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£500 design rig!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by KizZ, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. KizZ

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 18, 2005

    Posts: 5,235

    Location: Lincoln

    Hello there.

    I will be doing a little build for a friend who is an architecture student. He uses a number of heavy apps such as the Adobe suite, 3ds Max, CAD software etc. and I trust you guys to spec me the best possible components for that price. :D

    What he needs:
    Motherboard
    CPU
    16GB RAM
    SSD
    Graphics card

    Thank you in advance! :)
     
  2. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,335

    Location: NN4

    What CAD does he use?
     
  3. KizZ

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 18, 2005

    Posts: 5,235

    Location: Lincoln

    AutoCAD. But I think he uses Archicad as well.
     
  4. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,335

    Location: NN4

    :rolleyes: Don't understand people who spend more on software than they do on the hardware to run it.

    You'll want preferably an i7. Although AMD's high core CPU's might do the job. Wait until social hours hit and stulid and gang will spec something
     
  5. Danny75

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 26, 2013

    Posts: 8,051

    Can the case fit any mobo size?

    And what PSU does he have?
     
  6. Doomedspeed

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 13, 2011

    Posts: 11,893

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    You make us sound like a gang of pick pockets in 1920's london..

    We're not that bad! :)

    I agree with Hyburnate (who ironically seems to be nocturnal) an i7 would be the best way forward..

    This is a bit over budget but it would be my suggestion:

    YOUR BASKET
    1 x Intel Core i7-4771 3.50GHz (Haswell) Socket LGA1150 Processor - Retail £239.99
    1 x GeIL Black Dragon 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (GD316GB1600C11DC) **OcUK Exclusive** £107.99
    1 x MSI Z87-G43 Intel Z87 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard - FREE Alpenfohn Civetta Cooler!! £86.99
    1 x Toshiba SSD HDTS212EZSTA 9.5mm 128GB Solid State Hard Drive - Retail £71.99
    1 x MSI Radeon R7 240 "Low Profile" 2048MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card £59.99
    Total : £576.54 (includes shipping : £8.00).

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    You'll need an ATX case to fit this..
     
  7. KizZ

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 18, 2005

    Posts: 5,235

    Location: Lincoln

    Yes it can. As for the PSU I'll have to check.

    Doomedspeed, thanks for that. What do you think of the cheaper AMDs? Is the i7 the best for his needs? And also, will that graphics card be powerful enough for his work?
     
  8. Doomedspeed

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 13, 2011

    Posts: 11,893

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    The i7 will be the best for the money,

    He can get a 8320 but really an i7 would be alot more consistant for his sort of work.

    The GPU is low-end but for general graphic and its processing core, it perfect.

    This all ammuses he is rendering using CPU rendered, not GPU rendering, you'll need a MUCH MUCH beefier GPU to GPU render.. Some go into the thousands of £'s.
     
  9. KizZ

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 18, 2005

    Posts: 5,235

    Location: Lincoln

    Thanks. That looks good. I'll see if I can persuade him to stretch his budget :D. Any other suggestions anyone? :)
     
  10. BinnsY

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 19, 2009

    Posts: 1,393

    Location: Nottingham

    I was going to start making a basket myself and honestly cant see a single thing to change from this.