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Z68 Deluxe memory for 3D work?

I will be doing 3D modeling, texturing and rendering in Luxology modo, Pixologic ZBrush and Maxwell Render. No animation, no gaming. I am getting a Z68 Deluxe board, running Win 7, i7 2600K cpu.

What brand and amount of memory is suggested for this?
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  1. Hmm...I know the Luxology Modo can access up to 32-cores so why a 4-Core? Yeah, for a 4-core the i7-2600K is fine, but do any of those other Apps take advantage of Hyper-Threading?

    Q - Are you producing 'final' product or is this for Draft/Testing?

    RAM -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%20600006073&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=147|20-231-456^20-231-456-TS%2C20-231-442^20-231-442-TS%2C20-233-143^20-233-143-TS

    My pick CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
  2. jaquith said:
    Hmm...I know the Luxology Modo can access up to 32-cores so why a 4-Core? Yeah, for a 4-core the i7-2600K is fine, but do any of those other Apps take advantage of Hyper-Threading?

    Q - Are you producing 'final' product or is this for Draft/Testing?

    RAM -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%20600006073&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=147|20-231-456^20-231-456-TS%2C20-231-442^20-231-442-TS%2C20-233-143^20-233-143-TS

    My pick CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9


    "Why a 4-core?" I don't know, because I don't know enough about this.

    As for Maxwell Render, from a forum:

    "Maxwell distributes the render between all the available system processors (CPUs). With this option you can limit the render to a specific number of CPUs (threads). In case of Hyper threading processors each CPU will represent two threads. Setting this value to 0 will cause Maxwell to auto-detect the available number of processors/threads, and use them all for the rendering process."

    As for ZBrush, I won't be using it much, so I'm sure I will be covered. modo and Maxwell will be the main apps.

    My end product are stills, scenes of interiors and exteriors in the approx 2k x 2k size range.

    1) Open to all suggestions. Nothing carved in stone as to what I will buy, but I am thinking I can swing a mobo/cpu combo in the $600 range. So, feel free to suggest an alternative to the Z68 Deluxe/i7-2600k idea, which was suggested for me recently by a hardware tech guy. Whatever I decide on, the build needs to be dead simple, since I have little experience.

    2) "My pick CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9": how many of these? The more the better? edit: never mind, I see it is a set of 16mb.

    Thanks.
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    My company does mainly SQL {databases} but we also do some video and 3D rendering -- all of our final 'product' is produced on Workstations/Servers with Xeon and ECC RAM. Rendering does NOT require Xeon and ECC RAM.

    Most importantly, for your stated budget the {ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe} 'Z68 Deluxe/i7-2600k' is the best bet.

    ASUS also produces some Workstations LGA 1155 MOBOs:
    P8P67 WS Revolution - http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8P67_WS_Revolution/#specifications
    P8B WS - http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8B_WS/#specifications

    The RAM I listed are ALL 4X4GB kits, all LGA 1155 have a limit to 4 DIMM slots and 4X8GB are 'today' insanely expensive -- so I already listed the max.
    32GB 4X8GB $700 USD (2 sets) -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211564

    Dead simple - well in order to OC the 'K' CPU you'll need an aftermarket HSF e.g. Thermaltake Frio -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150
  4. jaquith said:
    My company does mainly SQL {databases} but we also do some video and 3D rendering -- all of our final 'product' is produced on Workstations/Servers with Xeon and ECC RAM. Rendering does NOT require Xeon and ECC RAM.

    Most importantly, for your stated budget the {ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe} 'Z68 Deluxe/i7-2600k' is the best bet.

    ASUS also produces some Workstations LGA 1155 MOBOs:
    P8P67 WS Revolution - http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8P67_WS_Revolution/#specifications
    P8B WS - http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8B_WS/#specifications

    The RAM I listed are ALL 4X4GB kits, all LGA 1155 have a limit to 4 DIMM slots and 4X8GB are 'today' insanely expensive -- so I already listed the max.
    32GB 4X8GB $700 USD (2 sets) -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211564

    Dead simple - well in order to OC the 'K' CPU you'll need an aftermarket HSF e.g. Thermaltake Frio -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150


    helpful info, thanks.
  5. Best answer selected by shokan.
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