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    Ivy Bridge setup

    I am looking to build (or get a friend to build) a comp for my Revit work.
    The pieces I have in my shopping cart are.
    Corsair TX-750 V2 750W ATX Power $141.00 $12.82 $141.00
    Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM $134.00 $12.18 $134.00
    LiteON IHAS1240SATA DVD-RW 24X Black OEM $44.00 $4.00 $44.00
    Corsair Obsidian 650D Black Mid Tower Case with Window $203.50 $18.50 $203.50
    Leadtek nVidia Quadro 4000 PCI Express 2.0 x16 2G DDR5 $915.00 $83.18 $915.00
    IBM 4GB DDR3 1333MHz ECC RAM $149.00 $54.18 $596.00
    Corsair Force Series 3 240GB SSD $259.00 $23.55 $259.00
    Seagate SATA3 2TB 7200RPM Barracuda 64mb Cache $119.00 $10.82 $119.00
    ASUS P8B-WS ATX Workstation MB, Socket 1155, Intel C206 Chipset, 4x PC $288.00 $26.18 $288.00
    Intel Core i7 3770K/3.50GHz/8MB CACHE/LGA1155 Ivy Bridge $399.00 $36.27 $399.00
    Silverstone FP37 Black 3.5 Card Reader, USB3.0 Inte


    Does this make sense?

    Would you change anything?

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    Not sure on the pricing in your region, or how you've worked out the three columns of numbers, but your RAM looks mighty expensive - and you will most certainly need more memory (8GB min. I say, but look to getting more, or having room to add more, so choose your dimm configuration wisely from the start) - also, I would probably look to reign in the spec. on the graphics card (to save your budget from going sky high) and get a more capable consumer card.

    Oh, and welcome to the forum.

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    Hi Megs,

    Well, you've put together a very intriguing setup. I'm not going to comment on everything you have there, for instance, the whole Quadro vs GeForce has already been discussed a million times.

    However, what stands out is your motherboard-CPU-RAM combo. What you appear to be putting together here is a Xeon-class workstation... except I don't see a Xeon CPU to go with it?

    While it will run with with an i7 CPU, my understanding is that you won't get the benefit of the ECC RAM - you need a Xeon for that (or certain i3 CPUs).

    I think Snowy missed the subtlety of the price table - looks like you're getting 16GB of ECC RAM (4 x 4GB). You might want to double check with ASUS which part numbers have been verified to work with the P8B-WS. Also, while 1333MHz will work fine, and you probably wouldn't even notice a difference, Ivy Bridge can make use of 1600MHz.

    Also, VERY IMPORTANT - that MB comes in different "revisions" - make absolutely sure the one you get supports Ivy Bridge out of the box. The BIOS of "older" versions can be upgraded to support Ivy Bridge, but you'd need a Sandy Bridge CPU installed in order to upgrade it to work with Ivy Bridge.

    So in conclusion, get an equivalent Xeon instead of the i7. If you don't want to get a Xeon and want to stick with the i7, then I don't see very much benefit in that MB, and the ECC RAM would appear to be a waste.

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    Thanks very much Snowy and Iru!!

    The comp I originally had planned was with a Intel Xeon E3-1230 4 Core 3.20GHz 8M LGA1155 instead of the Ivy bridge. If I kept that would the setup work?
    So it would be. As far as I know this CPU supports ECC RAM.

    Corsair TX-750 V2 750W ATX Power
    Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM
    LiteON IHAS1240SATA DVD-RW 24X Black OEM
    Corsair Obsidian 650D Black Mid Tower Case with Window
    Leadtek nVidia Quadro 4000 PCI Express 2.0 x16 2G DDR5
    Intel Xeon E3-1230 4 Core 3.20GHz 8M LGA1155
    IBM 4GB DDR3 1333MHz ECC RAM (x 4)
    Corsair Force Series 3 240GB SSD
    Seagate SATA3 2TB 7200RPM Barracuda 64mb Cache
    ASUS P8B-WS ATX Workstation MB, Socket 1155, Intel C206 Chipset, 4x PC
    Silverstone FP37 Black 3.5 Card Reader, USB3.0 Inte

    Alternatively, is there a link to the perfect Revit machine, that I can just copy.

