3D modeling and texturing workstation build / 2000-2500 budget / preliminary research question

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP- emergency - within the week

BUDGET RANGE: $2000-$2500

SYSTEM USAGE:
Maya
Zbrush
XSI
Photoshop

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Monitor, speakers, sound card, mouse, keyboard

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
United States

MAIN CONCERN:
Am I on the right path starting my research with a single xeon cpu, and a w5000 or W7000 card, or is an i7 and a Quadro the better choice to start researching?


EXTRA INFO;
I had a negative experience trying to save time by buying a precision from dell at a discount. Very bad experience. Now I am manning up and looking to build my first workstation, and would like to hear opinions on what direction I should take my research, moving forward.

First and foremost, this is for work. Editing, modeling, and texturing very high resolution 3D Models in Maya, Zbrush, and Mari, while also editing big files in Photoshop. Rendering, and particle simulation is secondary, while gaming is in a distant third place.

http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/mari/system-requirements/
http://pixologic.com/zbrush/system/

After doing prelim research am I on the right path with a single xeon cpu, and a firepro card? I used to think that a quadro was the say all end all, but after looking around I am wondering if a w5000 or even a w7000 might not be a strong choice. I figure that once these variables are established then I can base everything else around those two components.

I am much more artist than technician, and so I definitely need to lean on some support from the people who know better. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Travis
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