System for CAD and Rendering


Jan 4, 2013
Hello folks,
Thanks for all the information and opinions on this board, i read a lot for the last couple of weeks, because i am going to build my first system ever (its also a hackintosh system, so i am not at complete freedom, but since i have had a long term relationship with osX and also working alot with Adobe Apps, i am going for it. I am an architect and i do a lot of rendering, 3D modelling and CAD work & Simulations, play games here and then, and working on both mac osX and windows on regular bases.

I decided to pick a Intel-K Processor to overclock in some near future, but since i am new to overclocking too, i am taking it slowly, and carefully reading a lot of manuals/forums/blogs. I heard that the 3770 compared to the 3770K has some features enabled, which the K-model doesn't, but since i found out that these technologies are primarily for emulation purposes, i decided to go with overclocking.

I'd love to hear what you people say about this configuration. I am especially interested in someone who uses a high CPU cooler with the fractal design core 3000 case (Does it fit?). And do you find this PMU good/ok? Is the power enough for overclocking? What did i miss?

Thanks for your tipps/opinions!

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K, 4x 3.50GHz, boxed (BX80637I73770K)

Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Motherboard

GPU: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI / HDMI / DP SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards

CPU-Cooler: Scythe Mugen 3 Rev. B

PMU: BE QUIET! System Power 7 600W

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz PC3 240 Pin DIMM Memory CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10


SSD: SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 2000GB, SATA 6Gb/s (WD20EARX)

Webcam: Logitech HD Webcam C270

Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 (FD-CA-CORE-3000-BL)


May 2, 2012
Well looks like a solid build for rendering.

However there is only the GPU situation. NVIDIA Quadro GPU's are designed (and there are proper CAD drivers, search in nvidia site for quadro drivers) for rendering every pixel to 100%.

NVIDIA Geforce GPU's are used for gaming/multimedia since they render faster with loss in pixel quality that the human eye can't really see.

Therefore, if you intend to render in 3D using AutoCAd, ArchiCAD, Maya, etc. go QUADRO. These GPU's are more expensive but they have 3 year warranty I believe so (better confirm this). But the final rendering in 3D will be practically flawless, although slower of course sicne it goes to detail.

If you just intend rendering in 2D you can use Geforce no problem, which will also render faster with some loss in quality.