Maya 2009, 3Ds Max, Zbrush, Workstation build

hello, i am building a workstation to run Maya 2009, 3Ds Max and some other graphics intensive programs on. This is my first build so i just want to make sure i am not missing anything and that this system will run smooth with the parts i picked. I wont be using this machine for gaming btw. My budget is around $3000.

Also, i am going to be doing some video editing so i need a Firewire port. I checked the motherboard and i dont see one built right in, but if you look at the pictures on newegg it has one that has some kind of firewire extension wire. I have no idea what it is. If anything i have a firewire PCI card that i could plug in, but i would rather keep the slots free for other things if i could.
Thank you so much!

parts list:


SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DAi-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 Extended ATX Dual Intel Xeon Processor 5500 sequence (Nehalem-EP processor) Server Motherboard - $399

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182186


x2 Intel Xeon E5520 Nehalem 2.26GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 80W Quad-Core Server Processor - $768

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117185


x2 Kingston 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $180

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134854


PNY VCQFX3800-PCIE-PB Quadro FX3800 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Workstation Video Card - $829

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133271&Tpk=Quadro%20FX%203800


x2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $150

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319


x2 SNK-P0040AP4 4U+ Active-CPU Heatsink Lga 1366 - $75

http://www.provantage.com/supermicro-snk-p0040ap4~7SUP9156.htm


LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe - $30

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106280


Superchassis 748TQ-R1000 Black - $368.06

http://www.provantage.com/supermicro-sc743tq-865b-sq~7SUPM2FV.htm <---no fans specified

http://www.pcsforeveryone.com/Product/Supermicro/CSE-743TQ-865B-SQ <---says it comes with fans


Total = about $2800
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  1. The rig looks like it would be okay except you need at least 1g of ram per core.
    Not including hyperthreading you would still need 8gigs to stop bottle necks from
    happening so i would first say that you should defiantly think about adding ram
    because of the boost you'll get in performance due to less bottle necks. That
    being said I'm looking to build a machine just like this except want to game on it
    as well so looking for a dual lga 1366 board with sli or crossfire to just have fun
    when not making movies.
  2. +1 for more ram at least 12gig.
    I also think in the sofware you used there is a lot of i/o on the disk. I think it will be a good think to check for a 75 gb hardisk just reserve for the sawapping or temporary file. You don't say if you will used your two hd in raid, even if you do that a cheetah or velociraptor or the best a scsi2 15-20k rpm disk will be great to reduce i/o time.

    Thanks
  3. hey guys thanks for the replies :)

    how can i add more RAM? If i fill all the memory slots with 2GB memory the motherboard cannot hold more. please correct me if im wrong, im kind of new at this haha.

    i am going to use the hard disks in a RAID.
    I was looking at the velociraptors and cheetahs, but they set the price well over my budget.

    thanks again guys!
  4. Try www.titanuscomputers.com they have decent prices on professional workstations
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