Description

Before everyone starts hating for only an i5 for Autocad: It's used for Autocad Architecture which is a single threaded program )_)

I built this computer for my dad back in April, and hasn't fully been put to work yet. It was designed to run some games (Skyrim, TF2, Worms Revolution, etc.) and primarily Autocad Architecture. Keep in mind that that program ONLY USES ONE THREAD (not sure why, I guess you wouldn't see much of a performance boost in 2D CAD work anyways), hence the i5 rather than an i7. I would have gladly overclocked it more, but I unknowingly bought a Z77 board with a locked voltage, so it wouldn't go past 4.3Ghz :(. I had originally bought a FirePro V3900, but it came faulty, and returned it rather than RMA'ing because my dad wanted to make sure it wasn't some weird incompatibility, so we bought a Quadro 410. The FirePro ran long enough for me to run 3DMark 11 on it, and the 410 didn't perform as well. I don't have the exact scores because it's at his office at the moment, nor do I have the old scores from the other card. The 410 runs Skyrim on High presets at around 30 FPS, drops to about 20 in a heavy battle. We bought everything from Amazon (Amazon Prime FTW) for about $820.

About the cable management: The Antec One didn't have enough space for the main 24 pin power connector, so I had to run it up the side. As for the grainy picture, my iPod camera sucks, so sorry about that. I believe that the V3900 is pictured in the photo.

Thanks for taking the time to read my essay of a description :P

Edit Another complaint about the case is that the front left foot is about a millimeter too short, so it wobbles. It needs like a sugar packet underneath it or something.

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 15 points

Wow... The URL says C0w

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, you're better off with an Intel platform due to its stronger single-threaded performance. other than that, not bad for a simple inexpensive workstation.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I figured that, and my dad has lots of good experience using Intel processors.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

that's always good to hear. i've used both brands of processors and have nothing but good to speak of them, though you really can't go wrong with Intel no matter the case.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an i486 processor from back in the 90's from one of his computers, a Gateway. I wasn't even born then.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the Quadro fare with games? I understand that it's a workstation GPU but you mentioned light gaming... do you do that on the HD 4000?

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

The Quadro fared much better than I expected. It's a hell of a ton better than HD 4000, being able to run Skyrim on High. For some reason (not that it matters), I can't use integrated graphics with a supplementary GPU in the computer anyways, but I wouldn't really use HD 4000 over any graphics card.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of FPS do you get in other games? The fact that you can't pair the two is normal, you're not supposed to pair the CPU's intelgrated graphics with any outside card.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't gotten the chance to run any other demanding games on it yet, but seeing as how Skyrim can be run on High presets just fine, I'm going to assume TF2 would be a breeze. I ran Worms Revolution (a very fun, addicting game) on it, and it managed to run max settings just fine (it's not very demanding at all). The Quadro from my dad's older workstation (a quadro FX 470) couldn't even run Worms well, so try to compare it to that. On 3DMark 11, the Extreme preset couldn't be run past an average of 3, yes I said 3 ladies and gentlemen, 3 FPS on any graphics test, but managed around 20 FPS on the extreme physics preset. The V3900 (the faulty card) was much faster than this Quadro, but it will have to make do.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice 3 fps you have there. :O You have a ton of saved builds like me (My first ones were crap).

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

All about the research. :)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

You're gonna see the "Intel Budget" build being built in mid June. It's near the bottom of the list.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

i disagree. ive made on board and dedicated work together. i have a asrock $50 mobo with a descrete evga 520 and if you set the on board to boot first in bios, it works on both descrete and on board. give that a shot, if you ever need more screens than your gpu supports.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

My dad "doesn't need more than one screen", so that's fine. Way to bring up an old build by the way...

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

clean.