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EDIT: I am actually using a FirePro W5000 graphics card and not the Quadro. They do not have the W5000 under their parts list so I added the Quadro as a compatible card. (W5000 was $420 from TigerDirect)

This is my first full PC build. I decided to build a Workstation, CAD and rendering specific, for side work. I am not much into PC gaming since I have other hobbies, so that was not very important to me.

I typically use SolidWorks, but I also have PTC Creo and multiple Autodesk programs such as Inventor, Showcase, etc.

So far, using Creo and Inventor/Showcase, the programs run great and are fairly quick. I have not yet modeled any huge assemblies on these programs since I usually use SolidWorks, but I have to wait to get a copy of SolidWorks before I can try manipulating and rendering some of my bigger assemblies.

The build was much easier than I anticipated and turned out a lot cheaper than a purchased Workstation would cost if bought assembled.

Any questions, comments, or suggestions are welcome.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

you should turn the cpu cooler around so you have nice airlfow going from front to back. if the fan is in the way of the ram slots you could just put in on the other side of the heatsink.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I have it blowing out the top because I will be placing it on a base that on the ground and the back will be close against a wall. The top will be wide open so the air can flow out from the top.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Really cool workstation build. Have fun :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the performance in Solidworks? Looking to find out how Multiple cores and 16Gb RAM performs with it?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It works great! I can open and work on assemblies which consists of 1500+ quickly and without lagging. I also use Autodesk Showcase for rendering and it works great.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Price for the performance for the i7 4770K is much greater than a workstation Xeon. Bought the 4770K for $249 and could combo the Asus Z87 for $89 and the 250GB SSD for $149.