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a pc for CAD: do you see any problem? Compatibility, bottlenecks, wrong choices? Thanks a lot

wa2b

62 months ago

Hi,

I have to build a new pc, my old one is 4 years old and the technologies have changed a lot so I'm a little confused. I need it to perform as good as possible with the following software - Rhino 5 (apparently Geforce cards have drivers designed to stop them from performing well on cad software like Rhino - it shows in benchmark tests) - 3D Coat - Keyshot (cpu rendering) - Photoshop - Illustrator

Some light gaming, more like browser games (have to avoid pc games)

So it seems to me that I need the fastest cpu I can afford, and gpu other than a Geforce (good but not overpriced), a good ssd, and lots of RAM.

Here's my parts list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h8ynwP

What do you think? Does this make sense? Do you see any compatibility issues, bottlenecks? Also, do you see anything missing?

So many questions, sorry Thanks in advance for your advice Seb

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $389.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $28.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $229.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $229.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Solid State Drive 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 970 4GB XLR8 Video Card $329.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case $89.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply XFX XTR 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $76.18 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Dell U2713HM 60Hz 27.0" Monitor $518.19 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2072.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-09 12:13 EST-0500

this is about 60 dollars more than what you had picked out. I picked Haswell-e due to cores and speed since you're doing CAD. the reason why it's a little pricier is due to the RAM.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot

Someone else on Tomsharware advised the i7-5820K 6 core too, so I will definitely go with that, thanks a lot.

However, I'd rather stick with the Radeon R9 290 card, because it performs really well on Rhino.

Based on the advice I've had so far I've made another build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/wa2b/saved/zz7ypg

More expensive due to a 2nd SSD and a big 3TB HD

Cheers Seb

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

i honestly don't know much about program optimization. what i do know is once Maxwell tech moves to 20nm, then stuff is gonna get crazy

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