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January 19, 2013 2:20:00 AM

I wanna build a PC...or buy a HP Z800 with Quadro 4000

i need a PC..which allow me to do a lot of work at the same time..

* 3DS MAXS, for 3D modeling
* AutoDesk Inventor 3D modeling, MAchine Simulation...FEA..for less than 500 parts
* about 5 Excel Files running at sametime..each of them having a few thousand lines.and 15 column.. pilot table..charts..etc.
* Solidwork 3D AND 2D
*AUTOCAD FOR 2D
* 2 AI running...
* 3 Chrome Windows..likely to have more than 10 tabs each
* Storage of HD Music files..and Streaming music over WIFI or lan to my Audio setup background music with work all time..
* Storage of Movie...sending movie to my projector (when movie..., then only Internet..but no work..)
*Running 3 Monitors (2x 21 inch, and one 27inchs)

Should I go for a HP Z800 with dual Xeon + a quadro 4000 Card. from HP outlet.(quite good price for such build).and put in another GTX or ATI card.. if such how;s do they work together..? Application specific Monitors Via Quadro ,and Via GTX...or
i notice some guy talk about Quadro 4000 as GUI and GTX as GPU ....what is that all about..?

or it is wiser to build my own PC....(seem nice ...which can be overclocked....get work done faster with less $$)

Although work i am doing on this PC is nothing critical...which my my personal hobby business..which i custom build some machine and sell them to specific customer with specific need... i do care productivity


i am using a IBM workstation at work and a Macbook Pro at the sametime..

this new machine shall be used at home...

thx..for reading..as i have not build any since 13 yrs ago..

my budget is around usd 3000
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January 19, 2013 2:46:12 AM

nice set up..but it do not come with a quadro card for my 3d work...

those HP Z800 workstation with 2 Xeon (lga 1366 6 core ..sort of old..) with quadro 4000 cost me less than usd 2000...

expected those newer xeon shall be faster.... and seem that evga mobo can be overclocked too...interesting.. however with a quadro 4000...which shall over my budget

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January 19, 2013 2:49:36 AM

for $3000... you might as well as go for a i7 3930k and overclock it... it'll perform vastly superior to that combo deal he posted...
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January 19, 2013 2:53:06 AM

killerhurtalot said:
for $3000... you might as well as go for a i7 3930k and overclock it... it'll perform vastly superior to that combo deal he posted...



which seem to be it...., however for multi tasking...and my 3D work...do i need more core..than 6 cores...and a quadro seem to be a good idea
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January 19, 2013 3:01:31 AM

hahayan said:
which seem to be it...., however for multi tasking...and my 3D work...do i need more core..than 6 cores...and a quadro seem to be a good idea


When doing 3D work, cores and speed both matter equally since the programs actually do use all cores at max clock.

So a six core processor at 4.0 ghz will perform just as well as two 6 core processors at 2.0 ghz.

Here's a build around $2900 without monitor/keyboard/etc... but only 32 GB of ram (which should be more than enough but you can easily add another 32 gb if needed) You should be able to overclock the processor to 4.5ghz easily with the cooler...

Do you need a monitor/keyboard/etc for this build? or just the computer and a case.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($82.34 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 PRO ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($303.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($228.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: PNY Quadro 4000 2GB Video Card ($793.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($316.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2842.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 23:59 EST-0500)
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January 19, 2013 3:06:59 AM

hahayan said:
which seem to be it...., however for multi tasking...and my 3D work...do i need more core..than 6 cores...and a quadro seem to be a good idea

hmm,Well like above

3930k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus sabertooth x79 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Quadro 4000 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
750w modular psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1tb Wd black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
32gb ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NZXT Phantom 820 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
H100i http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical drive (If you need one) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:$2,384.91 or add windows (extra $100) and you have it up to $2,484,91 and that will do EVERYTHING you need it too! :) 

NOW this is optional if you have windows 7 dont bother buying it but if you dont then grab this
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January 19, 2013 3:54:56 AM

Sound logical about a fast 6 cores at 4hz may be better than 2x lga1366, 2.6hz xenon with 12 cores.....and I have all the rest, I just need a PC with a case..and a good power supply..32g ram may be ok...may to be ok...not sure until I try..

And comment of picking up that hp z800 with quadro 4000 and 2 xeon e5649?
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January 19, 2013 4:33:50 AM

how much is the z800?

And you're paying a premium on the Z800 for the service they provide on it. like 2nd day delivery and fixing problems and stuff...
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January 19, 2013 6:02:56 AM

killerhurtalot said:
how much is the z800?

And you're paying a premium on the Z800 for the service they provide on it. like 2nd day delivery and fixing problems and stuff...


it is about USD 2000...or 1900.....it is what they called Remarket or refurbished...some of the vendor may be new too...

it has 2 xeon 5520 or 5649 quadro 4000, 850w power supply, 8 G ram...500G harddisc..
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January 19, 2013 7:18:25 AM

Ya... that might be a better deal then... if it's only $2000... cause you can upgrade that ram and hdd easily...
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January 19, 2013 9:19:43 AM

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

GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD5 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive X 2

CORSAIR Vengeance 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model


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

OCZ Vector Series VTR1-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC


EVGA 04G-P4-3687-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP 99


SeaSonic Platinum-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply


CORSAIR Vengeance 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model


CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler


those items above already USD 3229 ...and suppose a good case will cost me around usd 150..., so it si about usd 3500...


if i add those items to the HP Z800


Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA 04G-P4-3687-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

NVIDIA Gift Game Borderlands 2

Kingston 64GB (4 x 16GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ECC Registered Server Memory DR x4 Model

OCZ Vector Series VTR1-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC

it is about USD 1361 + 1900 = $ 3261......

(i have win7 pro already)

wonder....wonder...which system me better faster ?for the next 3 to 4 yrs..
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January 19, 2013 9:33:29 AM

EchoOne said:
hmm,Well like above

3930k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus sabertooth x79 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Quadro 4000 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
750w modular psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1tb Wd black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
32gb ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NZXT Phantom 820 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
H100i http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical drive (If you need one) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:$2,384.91 or add windows (extra $100) and you have it up to $2,484,91 and that will do EVERYTHING you need it too! :) 

NOW this is optional if you have windows 7 dont bother buying it but if you dont then grab this



your list seeem sensible too..
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January 19, 2013 10:23:46 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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January 19, 2013 1:57:15 PM

hahayan said:
your list seeem sensible too..

Yeah i mean for what your doing that list is perfect,I have the i7 3820 and i do video rendering,3d modeling in mudbox and i have ALOT of tabs open at once but i mean the 3930k is a powerhouse for a gaming and workstation cpu.And once overclocked holy ***...haha its beast
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January 29, 2013 5:01:59 AM

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