Build a computer for after effects, 3ds max, w intel core i7 980x

Hi everyone,

I would really appreciate your help. Here's the deal. Believe it or not, I won a brand new Intel Core i7 980x CPU in a contest, and I am looking for advice on building a desktop with this as a starting point. I'm a student on a limited budget, but I'm looking for something that can work well with programs like After Effects and 3ds Max. I'm not really concerned about gaming. I'm hoping to spend less than a thousand, but if that's not realistic, oh well. So, I basically know nothing about computers; I could really use suggestions that would suit my needs for motherboard, graphics card, &c. Let me know if you need any more info. Thanks!
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  1. Thats a sweet CPU, especially for free!
  2. sisamnes said:
    Hi everyone,

    I would really appreciate your help. Here's the deal. Believe it or not, I won a brand new Intel Core i7 980x CPU in a contest, and I am looking for advice on building a desktop with this as a starting point. I'm a student on a limited budget, but I'm looking for something that can work well with programs like After Effects and 3ds Max. I'm not really concerned about gaming. I'm hoping to spend less than a thousand, but if that's not realistic, oh well. So, I basically know nothing about computers; I could really use suggestions that would suit my needs for motherboard, graphics card, &c. Let me know if you need any more info. Thanks!


    Hey,

    Congrats on the CPU. Now, this post might look a bit like self-advertising, but I hope no-one takes it this way.

    Well, my advice is: get what I got. When I built my rig I was looking to find a decent mobo that could leverage the capabilities of the 980x without breaking my bank. I'm very happy with my choice, the Sabertooth is very stable, reliable & easily overclockable. USB 3.0 & SATA 6 GB/s support, SLI support with x16 on two PCIE slots (if you do suddenly decide to go gaming) plus a few other things. A solid mobo for less than 200 USD and below 160 GBP in the UK.
    newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665&cm_re=sabertooth_x58-_-13-131-665-_-Product
    review:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2010/11/18/asus-sabertooth-x58-review/1
    review:
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-tuf-sabertooth-x58-review/


    After that, take your pick. If you want to go with CUDA for 3ds, you'll need a relatively powerful nvidia card. My choice was the GTX 570. If you want to rely more on the CPU, get something like a Radeon 6950 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600083901&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%206000%20series), which will give you performance similar to nvidia's counterparts, but at a lower price. Such a card will run games nicely in 1680x1050 or 1920x1080 with lowered details. This is still very much a gaming card, so go lower if you all you want is a smooth aero experience and video playback.

    I'd advise shitloads of RAM for your purposes. 8 GB would be nice, but you'll have to go to 12 GB if you want to make use of triple-channel support. Don't push yourself for extremely low-latency chips, diminishing returns very much apply. This would be nice, for example:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231358
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233146
    Both of these kits have a decent CAS 9 latency at 1600 MHz, they run at stock 1.5v and populate 3 slots instead of all 6, allowing you to expand in the future.

    PSU: Don't skimp here. Since you plan on stressing these 6 cores, make sure you have a good supply of clean power with plenty of overhead. Go with a decent brand (Seasonic, Corsair, XFX etc.) and 500W (more if you pick a high end GPU).
  3. You don't need fast hard drives for After Effects Dadiggle as it's all rendered in RAM - there is no real-time playback.

    sisamnes: After Effects really flies with lots of RAM. The Sabretooth suggestion for the motherboard is a good one and as it's very well priced I think you may be able to stretch to maxing at the RAM at 24GB, but 12GB would be my personal recommendation - I've seen a massive boost in my After Effects CS5 work going up to 8GB RAM on an old Core 2 Duo, so a 980X and 12GB will rock like you've never seen.

    If you are doing more traditional video editing then fast hard drives and RAID are a must as Dadiggle suggested.

    Also, if you are using Premiere with After Effects, then some great boost using CUDA acceleration with Mercury Playback Engine is available, however you don't need a big card to do it - MPE doesn't use a CUDA card to its full potential (yet) and from my own tests using a card with GDDR5 makes more of a difference.

    For example, I saw a bigger performance boost using a GDDR5-equipped GTS 450 over a GDDR3 version that I did over getting bigger cards. I settled on a 2GB version GTX 460 from Gainward/Palit and it flies (you will need to do the card list hack to enable any CUDA card not listed in Adobe's list: http://www.indiev.org/?p=308)
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