$2500-$3000 build, CAD Programs. Fast Render needed!


Aug 7, 2012
Hello, Just wondering if I could please receive some constructive criticism on a build I am going to undertake as soon as I’m happy and confident with the components. Any help is appreciated and will definitely help me.

Approximate Purchase Date: sooner the better

Budget Range: ballpark $2500-$3000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Cad programs, mostly Revit. (biggest concern is with render times!!!! want rendering to be as fast as possible without going too over the top on the budget)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, pccasegear.com

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences:
Cpu: Intel 3930k

Motherboard: Asus P9X79-WS

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z F3-12800CL10Q2-64GBZL 64GB (8x8GB) DDR3 (most possibly overkill, but just getting ready for the future while I have money)

GPU: Thinking about a nvida quattro 4000, but please recommend something!!!!

PSU: Corsair AX1200 Gold

Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D (room for two water coolers is a bit of a draw card at the price)

HD: still deciding would like to go big SSD around 480GB, and run a cheap 3TB or something. Advice wanted please.

Cooling: Corsair H100 & other decent air fans.

Disc Drive: blu ray burner of some description.

Overclocking: Yes, looking to overclock to as close as 5GHz as possible. The case listed above has space for two H100’s so hoping to also keep it rather cool, as where I live can get rather hot in summer (over 104 degrees)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

So I’ve checked all the listed parts above for compatability, but if anyone sees anything that is not going to work for me please let me know.

Thankyou in advance everyone and hoping to hear from you all very soon, as the college semester starts soon, and studying architecture, a decent computer is a must for me. Rendering is what this computer will be majority used for, with some games being played when busy procrastinating. (CounterStrike, COD mostly)

Thankyou again everybody!!!


Don't bother with the H100 - either go with a real liquid loop or don't use one at all. Plastic water blocks like that are the very low end of the spectrum.

Any SSD over 256 GB isn't worth the unusually high cost per GB.

The AX 1200 is nice, but anything over 750W anymore is major overkill and you won't use the full power.

For that price I'd go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($595.00 @ Scorptec)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($86.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($369.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($122.10 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($114.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($255.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($529.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($141.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: Sony BWU-500S Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($233.10 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $2708.20
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-08 03:15 EST+1000)

I'd use a Fire Pro V5900 as the GPU but it appears those aren't available in Australia.


Jan 20, 2012

^ +1 This is a nice build that g-unit has put together for you. You could save a few bucks and go with DDR3-1600 instead, not really any noticable performance boost in using DDR3-1866. Also, if this build is for CAD only and will not be used for gaming you could go with a less powerful video card for less money. I found this article, that is a little old but has some insight to what is needed to run RevIt: http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?70735-DESKTOP-RECOMMENDATIONS-FOR-REVIT



I didn't realize that was 1866 RAM - yeah that is unnecessary for the most part.


Aug 7, 2012
alright thanks everyone for your input. thinking ill swap the ram out to one said, and also drop the power supply down to maybe 32Gb.

Also does anyone use revit regularly?
@Gunit, do you use revit or other 3d imagining software? and is the 670 video card suited? as far as i know its more of a gamers card when i want something good for rendering and the 3-dimensional displays on screen.

thanks everyone!

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