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New FX-8350 system
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* December 17, 2012, 03:34:47 PM
Well I finally bit the bullet and decided on my new system within the budget available at present, a few more things needed yet, probably a 128 SSD to improve startup times, but enough to get me going with my recent purchase of V19 pro plat 64 bit.

Here is the system component list that I should start assembling on about the twentieth just before the end of the world on the 21st. All Purchased From Scan Uk.

Order Contents
Qty   Description   Ex VAT   Inc VAT
1   2GB XFX Radeon HD 7750 Ghost Thermal Technology, 1300MHz GDDR3, 28nm, GPU 800MHz, 512 Cores, HDMI/ 2x DVI/ DP +Free Game   Â£55.77   Â£66.92
1   2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 3 6GB/s 7200rpm 64MB Cache 8ms OEM NCQ   Â£54.99   Â£65.99
1   AMD FX 8350 Black Edition, Vishera, 8 Core, S AM3+, 4.0GHz, 16MB Total Cache, 125W, Retail   Â£124.99   Â£149.99
1   1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm 64mb Cache 8ms NCQ OEM   Â£42.99   Â£51.59
2   16GB (2x8GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Low Profile Jet Black PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V   Â£109.00   Â£130.80
1   Corsair 300R Black Mid Tower Gaming Case with Side Window and USB 3.0 w/o PSU   Â£58.30   Â£69.96
1   Microsoft Windows 8 64bit DVD OEM - The Most Popular One!   Â£59.08   Â£70.90
1   Asus Sabertooth 990FX, AMD 990FX, S AM3+, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX   Â£103.99   Â£124.79
1   650W Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M, Modular, 85% Eff' , 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX PSU   Â£59.65   Â£71.58
1   Genius KB C100 USB Keyboard and Optical 3 Button Mouse   Â£7.25   Â£8.70
1   Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H70 Core Performance CPU Cooler with 2x SP120 PWM Fans (140-00154) **SCAN Exclusive**   Â£44.99   Â£53.99
2   45cm Scan RB-481 SATA III Certified 6Gbps Internal Cable   Â£1.64   Â£1.97

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Sub Total   Â£722.64
Carriage   Â£9.15
VAT   Â£146.36
Total   Â£878.15

Can't Wait!.


* December 17, 2012, 03:48:11 PM
Well Michael... really sounds like a top system there; with the exception of the line about Windows 8...  :P


TurboCad user since PS v1.2
v24.0.26.3 Pro Plat x64
WIN10 x64 w/16G Mem. nVidia GTX1080(s)

* December 17, 2012, 03:59:06 PM
Well Michael... really sounds like a top system there; with the exception of the line about Windows 8...  :P


Well I am hoping that windows 8 turns out to be as good as windows 7 which in my opinion is very stable, never liked Vista, it never really worked out. I still use and love XP, but time to move on.
I will still have my XP system running with some of my older software, but am going to look at a virtual Machine for XP, as the 32GB of memory should not miss 4GB to run a Virtual system.

Don't Know what my options are, lots of people seem to go with Linux, but never been there yet.


* December 18, 2012, 06:28:57 PM

Excellent choices. That is my configuration of choice for Geological Mapping -- although maybe a grade up on the video card for our use.

Maybe the mouse would be changed as well for us -- Logitech MX Revolution Bluetooth Kbd and Mouse combo.

Very little difference though...

The motherboard is an excellent choice.

SW:TC 21 Pro Platinum, FM15, 20 Pro Platinum 64 Bit, also V 19.1 64Bit & 32 bit 17.2 and 18.1; Furniture Maker 14 and 10. HW: Vista 64 Ultimate, AMD 1090 (6 core) 8GB memory Plus also an AMD  8 core systemFX

* December 18, 2012, 10:58:54 PM
Not top of the range with the higher I7's , but pound for pound and with a good overclocking facility, well worth it. It should compare favourably in the ratings alongside the I7's. I have been asking a few questions on tomshardware forum about different cooling methodologies in use, as I believe that a cooled pedestal between the cpu and the board would grab the extra heat from the bottom of the cpu also although I have never seen an example of this method in use yet.  With current cooling methods, the continual heat and cooling on one side must have it's consequences over time.

Another design thought was to take the cpu graphics card and memory off the  board, and connect them through an interface connector, then all the major hot parts of the system could be catered for far better.

Cant wait to get it up and running though, it should give the complexity of my sculptures a real boost.


* December 18, 2012, 11:17:18 PM
I might add an ssd drive to this , when I figure out which way I am going with the os setup.


* December 19, 2012, 05:54:16 AM
I replaced my HDD with a hybrid Seagate Momentus XT.  It has the speed advantages of the SSD without the reliability issues.

It can also be defragged as the SSD section does not get defragged as this can reduce its lifespan and you have the reliability of HDD long term storage without the worry of losing everything.

I back-up files to an external HDD keeping the storage to a minimum.

Speed is noticeably quicker and impressive.

Windows 8 64 bit
TurboCAD 19.2 build 54.2
HP Pavillion g6
AMD Quad core graphics

* December 22, 2012, 01:18:54 AM
Well my new system is finally up and running, although still some fine tuning to do, a massive difference in rendering times. The only problem I have at the minute is my new graphics card, which does not appear to be totally compatible with Redsdk, even though I went for one in the range recommended, but it may well be compatible soon and may also be because it is a new card. The rendering in Native GDI is good enough until then, and the problem does not affect all the functionality of the Redsdk.

Here's wishing everyone on the forum a Merry Christmas and a prosperous and interesting New Year!.


December 22, 2012, 02:00:50 AM

Total   Â£878.15

My, my, my - how times have changed!  That sort of price is certainly a reflection of the massive reduction in production costs, over a relatively short space of time.

I recall my first PC, a 486 33DX with all the memory I could squeeze into it and the biggest hard drive, 120MB.  I was just as impatient as you Michael, to see what it would do.  The cost, with a  printer, was little short of £2,000 ($3,200).

Now, if I could only afford to spend that today!  I am very tempted to follow your example Michael, so please keep us all posted on progress.


Regards Tim

Regards Tim

You can design without engineering, but you cannot engineer without design.
Using Win 10 with Designer 2017-2020 and TurboCAD Pro. Plat. 2018-2020 + Lightworks (64-bit versions) + AnimationLab 5.2.
Windows 10 Pro (1909) 64-bit

* December 22, 2012, 03:42:27 AM
Very nice system Michael, and completely different than the one I just finished building, (I used Intel) for your renderings I think you will delighted with the size of renderings that can be done with all that memory and 64 bit (I only put in 24Gb, - TC used 12Gb of it on one render - though I don't use RedSdk preferring native draw).

I look forward to seeing what you produce with such a good system.



December 22, 2012, 09:59:28 AM
A definite must in my opinion is a SSD drive for your OS and program file locations. Program and drawing loads are so quick  :)


V2020 & V2019 Plat 64bit + REDsdk Plugin, Lenovo P72 Laptop, Window 10 Pro for Workstations, Intel Xeon E-2186 CPU @ 2.90 Ghz (6 cores/12 threads), 32GB RAM, 512GB & 1TB SSD's, Nvidia P5200 c/w Max=Q Design GPU, Display UHD 3840 x 2160 pixels
TurboCAD user since V3 and Turbocad 3D V1.