Firstly, thanks for your valuable time and assistance. Many thanks to
FinneousPJ for the following template and members who answered my previous queries.
Approximate Purchase Date: within five days Budget Range: $3400 System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d modeling, animation, rendering / video editing Are you buying a monitor: No, own the BenQ GW2450HM Parts to Upgrade: Not worth it. My old but faithful build: Q9550 processor, Rampage Formula X48 Mobo, GeForce 9800GT graphics card, G.Skill 4 GB DDR2 RAM, Corsair VX450W power supply, TRUE 120 rev C heatsink Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 Professional Preferred Website(s) for Parts: directcanada, newegg.ca, directdial.com, tigerdirect Location: Montreal, Canada Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia Quadro (much as I would like to go for Firepro, I have gone through a lot of articles and industry people advising me to go for Quadro) Overclocking: Yes, OC the 3930K to 4.8 GHz if stable SLI or Crossfire: Yes, though I won't be purchasing more than one card soon due to budget contraints Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Additional Comments: want fast rendering Why Are You Upgrading: usage as stated above is hardware demanding
Kindly advice if the parts are compatible, best price, and to make this build as powerful as possible.
I have substituted the Quadro K4000 with Quadro 4000 because the former is not available on ca.pcpartpicker.com. I read that the future versions of Adobe would benefit from OpenCL of Firepro W, but the W series is pricey and reviews not so good.
For a chassis I plan to spend somewhere around $150, and 'maybe' (big maybe) squeeze in another Quadro K4000 to SLI. My guess is that the P9X79-E WS, if available, may cost $500 or more and I could do with the extra cash.
Plan to add new Quadros 8-10 months later if I can afford them.
Here is an idea for your 3d modeling, animation, rendering / video editing workstation. The components are selected based on the highest rated systems of these uses in the Passmark Performance Test and for cost/performance ratio. The Xeon 6-core E5-1650 (3.2/3.8) is particularly good in cost /performance being rated No. 15 in the Passmark CPU benchmarks at $600. This system also uses 1600 ECC RAM of the lowest latency and 32GB as video editing file size and number of simultaneous applications are likely to be demanding. The OCZ RevoDrive is amazingly fast and seen in some of the fastest systems. Your idea of using the new Quadro K4000 is a good one!
An alternate system could use an i7-3970X CPU and would be faster- and higher clock speed is important for single-threaded applications, but also over the budget by about $300- which might be saved here and there. Still, with workstations, to me reliability is as important as shear speed and while it may well work perfectly forever, I for one would resist the temptation to have all-out benchmark performance using overclocked gaming components as the highest priority. Real time frame rates are not as critical as error free computational power and reliability. As an attempt at frugality, I tried a GeForce GTX 285 in my CAD workstation and it returned bizarre shadow artifacts, rendering crashes, Sketchup "Bugsplats", and inoperable Solidworks viewports that disappeared with a Quadro FX4800. The Passmark rating dropped form 1909 to 1866 with the Quadro, but the difference in reliability raised it's usability rating by a factor of 3.
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