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I built this for my brother-in-law who works as an architect, so he could do bigger projects than those he could do before with his 2009 laptop that barely even works anymore. Needless to say, this was a major step-up for him.

-CPU: This was the obvious choice, nothing to complain about here.

-CPU Cooler: Cant go wrong with the Cooler Master 212 EVO. Even though we don't plan to overclock (at least not now), I'd like to keep the CPU as cool as possible, especially due to the fact that temperatures go to almost 50°C (122°F) where we live.

-Thermal Compound: I had this from a previous build so no money wasted here, 100% recommended.

-Motherboard: I just went with a decent MoBo that could have all the components we needed as well as room for expansion.

-RAM: I just went to the store and looked for RAM, saw this and took it, the 32 Gb are for rendering and processing 3D models and images.

-SSD: I just looked around for a cheap but reliable SSD and chose this, it is enough to hold most of the programs he will use with a little room to spare.

-HDD: 2 Tb because HDD's are too cheap, also movies, lots of movies.

-Video Card: The heart of the machine, works flawlessly in all the 3D applications he uses, got the 4 Gb version because it was only 20$ more expensive than the normal one when we bought it.

-Case: Nice case for the price, lots of room for our needs as well as good looks. Windowed at request of the client.

-PSU: Good power supply with high efficiency and 7 years Warranty.

-Optical Drive: Grabbed the first one I saw that wasn't ******.

-OS: Getting only the licence form 3rd party suppliers saves a lot of money.

-WiFi: See "Optical Drive"

-Monitors: They suit our needs quite well and have good image.

-Keyboard: Though you can't see it in the photos, my client really liked this keyboard and decided to get it.

-Mouse: See "WiFi"

All in all, I would say this was a job well done, cable management could be better but considering I did it it in about 5-10 minutes I'd say it turned out alright.

Do know that most of these prices have been converted from my currency to US Dollars, although some of these things could seem expensive comparing the prices to those of US vendors, in reality, a lot of these parts were in sale and it came out quite cheap especially considering pre-built builds with similar specs come at around 1000 dollars more where I live at.

Any comments or questions about the build, feel free to say, constructive criticism is more than welcome.

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. lol 31.9 of 32 gb usuable of ram. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What programs does your brother-in-law use?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

He uses 3ds Max, SketchUp, Revit, Lumion, and others like them.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean only buying the licence in terms of the OS?

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

Installing windows from a DVD or USB and then buying just the activation key to activate it. 100% legal and it saves a lot of money

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

you my friend have just saved me a shed load of money. thanks so much!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

if you go to a site like G2A.com they do Windows 8.1 keys - you can use the Microsoft 8.1 trial .iso and then use the key from G2A to active it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious how this build has performed over the last 9 months. Any updates?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Talk about replying late. Was away from the site for a while.

If you're still curious the build is performing beautifully as of June 2016. There have been no problems and it works fast for rendering works in cinema 4d, sketch-up and 3ds Max.

  • 62 months ago
  • -1 points

Why z97 for a work station and why not a decent gtx card to go along with the quadro

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I just went with a decent board that could accommodate the 4790K and would let me the option to overclock in the future if the need arises. Also, there is no need for a GeForce card, he isn't a gamer.

  • 62 months ago
  • -1 points

sigh I will have ato explain this again.

A Quadro alone isn't very adequate for a workstation so people will use a gtx card along with it to beef up the power.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

It seems that I misread your earlier comment, sorry for that. However when you said "A Quadro alone isn't very adequate for a workstation" I can't help but think that you must have not worked with Quadros before, they are workstation cards. Sure, they are not Teslas, and the components themselves are not very different (sometimes the same) from GTX cards, but the specialized drivers and quality control is not something that you can get on a GTX.

As I said before, I misread your comment, I thought you were saying to ditch the Quadro and get a GTX, while in reality you were suggesting I put them in parallel to take advantage of the extra processing power, the reason I didn't do this is simple, budget, this isn't for me, this is for a client who requested specific types of parts, we were already going over budget due to the fact that he wanted 2 monitors, so I couldn't accommodate much else.

BTW, using sigh as a way to show annoyance at someone else is rude, especially if it the other person was just answering your question.

  • 62 months ago
  • -1 points

Well see a low end Quadro won't do things like edit video 3d render or even hardcore photo editing so a quadro k4200 Is more of a "along with" card

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Except that it does, and quite well. Not the best, but better than anything else at that price range