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March 8, 2013 7:16:50 PM

Hi,

I've been following Tom's Hardware for a while but I never asked for anything before so I'm a little newbie around here and I'm sorry if I make mistakes in my language.

I'm helping my father with his new workstation that he is going to be using for Solidworks and AutoCad type programs. Up until now I've come up with the following build;

PCPARTPICKER: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IoRC
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0575 121.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($206.28 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T Mesh (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($151.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell P2412H 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($235.96 @ Mac Mall)
Total: $1409.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 16:42 EST-0500)

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PNY Nvidia Quadro 600 1GB DDR3 128 Bit PCI-e x16

At first I was going for an i7 3930 but I cheked some benchmarks at Solidworks web site and as I understood 3770 and 3930 doesnt have much differences in performance at Solidworks. So I changed the cpu and mobo. I need some advices at this build because I can not be sure of part. I can not define a price interval because prices in US or Europe are so much different than in Turkey. The only thing i'm not considering changing is the graphics card. I have no idea about mobo hdd and ssd so I'm totaly open to your ideas.

Waiting for your replies impatiently :) 

Thanks,

Edit: Now that Im checking other threads, I see that people are posting links of the components. I did not do it because I tried to create this build on a Turkish site. I'm sorry...
Another thing, my father is a little impatient about this build so I wont be able to order components from Ebay. We dont have distributors of Muskin and Crucial in Turkey. And I believe its hard to find AMD workstation graphics cards. Quadros are easier to find.

Edit2: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IoRC
I've made a link for the components like other people did. There is no Quadro 600 so I could not add it.

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March 8, 2013 7:29:20 PM

Double check the needed watage of the build..850w seems a bit overkill. One in the 500 range should do it..I think.

For those programs, its always nice to have a second monitor.

Edit: Look into other storage drives..word of mouth says seagate isn't the greatest...for much of anything
March 8, 2013 7:41:14 PM

plankingdom said:
Double check the needed watage of the build..850w seems a bit overkill. One in the 500 range should do it..I think.

For those programs, its always nice to have a second monitor.

Edit: Look into other storage drives..word of mouth says seagate isn't the greatest...for much of anything


What do you suggest as an alternative for seagate drives? I had 3 WD drives before all of them broke down for no reason so I'm a little bit scared of WD.
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March 8, 2013 7:54:26 PM

Is the power consumption of the system really that low? You are probably right 850 is too much but isnt 500 a little risky? Do I have the chance to overclock with a 500W psu?

Edit: Can anyone who understands from workstations or solidworks-cad programs make some comments on the performance?
March 8, 2013 8:21:45 PM

500 will be fine. With your parts list its tdp (total draw power) is less than 200w (no video card). With the best quatro available (the 6000) your tdp bumps to just over 400. Including a storage drive, you probably wont ever go above 450 even with some OC. The 400 only has a 25-30 wat bump from the base line with all the other parts (250w inc. storage drive). I would drop the PSU down lower, but I am unable to find the power consumption for the 600.
March 8, 2013 8:25:10 PM

Thank you so much you are so helpful :) . I still cant decide on the hdd and ssd. Any suggestions on those?
March 8, 2013 8:44:27 PM

WD has always been reliable for me..you have had some issues in the past with them, so I would suggest either going in a raid 1 setup if you get a 1TB or greater black or blue caviar. I haven't personally had any issues with SeaSonic but I have read that several other posters on this site have in the past.
Any drive you get always has that chance of failure, seasonic has a reportedly higher chance than WD.
As a precaution its always a good idea to have a secondary storage device to back all your files and projects up to. For WD, Black is power and speed, blue is general use.
Might think about cloud storage for important current project backups, just cycle them out to a backup when finished.

Edit: Secondary storage I mentioned would be an external hard drive/flashdrive/disk.
March 8, 2013 8:54:09 PM

My bad, forgot about the SSD...

Either Samsung 840 pro or Crucial M4.
Both are well known for their read/wright speeds.
I personally use an OCZ Agility 3 and have never had a problem with it.
March 8, 2013 9:23:27 PM

I know both samsung and crucial ssd's are great but I cant find them here... Maybe I can just delay that and order one from ebay
March 8, 2013 9:38:33 PM

Yeah, an SSD is very nice to have, but they are not always needed. Getting one later is not a bad idea.
March 8, 2013 9:45:34 PM

Do you have any knowledge about the performance of the rig at 3d design programs?
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