Build 245 – Muddy Boots: CAD Workstation

Muddy Boots is a CAD workstation, designed around a 24-core i9-14900K processor and an RTX 4080 16GB video card.

Description

Muddy Boots is a CAD workstation, designed around a 24-core i9-14900K processor and an RTX 4080 16GB video card.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 24-core i9-14900K processor and an RTX 4080 16GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload that would last a long time.

This build was designed for use in AutoCAD, Navisworks, Build, Adobe Creative Cloud, Revit, and Bluebeam.

This build was influenced by our i9 CAD Workstation.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel Core i9-14900K

CPU Cooler: Phanteks GLACIER ONE 360D30

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z790 AORUS ELITE AX

Memory: Kingston F​ury Beast 2x32GB ​DDR5-5600

Storage (NVME): Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB

Video Card (GPU): MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO

Power Supply (PSU): be quiet! Straight Power 12 1200W

Case: be quiet! Shadow Base 800 Black

Fans: 6x Phanteks PH-F120T30

OS: Windows 11 Pro

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Design Rationale

  • The i9-14900K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for lightly-threaded workloads, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, liquid cooling with a 360mm liquid cooler is recommended.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer requested 64GB RAM, with room to add more.
  • The customer requested a single 2TB NVME for overall storage.
  • While the customer originally requested an RTX 4070Ti, they ultimately decided on an RTX 4080 for extra power for future.
  • While the overall design of the build didn’t require a 1200W power supply, we recommended one for future expansion.
  • We used our bigger mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our highest-end fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

“Our field surveyor was having difficulties with larger projects using a beefy and expensive laptop from one of the biggest BIM/VDC companies in the industry.

Demoing Chris’ desktop was all we needed to convince them to get the unit we ordered. Our surveyor is able to do his job with no lag at all now and I’m confident it will last him years.

We’re queuing up to order replacement desktops soon!”

Mike, Raleigh NC

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