Build 111 – Rocket Powered Dirt: CAD Workstation

Rocket Powered Dirt is a CAD workstation.


Rocket Powered Dirt is a CAD workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around an 8-core i7-11700K processor and a Quadro P2200 5GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload.

This system is designed in particular for Revit, AutoCAD, Risa, SAP 2000, and Trimble Business Center.

This customer also purchased Experiment 227.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-11700K

CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z590 AORUS PRO AX

Memory: GSkill Ripjaws V 2x16GB DDR4-3200 CL16

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 512GB Gen3 NVME

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 1TB Gen3 NVME

Video Card (GPU): PNY Quadro P2200 5GB

Power Supply (PSU): Enermax Revolution DF 750W

Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow Black

Fans: 3x Phanteks F120MP

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Design Rationale

  • The i7-11700K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for modeling, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, air cooling with a dual-tower cooler is recommended. Liquid cooling is more powerful, but not quite as reliable.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 32GB of RAM, 64GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer was fine with our default storage setup.
  • The customer was fine with our recommended video card
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 750W power supply was recommended.
  • We used our default mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our default fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

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