Need help with high end 3D workstation

Hi, I am looking to switch from a Mac Pro and build my own PC (Thanks Tim Cook for leaving the Pro's behind)

Anyway I have been looking around and I am trying to decide if I should go with a dual socket mother board and hook up some Xeon processors or go with a single i7. Previously I worked on a 2 X 2.93 ghz 6 core Xeon Mac Pro. I will be using this for 3D modeling and rendering making high animations for use in broadcast commercials and games. I would like recommendations on every part of the system but especially the processors, motherboard, as well if the high end Nvida graphics Tesla graphics cards are worth it. I am thinking of spending around 5k (could go slightly over) including monitors when everything is said and done. I have never built a PC before so I am a little new to how I need to optimize my system so that data can move quickly between my CPU and GPU.

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  1. It depends on what software you are planning to use. in most cases go for the single i7. Most software can't use all those cores, and xeon's are built for servers and more built for reliability than speed, so a single fast i7 is in most cases faster than dual xeon's.
    Then in most 3D software the CPU is not that important it is you GPU that does the work. Then there is the question if your software run openGl or direct 3D. like autocad inventor has just moved to direct 3D and then you are better of with a fast normal gaming card, if you software use openGl you need to go for quadro or firegl cards.

    So there is a loot of but and if's here and no single right answer, except it depends on what software you plan to run.
  2. I planning on mainly running Cinema4D with V-Ray, RealFlow, AfterEffects, Premeire and potentially Nuke.

    torbendalum said:
    It depends on what software you are planning to use. in most cases go for the single i7. Most software can't use all those cores, and xeon's are built for servers and more built for reliability than speed, so a single fast i7 is in most cases faster than dual xeon's.
    Then in most 3D software the CPU is not that important it is you GPU that does the work. Then there is the question if your software run openGl or direct 3D. like autocad inventor has just moved to direct 3D and then you are better of with a fast normal gaming card, if you software use openGl you need to go for quadro or firegl cards.

    So there is a loot of but and if's here and no single right answer, except it depends on what software you plan to run.
  3. I have heard that Cinema4D likes to have more CPU cores and after a little research seems like a quadro is my best choice for a video card because of open GL and adobe products. But it seems like there is a big price gap in those cards, the k4000 is $800.00 and the k5000 is 1,800.00 is there nothing in-between because at that price point? I don't think the k5000 is an option if that is the case.
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