Well the last time I built a computer was in the 1990’s and the first Pentium had just been released but for a utter computer noob it worked well. Since then I discovered the joys of Apple computers and escaped the annoyance of Windows computers…
Since starting a Building Design Course (architecture for bogans) and becoming interested in CAD, CNC and CAM MACs just don’t cut it as very little of this type of software will work on them:(
I priced a MAC Pro as an option but they are way too expensive:(
Solution – Old bloke and computer noob builds a MAC Pro killing super computer/workstation. How hard can it be?
First do lots of research at Toms Hardware, Linus Tech tips and Corey Holtzman and Overclock.net. These sites were fabulous for someone who dislikes Windows and only sees computers as a tool not a lifestyle choice. Linus and Corey Holtzman’s sites are good for assembly info. Toms Hardware and Overclockers for hardware reviews and info.
Second – buy lots of bits from PC Case Gear, these blokes have excellent service and are very easy to deal with.
Cooler Master Cosmos 2 case, ASUS X99 E-WS mother board, Quadro 4200 graphics card, Corsair H100i CPU cooler, ASUS BW-16D1HT-PRO 16x Blu Ray Burner, Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Modular Power Supply, Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M4A2666C16 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4, ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual Band Wireless AC1900 PCI-E Adapter, Noctua NF-F12 Industrial PPC 120mm 3000RPM PWM Fan, Noctua NF-A14 Industrial PPC 140mm 3000RPM PWM Fan, ASUS PA279Q 27in AH-IPS Widescreen LED Monitor, Intel Core i7 5930K CPU, Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB SSD as the primary drive and 4 x Western Digital WD Black 1TB WD1003FZEX in a RAID 10 config for storage.
When it is all put together it looks like this.
It is huge, very fast and runs very cool and has lots of room to be expanded and upgraded. It amazingly started first go!! The lights in Bungendore did flicker a bit though when it was turned on. To give you an idea how big it is the little table it is sitting on is 1200mm wide and 2600mm long.
Angus who has just finished his Honours in Computational Science and has been nominated for the ANU University medal and is definitely not a computer noob was a great help, Callum supervised and my lovely Jo tolerated the kitchen table and our crowded house been littered with computer parts.
And yes Archicad, AutoCad Inventor, AutoCad and SketchUp run like a dream and look great on The ASUS PA monitor!!
All in all not particularly difficult to do and all for less than the price of a MAC Pro.
(I still love MACS)