seandavidson wrote:Hey guys! Thanks so much for all the advice and guidance throughout this thread.
After careful consideration I have decided to stay away from a Laptop and am now in the process of detailing a desktop to suit my needs. While it would be great to have a laptop to work where ever I please, I do not feel that it is absolutely necessary and will probably be happier with a more reliable and upgradable machine. Hatts, in an earlier post directed to me to http://pcpartpicker.com where I could piece together my machine, so I think that is where I shall start.
If anyone has any other suggestions for powerful workstations, by all means, lead me to them.
I am planning on using the i7-4770k processor with either a quadro 4000 or geforce 780 card and 32 Gb's of ram. I am lacking a motherboard, cpu cooler and an appropriate power supply, so I need to do some research on appropriate parts for my machine.
Many thanks, once again!
If you aren't overclocking, the OEM CPU cooler is fine. If you want burly or quiet, you can go with a canned watercooler like a Corsair H60 or a Coolermaster Hyper 212 which is plenty of bang for the buck even when overclocking.
I'd go with the GTX760 unless you do a lot of GPU heavy work. If you find it's too slow you can upgrade it, but the 780 will be overkill for most CAD applications. The Quadro will give you some higher end features in certain tools, but you may not need it. Most people CAD on gaming cards these days.
For a power supply I'd go with something like a 600+ watt modular PSU just so you have room to scale. Modular just makes it easier to use only the cables you need.
Make sure to get a good SSD and nice monitor and you'll be all set. If you post your build I can provide more specifics but you should be able to build a nice 4770k system for under $1500 and still have $2k left over for monitors and a Macbook air.