Architecture student looking to build/purchase best system for autoCAD/Rendering

Hello all,

I am clueless when it comes to computers, but need a desktop that is fast and powerful to complete tasks for school. I have been researching for a while, but don't completely understand what I should be looking out for when comparing certain components. I will most likely hold onto it for work once I graduate. I will mostly be using it for programs like autoCAD, Rhino, the entire adobe suites, and some other rendering programs. My laptop jut cant handle all of these programs. I am open to building a system and purchasing a complete package, whatever you all would recommend would be best.

I am from the US. I have a budget between $1000-$1500. anything less could also work! I need everything. and two monitors would be great if it could be worked into the budget.

thanks for the help!
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section Forum Feedback to section Systems by Buwish
  2. do you plan to overclock? you could look into a quadro video card but those are a lot more money. you could get a 3930K with its 6 cores but that will be over $1500 with the monitors.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($366.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($139.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($139.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1387.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 19:03 EST-0500)
  3. jonjonjon said:
    do you plan to overclock? you could look into a quadro video card but those are a lot more money. you could get a 3930K with its 6 cores but that will be over $1500 with the monitors.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($366.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($139.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($139.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1387.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 19:03 EST-0500)



    very nice!
    The only thing i would change is the card.
    Video Card: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx787acdbc ($219.98 @ Newegg)
    according to this Revit forum on GPU's http://www.revitforum.org/hardware-infrastructure/72-revit-hardware-video-graphic-cards.html it will be a stellar performer for a 120 bucks less. (i am using it for professional architecture work and am very happy with the performance)
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