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SolidCAD Train Station *(Train sold separately)
by mchalley
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This is my first pc build. I needed a computer for work (I do contract design engineering, which I use Solidworks and CAD heavily) and did not want to pay a premium price tag for a workstation. I did some research and this is what I came up with.

Case is actually a Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced (includes 200mm fan on the front and 200mm fan on top as well as 2-USB 3.0 inputs in a converted 5.25" drive on the front panel).

Added the 140mm fan to the side for additional intake.

The pictures show a small fan above the PSU which I pulled off the stock CPU cooler, this has been removed, it was trying to run at 3000+RPM at all times and I couldn't handle the noise so I might find a space to fit another 120/140 fan in hopefully or just mount a 200 in the window instead.

I would like to overclock to 4.5 at least but preferably 4.8 or more, any advice would be great with what to start with or programs to use! I'm still reading up so hope to have it there in a few weeks still need to read up. I included before and after specs for "Fast" auto overclock using Asus TurboV EVO. Wanted to see how the voltage and temps changed. I want to OC in the BIOS unless I can get to my goal using one of the programs that come with the mobo.

Really want some feedback on ways I can or could have improved the build.


...Building this has also inspired me to begin working on a Gaming and Entertainment System for the living room to replace a future PS4/Xbox1

*Update note...I started the build trying to hit a $1000 budget just because it seemed like a logical starting point and that number slowly increased to a $1250 budget and beyond as I chose better components, so budget was not crucial but I did not want to go overboard if I could still have quality for a lesser price.

*Update note...I am still setting up the computer so I will post temps and more specs as soon as I can, anyone have suggestions for good programs to check this? I know there are a few out there just didn't know if there are any people prefer.

*Update note...Here are two benchmark tests that I used to help make a decision (just to cite my sources), tom's Hardware using Solidworks 2010 - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8350-vishera-review,3328-8.html AnandTech using SYSMark 2012 - 3D Modeling - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/332 (This is just to show where I received some of my information about the CPU, information is always debatable but the two similar results)

AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle36.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
ATI FirePro V4900 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate-
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate-
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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cyanghost109 [7 Builds] 8 points 14 months ago
mchalley [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Haha, just a fun name, no significance behind it, but looks like I better start making some modifications to the case if I have to compete with that!

Funkbass [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

But you'll never be able to match the fact that the case one moves along the rails! haha

skemble [17 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago

This is an awesome build! You don't really see many work related builds on here. This is refreshing!

As for help with overclocking. If your Asus board has TurboV Evo, which I'm sure it will when you downloaded the extras from their site, then I would use it. It's pretty painless to use. Basically just a click and apply type of thing. I would say 4.5 would be easily obtainable!

mchalley [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Hey thanks, it has been difficult finding info on workstation builds so appreciate the thumbs up! I tried to OC using it and I came in at 4.35 using what they call "fast" and 4.4 using "extreme".

skemble [17 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago

Wow to the person who downvotes for no reason.

Oh_hey_ryan 1 point 26 days ago

Im about to build a workstation with some of the same compnents you used, how is yours running? anything you would change?

l13199l [1 Build] 3 points 14 months ago

it isnt often you see a build using a gpu like this, kinda nice to see something different

mchalley [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I'm waiting for my copy of Solidworks 20113, as soon as that comes I can really see how it runs

Broadsky 3 points 14 months ago

When i click on these builds I assume gaming, so I was about to freak out when I seen that card but than I read the title and found out it was a Workstation. Very nice build anyhow!

mchalley [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks, I am pleased with it so far

Broadsky 1 point 13 months ago

That's good. :D Glad your enjoying it.

LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

Ah, a workstation build! It looks really solid. One future thing to think about would be a NAS with NAS drives to back up your files.

mchalley [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

It's been a fun build! I'll have to look into it as soon as I get to that point. Thanks for the idea.

mikeyc38 1 point 5 months ago

I like your build. I too am looking to do an AMD FX-8350 build for CAD using Solidworks. However for overclocking I will use the Corsair H75 water cooler and 2133Mhz memory. Also I will limit the overclock to 4.4-4.5 Ghz for component reliability. After all, you need the machine for work! it has to earn it's keep! Regards Mike