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January 15, 2013 7:42:46 PM

Hi, I am building a computer for the first time. I am in the architecture field and will use this computer mainly for 3DS MAX, Revit, CAD, and Adobe Editing Programs. My initial budget was $1,500 but since doing my research I have increased it to $2200. I will in future add more hard drives, blue ray burner, and additional graphics card.
I would love some feedback with the choices I have made so far. Any suggestion on how to cut down cost without cutting too much performance. Thank You.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Hexa Core 3.2 Ghz 12 MB Cache LGA 2011-BX80619173930K ($569.99)

Mother Board: ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS -LGA2011 Intel C602 Chipset DDR3 PCI Express SATA USB3.0 CEB Motherboard ($568.52)

GPU: NVIDIA Quadro 2000 by PNY 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Gen 2 x16 DVI-I DL and Dual DisplayPort OpenGL, Direct X, CUDA and OpenCL Profesional Graphics Board, ($386.49)

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW ($129.99)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL ($74.99)

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series Black 650D Mid Tower Computer Case (CC650DW-1) ($159.99)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series AX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (AX850) ($144.49)

DVD-RW: LG Electronics GH24NS90B 24 X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - Bulk without Software - Black ($25.90)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) ($29.98)

Windows: Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack ($136.98)

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January 15, 2013 7:49:58 PM

I think an Intel i7 3770k would do the job pretty easy rather than the 3930 for about $200 less. although I do not know much about CAD programs. I built a system for a friend of mine and it seemed to work well in CAD programs when I had a very similar build to yours I used a Z77 motherboard and an i7 3770k.
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January 15, 2013 8:08:50 PM

I will also be doing a lot of 3D Max renderings which utilizes the computer cores. Hence why I chose to go with 6 cores instead of 4 cores. Perhaps someone might be able to suggest a cheaper mother board for the CPU i am going with.
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January 15, 2013 8:21:32 PM

One warning is you do not want a cheap part and an expensive part. and if you are going for cores you might want to check out the AMD FX 8350 it has 8 cores and runs at 4.2 GHz its a lot less expensive and all parts that go with it are also.
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January 15, 2013 8:23:11 PM

Cool ill look into it. Thank you for the reply.
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January 15, 2013 8:25:29 PM

I think the intel 6 core with hyperthreading is going to run much better than amd's 8 core CPU.
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January 15, 2013 9:20:31 PM

aaab said:
I think the intel 6 core with hyperthreading is going to run much better than amd's 8 core CPU.

It would run faster although price to power ratio is better on the AMD. although you are correct the Intel is going to be a little better.
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January 15, 2013 11:20:05 PM

the motherboard you listed is a dual cpu motherboard. I would go with a single cpu motherboard like: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 LGA 2011 or a single cpu Asus for under 350.

The processor you picked is great. I would always go Intel when building a high end system like this.
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January 16, 2013 5:26:42 AM

wow thank you for noticing that I picked a dual cpu motherboard, definitely only need a single. Thanks
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January 16, 2013 3:12:31 PM

so i have changed mother boards and went with the suggestion on this forum. Had some last minute questions before I finalize my computer components. The motherboard i will be going with is

ASUS P9X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($304.56)

I choose this one because it supports up to 64GB max ram, has lots of USB 3.0 ports, and also has integrated wifi which a lot of other asus motherboards for the CPU I choose do not have.

Is there a different motherboard I should consider?

Also I am going with 16gb RAM.This is what I chose. Please let me know if there is a better one you recommend.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL - ($89.95)
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January 17, 2013 3:13:05 AM

You might want to go with 1600 or 1866 ram. its a but better for the price you have built it is not to much more price wise.
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January 18, 2013 4:53:50 AM

Intel CPUs are faster but for the price I would go with an AMD 8320-8350, 16gb Ram, and a FirePro 5900.
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