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SolidCAD Train Station *(Train sold separately)

by mchalley



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C


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)

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cyanghost109 4 Builds 8 points 51 months ago

A train station, eh? Where's the train at? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112392

mchalley submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 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 51 months ago

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

skemble 24 Builds 3 points 51 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 51 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 24 Builds 3 points 51 months ago

Wow to the person who downvotes for no reason.

Oh_hey_ryan 1 point 37 months ago

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

l13199l 3 Builds 3 points 51 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 51 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 51 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 51 months ago

Thanks, I am pleased with it so far

Broadsky 1 point 51 months ago

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

LeMonarque 3 Builds 2 points 51 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 51 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 Build 1 point 42 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

joelikespcs 1 point 6 months ago

is that thermal paste any good? i am going to upgrade my cpu

ballerslife 1 Build -12 points 51 months ago

LOL at the AMD, intel is way better. The i5 4670k is waaaay better than that cheap AMD.

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 5 points 51 months ago

I'm sorry but are you stupid? I have an intel processor in my build but seriously.. this comment is ridiculous.

Radicult 2 Builds 4 points 51 months ago

I don't think you grasp the whole "this is a workstation, not a gaming rig" theme here.

mchalley submitter 1 Build 4 points 51 months ago

I am no expert by any means, but from the research and information I have gathered, the 8350 performs almost equally to the i5 3570K (yes I know it's the predecessor to the 4670K) and if not slightly better even in 3d modeling programs which is what I am using the computer for. And to add to that, the price is cheaper for the 8350 and when you include the cost of a new motherboard, the 8350 saves me at least $75 over the 4670k.

C_4 2 points 51 months ago

Its still kinda true, AMD processors are great, but I wouldn't see someone going for AMD unless they're on a tight budget orrr..... they overclock with liquid nitrogen.

acwsupremacy 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Not an expert, just a concerned citizen; but in CAD software, it has been my experience that per-core performance is more beneficial to workflow than sheer number of cores. This would seem to imply that an Intel proc would be the wiser workstation choice. When you're clocking well over 4GHz, the disparity might be less pronounced, or it might become much more significant; never having overclocked, I really can't tell you.

All that aside, however, great build. I'm a huge fan of the HAF series, and it's not often we see professional graphics cards turn up on this site. 1866 RAM wouldn't have hurt you, but I can't see it being a limiting factor, either. How are your temps at 4.3?

mchalley submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I'm newer to this site but your comment is showing been deleted for some reason.

Price was a part of it, I started out wanting a $1000 budget and slowly increased from there, and when I compared some bench tests I found they showed the 8350 performing better than the 3570K for my applications, so I went with AMD. (I actually wanted to go 3770K, but it drove the price of the build up)

I understand your point and yes I did contemplate going with the 1866 RAM but I just couldn't decide. I do like the very low profile RAM I bought (sits flush with the RAM slot and only $58 a stick) but I would go 1866 RAM next time.

I really liked the layout of the 912 and then I found the Advanced version on Ebay selling new with free shipping for $60 which has 200mm front and top fans and usb 3.0 front panel, love this thing!

I am still getting everything up and running so I will post temps for it asap. Thanks for the thoughts

acwsupremacy 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Yeah, budget'll put a dent in your joyride right quick :P You definitely would have felt the difference with a 3770K, but, like the RAM clock, what you have should do you just fine for your purposes.

I have the HAF 932 Advanced myself, and I absolutely love it! I got an i7-3820, since I needed a strong CPU, and it is quite good -- and was ~$100 cheaper than the 3770K, though still more expensive than an i5 or FX-8.

I'm particularly interested in how that graphics card is working for you. Apparently, the way it works is that gaming cards get all the latest performance enhancements and dumbed-down fimware, while professional cards get outdated technology and extremely advanced drivers... I've found GTX cards to be just fine both for artistic renders and CAD/CAE applications, but I've never used a workhorse card, and I've always looked on Nvidia's Maximus setup with envy :D

mchalley submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

It was hard to tell myself no to buying the 3770k (I walked around Micro Center for a good 30mins talking myself into saving and going with the 8350 haha).

I will definitely keep my description up to date though with how the gpu and other components are running once I get Solidworks loaded. Hopefully it works as well as it says it does!

mchalley submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

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

acwsupremacy 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Well, you can't argue with benchmarks! Carry on smartly and happily, my friend.

joelikespcs 1 point 6 months ago

actually my laptop has an amd processor and runs superbly you must have bashed your head

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