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3D Modeling and Rendering Workstation

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December 23, 2012 6:53:15 PM

Hi all,

I am looking to build a 3D modeling and rendering workstation primarily for solidworks, modo and the Adobe CS.

I would like to purchase either today or early tomorrow.

The parts I have in my cart so far are:

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO

Processor:
Intel I69-3770K

Memory:
Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10B 16GB

Graphics Card:
PNY VCQ2000-PB Quadro 2000

PSU:
Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 Power Supply - 750 Watts

Case:
Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case

Then using a 120GB SSD for the OS and 2TB hard drive for the main storage.

I will be adding a second SSD as a scratch drive in the future and stepping up to 32GB RAM.

Using Windows 7 Professional


I am interested in your thoughts on compatibility and end results.


Thanks!

Dave
December 23, 2012 7:02:18 PM

awesome build...

make sure you get decent cooler, the mainstream evo 212 will do

3770k is hot even at stock speed
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December 23, 2012 7:32:16 PM

for adobe CS, a gtx 600 series card is better but if you are rendering graphics, a quadro might be better.

are your programs mainly raw compute power based or are they mainly threaded based?

included a 660ti instead of a quadro card.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tO4v

-if you are not to overclock, you can get a xeon e3 1230v2 instead and you can save 100 dollars. the e3 1230v2 is basically a i7 3770 without graphics at the price of a i5
-if you are not overclocking, take out the hyper 212 evo
-instead of a seperate scratch disk, you can use amd ramdisk software to setup a ram disk. its much faster than a ssd or ssds in raid 0. just that you will lose your data once you power the system off
-there is no reason to get the z77-vpro unless you can actually use all the ports
- i have a cheaper case that is VERY well built
-no reason to go 750w when you only have one card in the rig
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December 23, 2012 7:33:36 PM

AMD Radeon said:
awesome build...

make sure you get decent cooler, the mainstream evo 212 will do

3770k is hot even at stock speed


the 3770k is pretty cool. stock speed under full load with stock cooler is 70c for me. but if you use a xeon, its around 50c
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December 23, 2012 7:33:51 PM

by the way, if you want to use more than 4gb for the ramdisk, you would have to pay 20 bucks to get the full thing
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December 23, 2012 8:10:03 PM

TheBigTroll said:
for adobe CS, a gtx 600 series card is better but if you are rendering graphics, a quadro might be better.

are your programs mainly raw compute power based or are they mainly threaded based?

included a 660ti instead of a quadro card.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tO4v

-if you are not to overclock, you can get a xeon e3 1230v2 instead and you can save 100 dollars. the e3 1230v2 is basically a i7 3770 without graphics at the price of a i5
-if you are not overclocking, take out the hyper 212 evo
-instead of a seperate scratch disk, you can use amd ramdisk software to setup a ram disk. its much faster than a ssd or ssds in raid 0. just that you will lose your data once you power the system off
-there is no reason to get the z77-vpro unless you can actually use all the ports
- i have a cheaper case that is VERY well built
-no reason to go 750w when you only have one card in the rig




Thanks for your input. I will be looking to overclock as I regularly work on large component assemblies and I need all the processing power I can get.

I started researching the 660ti to start with but I was looking at Solidworks and their system requirements and they suggested a Quadro as I don't need the refresh rates of the gaming style graphics cards. I will look to expand in the future and add more cards to the set up. Is there an equivalent Asus board you would recommend? I have just heard good things about them?.

Thanks! Dave
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December 23, 2012 8:13:07 PM

Love that I69. I hear it's more fun than an I7.....
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December 23, 2012 8:36:58 PM

well the thing is that CS6 would be faster using a 660ti, but as you said, solidworks might like a quadro card better

there are equivalen asus boards but the extreme4 offers a lot more for that price range. such as a 8 phase power design vs 4 (irrelevant if not going above 4.5ghz, which is the general limit), esata,and more sata ports

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71114&vpn=P8Z77-V%20LK...
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