Building new Workstation Plz Help ?

hello everyone , i will b building a workstation soon enough in next few months .
I have read and seen many threads and seen many builds and unboxing as recommended but still cant decide upon which parts r good enough, the workstation parts- the ecc memory,the xeons,quadros etc(which r expensive) or the mix up of consumer boards and processor along with a quadro or just a gaming card ,

BUDGET RANGE:$1500-$2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:(gaming,watching movies,videoediting,animation,3ddesigning)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:speakers,os,dvdrw

MOBO:no idea about a workstation board plz suggest. consumer boards/gaming reviewed lot of them have some idea but still ur suggestions r welcome.

CPU:Xeon or i7 in this budget ? i7 preferrences = i7-950,i7-930

Storage:SSD40 -80gb crucial or intel ,hdd 1tb western digital,samsung or any other good fast ones.

RAM: minimun 4gb-6gb if workstation mobo than i guess more would b required

GPU:geforce gtx460/gtx465 if higher thatn i would rather go for the Quadro fx 1800

PSU:750W-950W choices coolermaster,antec or thermaltake

CHASIS: coolermaster,antec,nzxt or thermaltake.(already shortlisted them)

Monitor:will keep it seprate out of the systems budget
24" hdmi true colors for video editing,desiging etc.

Newegg only used for as reference to the products
Better components suggestions r welcome apart from these .

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:experienced builders and users help required.
plz do shed some light upon the choices, would i b able to have a good worstaion in this budget ?
and would a branded pc give me more value for money and better performing parts then a custom build?
or should i go for a high end gaming pc with and just replace the geforce card with a Quadro ?

plz do reply

Any sort of help is appreciated.

thank you and i do apologize for any kind of mistakes .
and plz feel free to suggest or recommend parts that u think would b the best,a bang for the buck

Wouldn't like to go wrong with my build .Building an expensive system for the first time.
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  1. plz readers help out here .

    if its confusing thread then ill make it simple
    a workstation (with ecc ram ,dual socket mobo,dual xeons,quadroand an ips monitor)
    is a good enough system possible in this budget excluding the monitor.
    a high end gaming rig with ecc ram and a quadro
    with only a quadro to change in the gaming rig

    i hope to some replies now
  2. I don't have much advise to give you on setting up a Xeon workstation, but it sounds like you would be better off with an i7-950 build.

    This combo includes an XFX 650W Power supply and an Antec 900 case for only $143 with the promo code XFXPOWER and after $40 in rebates.

    The XFX power supply is very well made (80 Plus Bronze certified, modular), and should be more than enough for your build.
  3. With 1500-2000, a high end gaming/workstation i7-930 is well within your budget.

    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $210

    i7-930 - $290

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM - $140

    With your budget, I would just step up into the 470's. The 460 is a great card, low heat/low power, but it just isn't as powerful as a 470. See

    EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $300

    SSD: - $138

    HDD: Samsung 1TB f3 Spinpoint - $60 until 9/6

    Case + PSU: Antec 900 + XFX 750w Black Edition - $170 AR

    TOTAL: 1308

    Use the other 700 as you wish. I would probably say get another f3 spinpoint since they're so cheap, and sink the rest into a monitor. Maybe even consider SLI. Or, maybe, for once, be responsible and save the extra cash :P.
  4. Combo the Gigabyte motherboard NeoElemental suggested and an i7-930 for $439 with the promo code MBTEN92.

    There is also this combo with a Gigabyte GTX 470 and 6GB (3x2GB) of DDR3 1600 CL8 for $378.

    Putting it all together:

    Antec 900 Case
    XFX 650W Power Supply

    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

    Gigabyte GTX 470
    6GB OCZ DDR3 1600 CL8

    OCZ Vertex 2 60GB

    Samsung Spinpoint 1TB

    That brings it down to $1158 (including shipping and rebates).

    With what's left over you can consider these upgrades:

    i7-950 for $35 more.
    It's comboed with the same motherboard, again with the promo code MBTEN92

    Crucial C300 128GB SSD for $141 more.

    12GB of G.Skill DDR3 1333 CL9 ram for $164 more (remove the Gigabyte GTX 470 & memory combo and just add the graphics card).
  5. than you very much at last some one responded :)
    but should i get a quadro fx 1800 in place of an 470 .
    but idk how much of a performance diff boost would i get to c from a mid range quadro to a high end gaming card.

    i would b using it for modeling,texturing ,lightign and annd some adobe applications as well

    i was doing some xeon workstation setup research it turns out it is possible but not that great as the xeons would be 3 series and i would require a hell lot of coolin and fans etc for the rig as it would get a lot hotter . so going out of budget there
    but np some one else might have a xeon workstation build suggestion hoping to c replies on that.
  6. thak you both neo and weilander you really know your combos:)

    cases that i would go for would go would b a haf-x/haf932/antec twelve hundred or any other with good looks and cooling lol

    i have some ques plz what would i get extra if i go for the asus extreme rampage or a gigabyte ud5 or ud7??

    and also i read long back smthng about the xfx supplies as they r not reliable etc cant rember exactly but they had faults what u guyz say
    other wise i can go fo rcorsair or coolermaster or thermaltake ?
  7. XFX is in the top tier of power supplies. Their 850w psu is pretty much flawless. I wouldn't hesitate to buy that psu. I have the 750w version. Here's the johnny guru review:

    The Antec 900 is going to be PLENTY big for this build. The 1200 would just be ridiculous. The airflow is top notch, even in the 900.

    The ud5/7 have more overclocking support, but in terms of raw abilities are pretty much the same. The things to focus on like SATA II, USB 3.0, and 2xPCI 16x lanes are all the same.

    I can't really comment on workstation builds either, but this one would be able to handle a lot of cpu intensive stuff no problem, especially if you bumped it up to 12gb of ram.
  8. what do you want to use this work station for?
  9. thanks neo for ur reply man

    and i would b using my workstation for modelin,texturing,lighting and also and some graphic and logo designing work too
    i am already doing architectural visualizations in a company as a fresher and have designed logos and other motion graphics some some of my clients too
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