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Student build advice re: Xeon E3-1245/Intel HD P3000

Question asked by Henry Ly on Jul 28, 2011
Latest reply on Jul 29, 2011 by Charles Culp

Hi guys, just looking for some advice on my first build. I am an industrial design student, hoping to use this for solidworks and occasional 3dsmax. Not sure if I need overclocking. Budget is around $800. Prices are from local stores (Australia).

 

Option 1:

CPU:
Xeon E3-1245 – $289

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Pro3-M Motherboard B3 – $125

Graphics: Integrated Intel HD P3000

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB – $65

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 – $63

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 335 Case -$45

PSU: Corsair CX-430 Power Supply -$59

Optical: DVD Burner $25


Total: $671

 

 

Option 2:

 

CPU: i7 2500K - $212

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Pro3-M Motherboard B3 – $125

Graphics: nVidia Quadro 600 - $179

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB – $65

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 – $63

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 335 Case -$45

PSU: Corsair CX-430 Power Supply -$59

Optical: DVD Burner $25


Total: $773

 

So it seems I can save roughly $100 with option 1, which I could put towards an SSD or just pocket.


Questions:

 

1) How does the P3000 compare with the Quadro 600? Or can I even downgrade to a consumer gpu and attempt to soft mod?

 

2) Can the Xeon E3-1245 be run on the Z68? Or do I need a C206 motherboard? Is there any other reason option 1 won't work?


Thanks!

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