i'm goin to buy a new workstation in the 1000-1500usd range i would like to know what would be better for me, i have been loking at some hardware reviews but i'm kinda lost. the hardware i've looking at is. Gigabyte LGA1366 GA-X58A-UD3R, Xeon w3565, Corsair Vengance (3x4gb) ddr3 1600, Ati FirePro v4800, Seagate Momentus xt 500gb, Antec Truepower tp-750. i need the machine for 3d max 2011 , maya and 3d studio 2011, acad 2011. main question is that this cpu is a good choise or will it be better a i7, also will this ram will work? since in the intel page states that max will be 1066mhz or can i use that ram. the machine will be on almost 24/7 thanks for the help.
I'd go with a workstation board and ECC RAM rather than the gamer board and overclocker RAM that you listed. Get some Kingston unbuffered ECC DDR3-1333 RAM and a board that will support ECC RAM (a TYAN or Supermicro board, or one of the ASUS P6T WS series). Ideally you would like to have a dual CPU setup since some of those programs will take advantage of many cores, but you're not going to be able to do that with Xeons as decent dual-CPU Xeons (E5620 and better) start at about $400 and go up from there. You could probably get a dual Opteron 4180 system within your budget though, as the 4180s cost about $200 each and that would give you 12 2.6 GHz cores. The clock speed would be less than the W3565 but you have three times the cores and I bet it would be faster for your overall.