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September 2, 2012 5:12:29 PM

I would first like to thank anyone willing to help out. This is my first build, and I am pretty excited about getting started. I would like to know if these parts are compatible and if you would suggest anything different. I am an architecture student, and I need a machine to replace my aging laptop.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D modeling, CAD, Architectural renderings

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:none


Parts Preferences:none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I am going to be using this build with programs such as AutoCAD, Maya, Revit, Rhino, and V-ray

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.94 @ Adorama)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: PNY Quadro 4000 2GB Video Card ($703.71 @ B&H)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.49 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($100.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VW246H 24.0" Monitor ($183.95 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Logitech K270 Wireless Standard Keyboard ($27.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $1896.99
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 13:10 EDT-0400)

Thank you so much for your help!

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September 2, 2012 6:02:34 PM

Hello Sarch

That is a good build but wait a second...
It is a good build for modeling indeed and you will have fun, though I am not entirely 100% sure that it is a good build based from consumer components such as ripjaw memry modules and CPU consumer for CAD application specific. Also, is the quadro 4000 certified for CAD?

The CPU is 130 watts if I am not mistaken, and the video card is roughly around 140 to 150 watts as well. Can anyone tell us if Sarch has enough margin with power supply knowing he cannot/does not do SLI? To me it sounds a green go but I would suggest finding an online PSU calculator somewhere to make sure

Can anyone critic or already have experience with CAD and PC consumer components?
Again I do not do CAD at all but I know it is a very slightly different market than general and/or media modeling/rendering software.