Building my first workstation PC

  N.Prentice 12:52 03 Oct 2013

Hi All,

I am building my first workstation PC ever, I haven't built my own personal home PC in over 10 years so I'm a little rusty.

I've done quite a lot of research and a lot has changed since I last built a PC, so I am after a little advice.

The list below is what I am ideally looking to build, and from what I can see is all compatible.


Processor - Intel Xeon E5 Six Core/Eight Core

Motherboard - ASUS P9X79 WS – Socket 2011 QHAD DDR3

Memory - 32GB Kingston HyperX Beast QUAD-DDR3 2400MHz

Graphics Card - 4GB NVIDEA GEForce GTX 770 – 2 DVI, HDMI

Hard Disk 1 - 240GB InTEL 335 Series SSD

Hard Disk 2 - 2TB 3.5” SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 64MB Cahe

DVD Drive - 24x Duel Layer DVD Writer

Power - Corsair 450W VS Series VS-450 Power Supply

Cooling – Intel BXSTS200C Thermal Solution for Xeon E5 CPU

Sound – On board

O/S – Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

My questions are...

               1) Am I right is this configuration compatible?

               2) Has anyone got any tweaks that might help it better?

               3) Anyone recommend good places to buy components?

The PC is for general home use along with AutoCAD & Maya both 2D & 3D work, I'm looking at spending around the £1500 mark with a bit of flex, cheaper the better though.

Kind Regards


  Forum Editor 17:50 03 Oct 2013

The 64bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium can only address a maximum of 16Gb of RAM, so that's the first thing to consider. If you want 32Gb you'll need to go for The Professional,Enterprise,or Ultimate versions, all of which can address up to 192Gb.

Windows 8 64bit can address 128Gb, with 512Gb for the Professional and Enterprise editions.

With AutoCAD and Maya it pays to run as much RAM as you can afford.

  Mr Mistoffelees 17:43 04 Oct 2013

As Lazarus The 2nd has suggested, you need a higher rated power supply, eg, something like this with plenty of headroom so it is unstressed with capacity to accommodate future upgrades.

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