Solved Need help to buy correct CPU.

June 29, 2013 at 08:14:33
Specs: Windows 7 , intel core2quad q6600
Currently i am learning CAD and i am going to face lot of rendering and simulation work in the future. Please help me choose the perfect CPU for 3D modelling, simulation and rendering purposes kind of work is Architectural Visualization and some video editing. Cost of Intel core i7 3770 is around 246 $ and AMD FX 8350 is 213 $ at nearest computer peripheral shop. I am not a hardcore gamer or Overclocker and not even a Intel/AMD Fanboy. Also help me choose Perfect Brand for PSU and RAM.

My Present system Specs is :
Core 2 quad Q6600, Gigabyte g41, 6 Gb DDR3, Nvidia Quadro 600.


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#1
June 30, 2013 at 16:15:43
I assume that you are talking about building a new system since you already have a quad and the CPU you mentioned is not compatible with your motherboard.
List your budget for us to get a better idea of what you can afford.
If you are not looking to build yourself, you will need to either customize the build (like is available on HP's site and similar), get it build for you, or get the closes match you can and upgrade the rest. The best option would be to build it or get it build for your needs.
Ideally, you want a 4th gen. i5 or i7 quad, a quality compatible (Z87) motherboard, a serious graphics card (around a GTX660 w/2GB GDDR5 or higher (GTX650 Ti Boost might do)), 16GB (2X8GB) (or more) DDR3 1600 Dual Channel matched set RAM, a high quality power supply, and a good roomy case. I did say ideally so budget would determine the details. Do not skimp on the CPU and motherboard too much if you can since they are the more difficult to upgrade later (upgrading or adding more memory or even upgrading the graphics) is much easier. This is real important, absolutely get a high quality power supply that will be able to power the most you might wish to go with. This does not mean very high wattage, but enough wattage and the best brand and other specs.
Give us your thoughts, possibilities, and budget and we will comment on specifics and give more suggestions.

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#2
July 1, 2013 at 03:46:12
Thank You Fingers for the reply. I"am very much confused with CPU part actually as i have decided to stick around with my Quadro 600 graphic card (as quadro cards are listed in recommended list of CAD software), NZXT Gamma Cabinet and as my budget is around 400$- 430$ max, i have shortlisted Seasonic ECO 500 Watts PSU, Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8 GB (8 GB later). But i"am only concerned about CPU stuff. I have even referred to few website which recommends core i7 and nearby computer vendors and pals recommends AMD FX 8350. Please let me know your opinion on my choice of RAM and PSU.

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#3
July 1, 2013 at 05:51:56
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I would strongly recommend one of the Corsair brand 500-600Watt models over that one as a better quality with a longer warranty.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I would recommend the Intel 3rd or 4th generation (3xxxx or 4xxxx) i-7 or even i-5, but I always go with Intel. Others may be able to give you more specific advice on the AMD model and if it fits your budget better, it may be an option for you.

i have no problem with the memory except you may find that you need more for 3D modeling. Make sure that you purchase Dual Channel matched sets (2X4GB or 2X8GB sets) and a motherboard with 4 memory slots so you can add more if you find you need more in the future.

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#4
July 1, 2013 at 07:49:16
Thanks a lot fingers.I am definitely going with corsair brand PSU and as i have been using intel brand right from PIV to core 2 quad i have never faced any problem so i"am my next CPU will be core i7 3770.

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#5
July 3, 2013 at 05:05:20
If you are just starting to learn CAD then why don't you try the rig you currently have. At the beginning your files should not be that complicated. By the time you actually need a better rig, the prices on the same hardware will be cheaper, or you may be able to get better hardware for the same cash. Just saying.

In the mean time, I suggest you familiarize yourself with all the hardware so you will feel comfortable with self assembly. That will provide you with the best bang for the buck.

The best CAD cards are not the best gaming cards, although you will be OK with a serious gaming card, which will be much cheaper.

What CAD program are you learning?

Where do you live?


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#6
July 9, 2013 at 12:28:07
I think you would be on par with an FX 8350. This chip works on the am3+ socket, and I personally run Blender and Sulptris on mine right now, and it is awesome! Please consider at least 16gb ram. Also the 8350 is a wonderful price vs performance processor, and I found mine online for 175.00 and free shipping so shop around. Mine also came with the stock fan and heatsink, although I have upgraded to watercooling, but the stock fan/heatsink worked beautifully. You cannot beat the AMD FX 8350 for price vs performance ratio and it will work fine for CAD, plus you can save some $. The AMD FX 8350 is on par with an ICore 7 so to me, you would be looking at least $100.00 more to go Intel and stay competitive with the 8350.. Good Luck!~~~ Suferbus

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#7
July 9, 2013 at 16:40:53
I agree with OtheHill (response # 5). Try your current system, I see no reason why it wouldn't be able to handle it. My computer at work has lower specs that yours & I use MicroStation regularly with some pretty huge/complex 3D drawings & it has no problems.

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