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£1,000-1,500 build for 3D Maya, Revit - opinions please

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October 5, 2011 10:11:12 PM

Hello, computer semi-moron here,

I’m planning to attempt a self-build for running Revit and Maya on 64-bit Windows 7, and I’d be grateful if anyone can offer some feedback on my proposed setup. I don’t know much about components, so the spec below is just what I’ve gleaned from browsing recent forums and reading technical reviews over the last week.
Specifically, I’d be grateful for any advice on what’s better for Maya, 3D Studio Max, Revit etc as opposed to gaming. Here goes-

Approximate Purchase Date: next few weeks

Budget Range: £1000-1500 (GBP) but no frills

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D design & rendering, Office, Internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse,speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: UK based

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia graphics (from what I've read).

Overclocking: probably at some point

SLI or Crossfire: probably not needed as far as I understand

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Smooth orbiting on models is more a priority than killer rendering times

Processor: Intel Core i7 2600k

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 extreme4 (chose this because it seemed a good middle-of-the-road Z68 board)
http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=193...

Intel Larsen Creek 20GB SSD (considering using Intel smart response technology)

HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (or WD Caviar Black 1TB. Both seem popular)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_12?url=searc...

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler (not sure if this is necessary .. please advise)
http://www.bestsaleshop.co.uk/cooler-master-hyper-212-p...

Power supply: OCZ 600W ModXStream Pro
http://www.amazon.co.uk/OCZ-600W-ModXStream-Power-Suppl...

Memory: Not sure yet .. needs to fit under the CPU cooler.

GPU: Nvidia Quadro 600 (the most problematic item so far - can't get a consensus of opinion on which £150 GPU is best for 3D design. Might wait and see how it runs without before buying this)

Case: aesthetics not a consideration so anything big and roomy will do

Monitor: ASUS VE278Q 27” (Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) support and HDMI port)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0041RXPQY/ref=asc_df_B0041R...

I hope there's enough info there. Just to confuse matters, tonight I read about the Intel Ivy Bridge and AMD bulldozer chips that are about to be released, so dithering about whether to wait or not.

Any advice greatly appreciated -
Spencer
October 5, 2011 10:28:34 PM

ivy bridge isn't going to be until 2012, though sandy bridge-e will soon be released. Since this isn't going to be for gaming, and rather programs that will benefit from hyperthreading and more cores, i'd wait for them to come out. you may want to get the highest end bulldozer (I never remember the product numbers), which has 8 cores.
So i'd advise wait until new ones come out, and then decide.
October 6, 2011 9:30:48 AM

Thanks for your reply.

Judging from this artice:
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/sandy-bridge-e-core-i-...

The i7 2600k equivalent (which seems to be the i7 3830k) is expected to be around $580, which is quite a hike from the price of the 2699k and is realistically out of my price range .. I have to draw the line somewhere!

Anyway, there seem to be quite a few things happening on the CPU front at the moment so maybe it's a good idea to just wait a while as you say.
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October 6, 2011 1:01:25 PM

Your SSD is the worst. Get at least 64gb.

8gb G.skill Ripjaws is the most popular memory right now.

Case. How about a Haf 912 or HAF 922. HAF means High Airflow :) .

Get the Hyper 212 EVO. It's better and cheaper.
October 6, 2011 9:51:24 PM

Thanks cutebeans I'll look into those. I chose that SSD because apparently all you need to use the intel smart response technology is about 20Gb. That case looks the business
October 6, 2011 11:08:20 PM

Spencer_41 said:
Thanks cutebeans I'll look into those. I chose that SSD because apparently all you need to use the intel smart response technology is about 20Gb. That case looks the business

with ssds, you usually don't get one at all, or one that's 64gb+, so you can load a fair amount of stuff on it
October 8, 2011 1:31:11 PM

Thanks both for your advice
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