61 months ago
Hey guys, I'm trying to build a Workstation for CATIA / NX / Solidworks (maybe) use, and also for FEA (structural, maybe even automotive crash analysis) / CFD (external aerodynamics, turbine flow etc.). This is what I have come up with so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mh86P6
1) Haven't decided on a video card yet. Probably gonna be a Quadro K2200 or something.. any opinions on this? Budget will be around 500-600$ for the card, anything better around that price (ATI)? - Is there any gaming card that would keep up with CAD (I'm guessing I won't be dealing with super complex assemblies for now anyway...) that would be better suited at this point, and maybe switch to a professional card in the future when needed? Only problem is as far as I know, Solidworks doesn't run on gaming cards.. - Also for info, I have a used Quadro FX4600 at home, I heard it has problems with Win7, is it a viable option for now?
2) The prices where I live put my build at around 50% more. But for the sake of simplicity, let's say my budget is ~1,000$ for the rest of the build (so everything but the video card) in PCPartPicker shown prices. Anything you would change in my build?
3) The build in the link doesn't include the case, as I haven't found it here. I'm thinking Corsair Graphite 230T Black, it has good dimensions for the place I'm putting it in, it comes with 2 front fans and 1 rear fan, + room for a 280mm radiator at the top, which brings me to my next dilemma.. Air or water cooling? I'm thinking Noctua NH-D14 vs Cooler Master Nepton 280L. I know the Noctua is very good, but is it enough for the CPU running for 2-3 days in full load doing some CFD simulation? Price difference between these 2 options is not important, I just want a stable system with room for a bit of OC if needed.
4) Is the 600W power supply enough to cover any one-video-card configuration for the future? Should I bump it to 750W?
Sorry for the long post, here's the build link again, if you missed it in the wall of text... :) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mh86P6 Any help appreciated. Thank you in advance!