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  1. hi, After reading the majority of the "build posts" on this site and doing my own research, I think I have a fair understanding of the hardware needed. But fear the spec that i'm going for is overkill for what i actually need? Current Situation - University student (architecture related) going into final year - currently have 2011 Macbook pro, i5 @2.3Ghz, 4gb Ram (have ran VMware+3DSmax which was a fail lol) - Using AutoCAD, PS and sketch up with SU Podium plugin render. - Budget: £1.1k - £1.5k I have been a die hard Apple advocate throughout uni but after going through last terms work, I know that I need a faster machine, considered the knew 15" macbook retina display - fully loaded, but didn't seem worth it, as I want to start using Revit, 3DSmax, Vray and doing this through bootcamp on the retina display would have brought up headaches I don't need (icon+resolution issues)so have decided to convert to the dark side and build a windows workstation. Preferably would like to stay below £1.1k but don't want to build the workstation and have performance issues for the sake of a few hundred. Build Specs So here is the build that have came up with, would greatly appreciate your thoughts and advice: Intel i7-5820K Extreme Hex Core CPU Processor (3.30GHz, 15MB Cache, 140W, Socket 2011-V3, 28 Lanes PCI Express Generation 3) £300 ASUS® X99-E WS: SOCKET 2011-V3, DDR4, USB 3.0, SATA 6 GB/s: £394 FRACTAL DESIGN ARC MIDI R2 MID-TOWER CASE: £73 32GB KINGSTON HYPER-X FURY DDR4 2133MHz (4 x 8GB): £190 PNY QUADRO K620 - 2GB GDDR3, 384 CUDA Cores - 1 x DP, 1 x DVI: £166 240GB KINGSTON HYPERX SAVAGE SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s: £92 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE: £35 *** CORSAIR 450W VS SERIES™ VS-450 POWER SUPPLY: £35 CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO (120mm) Fan CPU Cooler (£29) Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy™ FX OEM: £20 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM: £15 ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND: £5 ASUS MX279H 27" Full HD AH-IPS LED DISPLAY: £244 Total:£1,569 Questions - Have I missed anything on spec compatibility? - Should I be going with DDR4 RAM and associated costs (main concern)? - Would you change certain parts? Suggestions?
  2. Hello, I am getting back into architectural visualization and need a new computer for 3DS Max, VRay, Photoshop, Sketchup and Autocad. I am wondering if the Dell Precision Tower 7810 Workstation would be suitable. Rendering high quality images with ease and speed is my biggest need. The computer I'm looking at offers: -Intel Xeon Processor E5-2620 v3 (6C, 2.4 GHz, Turbo, HT, 15M, 85W) -Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (includes Windows 8.1 Pro Licence) -16GB DDR at 2133 MHz -1TB 3.5" Serial-ATA (7200 RPM) Hard Drive -NVIDIA Quadro K4200 4GB (2 DP, DL-DVI-I) (1 DP to SL-DVI adapter) Would this be a good setup for what I need to do? Ordering a computer from Dell seems like a simple solution as I am still learning about the latest technology. Thank you for any advice you have. Jill
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