September 20, 2014 at 5:31 am #988
I’am Abhijit Jangam & completed Engineering course…need your help to configure my desktop. Actually I want to buy a new machine for my requirements which are as follows:
I need to run following mechanical related computer software:
CAD software like PTC Creo, DASSAULT SYSTEMS CATIA, SIMENS UNIGraphics;
Analysis software like Altair HYPERMESH & ANSYS;
& as well as other general operations like other office desktops.
Will you please suggest about suitable processor, motherboard, graphics card, memory, required hard drive capacity, if I want to run these things on Windows 7 Ultimate, 32/64 bit OS???
Hope I’ve cleared every aspect from my side, please help me for this as soon as possible.
Thank You for your valuable time. 🙂
September 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm #989
Here is the list of minimum computer components. Since these are the minimums, it would be optimum if you buy parts that are better / faster than what I recommend.
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 64-bit
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7 (any model with at least 4 cores)
RAM: 16 GB
HARD DRIVE: Any current generation 2013 / 2014 that uses SSD (“solid state drive”) technology. You can now find 256 gigabyte drives for a decent price.
GRAPHICS: Any graphics card with an “nVidia Quadro” processor. This graphics processor is made for CAD professionals. There are various models at different prices. Research the various models and buy the best one you can afford.
MOTHERBOARD: Asus is my favorite brand of motherboard. It has been the most reliable in my own experience. Alternatively Gigabyte and MSI boards are good. First select the exact processor model you want to purchase, then see what “socket” it uses on a motherboard. That is how you will begin your motherboard selection process.
MONITOR: Resolution of 2560×1440
I hope my information helps 🙂
September 24, 2014 at 6:57 am #993
Hello Sir Joey,
I really thankful to you for your precious reply & support. Now I’ve clear guideline for the new purchase. But I don’t know about the suitable Power Supply Unit & Cabinet which help this system to work with ease & efficiency.
As well as instead of NVIDIA Quadro can I go for NVIDIA GE-Force due to some problem of availability of NVIDIA Quadro here. Is there any difference between 1333mHz & 1600mHz memory sticks? Which one should be preferred? Heating is another issue so extra cooler is must or its optional?
HDD is also required or not along with suggested SSD? I’ve my old 500GB HDD.
From your previous suggestions, I choose :
i7-4790K processor (with socket type LGA 1150)
Asus Z97C motherboard
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8 GB (x2)
Transcend 256 GB SSD.
Please suggest me on this as soon as possible & once again thank you for your help & support.
September 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm #995
Here is a good power supply that will go well with your setup, “SeaSonic S12G S12G-650 650W”.
If you can’t find that exact power supply to purchase where you live then look for an alternative power supply that is “Gold” or “Platinum” certified. Also the power supply must be “ATX” since the motherboard you selected is “ATX”. btw, most motherboards are ATX.
For a computer case / cabinet I would suggest the “Cooler Master HAF 912”.
Note on computer cases / cabinets, this is the one part where you have many good options. People usually pick the case that looks the best to them. So you don’t need to select the one I picked out. I picked it out because it is a good case that cools well at a low price.
There is a speed difference between the 1333 and 1600 Mhz but it will not be very noticeable.
For your motherboard I’d suggest any 1600 or 1333 RAM sticks that are listed on the Asus Z97C compatibility list. Look at the price differences between the two, if the difference is not that great then buy the 1600 Mhz RAM.
Here is the Asus page that links to that Memory list document: http://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z97C/HelpDesk_QVL/
If the exact Corsair Vengeance DDR3 memory you selected is not listed on the Asus Memory compatibility list you must select another to avoid any possible conflicts.
nVidia GeForce graphics cards will work for your use but those cards are primarily for playing computer games. nVidia Quadro graphics cards are optimized for CAD and other professional engineering software.
Is Amazon available where you live? If it is you can buy a Quadro card here: http://amzn.to/1sYE0Rz
For HDD the “Transcend 256 GB SSD” you selected will replace it. Install Windows and all your software on the SSD.
You can also use your old 500 GB HDD on this new computer. In fact most people that build new computers with SSDs use their older HDDs for data storage. The motherboard you selected supports up to 4 drives, SSDs and / or HDDs.
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