This is my first build project instead of a store bought item so I'm getting bogged down in the shear amount of information regarding CPU's, Memory, GPU's, Mother Boards etc.
I'm changing vocation having worked as an illustrator and model maker and am now moving into 3-D modelling using ZBrush (mainly) with other graphic programmes so this computer will need to be capable of CAD graphics instead of being set up as a gaming PC.
So far I've looked at Cyberpower (Power Mega 2000 CAD – systems) and Aria (Gladiator CAD – systems) websites around the £2k price range. Are there better, more reliable or trustworthy suppliers and if so, who do you recommend?
A few issues I’m trying to find out about are:
CPU – Is an Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Six Core 3.20 GHz 12MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 better than dual cores for CAD operations?
Overclocking – Is this necessary or recommended for CAD workstations?
Operating system – Which is better, Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8 Pro?
Here are the system specs from Cyberpower: (I’m going to buy the monitor, keyboard, speakers etc separately).
Product Name: Power Mega II 2000 CAD (NO MONITOR)
CAS:Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ dual 200mm fans, integrated fan controller, front USB 3.0 Port & Side-Panel Window
CD ioneer BDR-208DBK 15X BLU-RAY Burner & 16X DVD±R/±RW Drive (please select the Blue Ray software in the Software section)
NETWORK NBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT -- As standard on all PCs
OS:Microsoft® Windows 8 Pro (64-bit Edition) (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY:850 Watts Power Supplies (Cyberpower 850watt High Performance Gaming Power Supply)
SOUND:HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
USB1:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports [+0]
VIDEO:NVIDIA Quadro 4000 2GB 16X PCIe Workstation Video Card (SLI) (3D Vision) (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO2:None, or On-Board Integrated Graphics
VIDEO3:None, or On-Board Integrated Graphics
WARRANTY:STANDARD WARRANTY: 3 Year Labour, 1 Year Parts, 1 Month Collect and Return plus Life-Time Technical Support
In terms of final details I would probably include wireless, Bluetooth connectivity and an SD card reader for practical connectivity and usage for a tablet, keyboard, mouse and uploading images from my camera card.
Any practical advice on hardware specifications would be very much appreciated as this is an enormous investment for me. I’m looking for a system that will work really well and be up-gradable, expandable in the future.
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CPU - You will want as much CPU as you can get. With the amount of instructions going on the choice is usually a high end i7 like the Sandy Bridge-E on the LGA2011 platform. Overclocking is not necessary, but there is nothing stopping you either. If you choose an i7-4770k on the LGA 1150 platform then an overclock would be more recommended, but the SB-E is a beast as-is (even more so overclocked).
OS - Win 7 Pro would be my choice at the moment, but the update for Win 8 coming later this year (Blue) will likely change things.
For comparison, the build below uses low latency memory and a pair of SSDs mirrored for the OS drive. Work backward from here, or consider building yourself to save money and get more of a machine.