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September 3, 2009 9:23:15 PM

Video Editing / Effects / 3D system

Just need someone to talk me down. I am on the verge of buying either an XPS 730z or an HP z600 all juiced up. Both are looking like they will cost me $5,000. Is there anything better out there for the money or for even half that cost?

Dell XPS 730x
Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz, 8MB)
Vista® Home 64-bit
6GB Tri-Channel 1066MHZ
300GB Western Digital Velociraptor - SATA-II, 3GB/S,
nVidia GeForce GTX 285 1024MB

HP z600
Xeon X5550 / 2.66 GHz
6 GB RAM
320 GB HDD
Quadro FX 1800

Any help would be awesome

Diggety

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September 3, 2009 9:49:56 PM

Easily doable for significantly under 2k, i assume you dont need a monitor. Are you comfortable overclocking? Also are your applications able to have a workstation card do some of the work? If so then go with the second card i list.

Antec 900 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i7 920 $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

750TX in case you need to add a second card down the line $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair XMS3 1600MHz CL7 6GB $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 1TB $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX275 $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

PNY Quadro FX 1800 $560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1250 before any combos or rebates with the GTX275 and 1560 with the Quadro, throw in a heatsink and OC the 920 to 3.33GHz and you have a 975 for way under 2 grand, i cant even imagine what i would build for 5 grand. If you need windows that an extra $150ish for pro or ultimate.
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September 3, 2009 10:02:11 PM

i agree with hunter and his build. save lots of money with the i7 920 and overclock to as far as 3.8 on good air cooling. dell and hp wont let you overclock i believe.
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September 4, 2009 2:19:12 AM

the prebuilt workstations are just not worth it. build it yourself for less money. i'm not sure id you need the quadro card. get something cheaper or normal graphics card.
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September 4, 2009 5:19:41 PM

hunter315 said:
Easily doable for significantly under 2k, i assume you dont need a monitor. Are you comfortable overclocking? Also are your applications able to have a workstation card do some of the work?

$1250 before any combos or rebates with the GTX275 and 1560 with the Quadro, throw in a heatsink and OC the 920 to 3.33GHz and you have a 975 for way under 2 grand, i cant even imagine what i would build for 5 grand. If you need windows that an extra $150ish for pro or ultimate.


Thanks Hunter! Really appreciate it.
Overclocking works for me. Also would love to have a workstation card do some of the work.

My budget is $3000 - $4000. Any other suggestions to make this thing cook.
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September 4, 2009 5:20:28 PM

paperfox said:
i agree with hunter and his build. save lots of money with the i7 920 and overclock to as far as 3.8 on good air cooling. dell and hp wont let you overclock i believe.


Yeah I heard that dell and HP won't overclock.
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September 4, 2009 5:23:54 PM

hunter315 said:


EVGA GTX275 $240 OR PNY Quadro FX 1800 $560


For graphics I was leaning toward the NVidia FX3800. My research let me believe that when creating composites using after effects with heavy effects that it will derease my scrubbing and rendering times.
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September 4, 2009 5:34:00 PM

Okay, i was a little iffy on the work station card, not sure how they compare with each other so i opted for the one in that xeon build. Check the software you use and see what level they recommend, with your budget you can even get one of the top of the line workstation cards and still be in budget, but i usually suggest second or third tier cards, once you make it to the top tier the price/performance ratio gets unfavorable very quickly.

Looking at the after effects page
http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects/opengl.html
A workstation level card would likely help significantly, i know that some of CS4 supports CUDA so definitely stick with an nVidia workstation card.
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