2 Buttons USB Optical SpaceNavigator SE

Os: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM



Are both monitors good choices? I've read wonders about Dell UltraSharp but Im not sure about ASUS.


Once again, thanks for your help :) 
June 21, 2012 6:18:38 AM

dantalion said:
Thanks nna2 and g-unit1111, I really appreciate your help.
So, this is my build so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler & Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

MoBo: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q2-32GBZL

Graphic Card: PNY VCQ4000-PB Quadro 4000 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Workstation Video Card

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Monitor: ASUS VG Series VG23AH Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 3D LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 80,000,000:1, IPS Panel, Height & Swivel ...
Monitor2: Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black 24" 8ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD IPS Panel Monitor

Input: 3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 Silver/Black 2 Buttons USB Optical SpaceNavigator SE

Os: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM



Are both monitors good choices? I've read wonders about Dell UltraSharp but Im not sure about ASUS.


Once again, thanks for your help :) 


ASUS makes good monitors
June 21, 2012 6:25:58 PM

Perfect. All done then. Thanks a lot to both of you. It's been really helpful.
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