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Discussion in 'Product Design, 3D & CAD' started by IanPriceCreative, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. IanPriceCreative

    IanPriceCreative Junior Member

    I would really appreciate some feedback on this system, I only have a budget of £1000 inc VAT so going for a workstation through armari for example is a bit too expensive, any thoughts on this spec? would it cope with 3DS max, solidworks and adobe creative suite etc? would you change anything?

    Many thanks in advance


  2. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    yes but you would but it would take you over budget
  3. balders

    balders Member

    I would throw more ram in it and have a look at a ssd, they have come down considerably. You can get a 256 for not crazy money. But that would take you over your 1k budget buy 250ish.

    Definitely more ram though.
  4. IanPriceCreative

    IanPriceCreative Junior Member

    thanks for the feedback but adding another 25% on to my budget isn't really an option, obviously in a dream case scenario I would be able to add lots more things or get a specialist company to build it for me, would anyone be able to give feedback on the components already chosen, and whether to swop something out to add something else? thanks again
  5. wac

    wac Senior Member

    Agreed, assuming you're still deciding I would get more affordable case, psu and (assuming your not a mega-gamer) graphics card. Then get, if not more, then faster ram and a SSD hard drive.

    In fact, I really can't stress how important SSD drives are. On there own, they are equivalent to a mega upgrade of everything so if you don't get one I would strongly advise that you look at PCI-E SSD's and choose a motherboard that support one so you can upgrade in the future without swapping out your mobo.

  6. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    I wouldn't as thats not always the best route to take. I have seen numerous people reporting bandwidth bottlenecks when using a high end gpu (quadro 600 is low end) and a pci-e ssd. They also cost a small fortune and don't always work out better than 2 sata 3 ssd's in raid...which are usually cheaper.

    Even more so if the op is doing cad rendering, even though the quadro 600 is low end it can still be used for rendering with mental ray and vray to improve the overall render times compared with just using the cpu. Trust me when I say that gpu rendering is considerably faster than cpu rendering where it can be used (gpu rendering is still fairly new)

    As to the ram.. well they can upgrade that later, they'll have 2 spare slots and unless they're doing massive scenes or poorly optimising their models then 8gb will be fine to start with.

    Personally I don't see the point in a blu ray drive unless you're doing movies or major backups but it can work out cheaper to buy another hard drive lol

    PSU is overkill, you could probably get away with 600-700w and still have room for an upgrade to a better gpu later on.
  7. wac

    wac Senior Member

    I think whatever hard drive configuration you opt for, it doesn't hurt to be forward thinking in terms of compatibility, especially if it doesn't effect the price point.

    Having said that, why not just get a new Mac Book Pro, as I am informed by owners that it is the most powerful piece of hardware in existence...:eek:
  8. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    PMSL I haven't laughed that hard in ages :clap:
  9. IanPriceCreative

    IanPriceCreative Junior Member

    Thank you so much for the advice, after much hard deliberation I decided not to go for the Macbook Pro ;) I have tweaked the quote abit, changed the PSU to a gold rated 650W PSU, changed the optical drive, also I have added more RAM and an SSD, changed it from an intel i7 to i5 and unbelievably, got it for roughly £1000! Any more thoughts? Self Build Revised
  10. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    the psu isn't changed on the link and I'd personally go for 2x8gb sticks over 4x4gb sticks, it might cost about 20quid more but it will save money if you want 32gb ram later down the line.

    I'd also try and stretch the budget to an i7, it will make a difference to rendering

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