    Thanks again!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megs View Post
    The comp I originally had planned was with a Intel Xeon E3-1230 4 Core 3.20GHz 8M LGA1155 instead of the Ivy bridge. If I kept that would the setup work?
    Obviously no one here can make guarantees, but yes, that setup should work. That's still a decent CPU, though the E3-1270 v2 would be equivalent to the i7-3770 you originally spec'd (Ivy Bridge @ 3.5GHz); the 1280 v2 and 1290 v2 are even better yet. It doesn't make very much sense to me that you would be skimping on the CPU when you're spending nearly a $1,000 on the video card and are working on projects that require 16 GB of RAM?

    Quote Originally Posted by Megs View Post
    Alternatively, is there a link to the perfect Revit machine, that I can just copy.
    Nope. No such thing as perfect Revit machine for everyone. Everyone has slightly different needs, budgets, etc.

    BTW, you've done this before or have a knowledgeable friend who's going to help, right?

    Good luck and let us know how it works out.


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    Thanks very much Iru!!

    I will look into those CPU's now.

    I have put together this setup as an alternative. I need it to be fast for day to day stuff, rendering I can spare a little more time.

    Antec ATX TruePower 750W $135.00 $12.27 $135.00
    Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM $134.00 $12.18 $134.00
    Gainward GTX570 1280M DDR5 2DVI HDMI Goes Like Hell $355.00 $32.27 $355.00
    Intel 520S 240GB/SATA3/R 550MBs,W 520MBs/25nm/3.5"OEM $346.00 $31.45 $346.00
    Asus P8Z77-V PRO P8Z77-V PRO.Z77 4xDDR3 3xPCI-E16 GBL SATA3 USB3.0 RA $229.00 $20.82 $229.00
    G.Skill 16GB DDR3-2400 Quad Channel [TDX] F3-2400C10Q-16GTX $248.00 $22.55 $248.00
    Intel Core i7 3770K/3.50GHz/8MB CACHE/LGA1155 Ivy Bridge $399.00 $36.27 $399.00


    and yes, I have a friend who is going to put it together for me

    Thanks!!

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    Thanks very much for your replies Iru..you rock! I will look into the 3770

    Another setup I was pondering was this one. From the research I've done on this site, it looks like it will work with the ivy bridge a little better. I need the setup to be fast for Revit on a day to day basis. Rendering can take a little more time.

    And yes, I have a nerd friend to build this for me

    Product Quantity Price Gst Total
    Antec ATX TruePower 750W $135.00 $12.27 $135.00
    Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM $134.00 $12.18 $134.00
    Gainward GTX570 1280M DDR5 2DVI HDMI Goes Like Hell $355.00 $32.27 $355.00
    Intel 520S 240GB/SATA3/R 550MBs,W 520MBs/25nm/3.5"OEM $346.00 $31.45 $346.00
    Asus P8Z77-V PRO P8Z77-V PRO.Z77 4xDDR3 3xPCI-E16 GBL SATA3 USB3.0 RA $229.00 $20.82 $229.00
    G.Skill 16GB DDR3-2400 Quad Channel [TDX] F3-2400C10Q-16GTX $248.00 $22.55 $248.00
    Intel Core i7 3770K/3.50GHz/8MB CACHE/LGA1155 Ivy Bridge $399.00 $36.27 $399.00

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    Looks like a great system as well. Personally, I think this setup is a better value (very similar performance for less money). If a faster Xeon breaks the budget, I'd go with this system over the Xeon one. But that's just my opinion.

    I also like the Intel SSD better than the Corsair - I'd recommend that for either system.


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