I am a video editor looking to switch from mac to pc. Avid (The software I use) tends to work better on PC. They recommend the hp z800. Being an amateur builder after seeing the z800 price tag, I thought I might be able to build my own computer with those specs for cheaper. Can anyone confirm? Advice for or against?
I believe going with xeon's is a more expensive way to go here is something I came up with which I feel will be a stronger solution for what you are perhaps after.
Yeah Xeons are way more expensive especially when you factor in a 6 or 8 core CPU (those alone are $1100 - $1900 a piece) then factor in ECC RAM and specialized motherboards but that's a whole different league.
The 2011 platform is built around professional people. Yes you can game with it but essentially they are built with a xeon undertone pretty much to sum it up they are made very similarly. And when you say rendering what programs do you use for example the only program I've ever used is After Effects. I feel you get a overall better deal with the 2011 platform also you get quad memory which is a nice little extra.
I7 3770K pretty much does everything a Xeon can. However,Xeons on dual CPU are winner,and I believe it's possible these days on LGA 1155.
I stand corrected if I'm wrong,but that would be a cheaper route to gain many threads.
No a 3770k can't do the same things that a Xeon. Can. From what I understand a Xeon is a professional enviroment thing mainly used in server rack mounts and not something you normally see in a normal environment. Video editors will land on socket 2011 its a stronger platform at the current moment.
Well, the 3770K achieves very good performance in professional work,very similar to 3820 for a much cheaper build is all. I would go that route to save on budget,but I'm not good with the details, I'll check out the video.