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January 12, 2011 11:10:31 PM

Hey everyone,

Thanks for all the previous input, and I think I have come up with a build. I just wanted some final confirmation on the compatibility! This is primarily a workstation with light gaming uses. (Maya 2011, Photoshop, After Effects)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

Mobo: ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Video Card: ATI 100-505561 FirePro V7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Graphics Accelerator

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Power Supply:CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply


It is mostly the video card that I am concerned about. (Build based on AMD Enthusiast on Recommend Builds thread).

Thanks for the help!
January 13, 2011 2:42:41 AM

^ Are you going to overclock ? Will you be adding more than 1 graphics card ??
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January 13, 2011 2:51:39 AM

I would go for the gtx 570 it should be powerful enough to handle those rendering programs and is significantly cheaper than that firepro
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January 13, 2011 2:58:49 AM

you only need a 922 as well
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January 13, 2011 3:41:25 AM

I really won't be doing any overclocking.

I would love to be able to add multiple cards in the future, but then again that is what I planned for my current system and never managed to do so before the cards were pretty much obsolete.

I actually have a 520W power supply at the moment that I would love to be able to reuse.

I was going off of the Maya 2011 qualified hardware list, which is why I picked out that video card. However, scrolling down some more, I see that it is not that the GeForce ones were not recommended, but it was just that it hadn't been tested except with windows 7. So that concern is moot! Yay!

So, reduce the power supply (maybe just try with my current and order better if needed), and switch out the video card with: this one (the gtx 570) and call it good?

Thank you so much!.
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January 13, 2011 3:46:57 AM

^ What is the make and model of the PSU that you have ? I would actually do a total rebuild with an Intel CPU... No am not an Intel or AMD fan, but would like to get the best what I can with the money I have,... If you are fine with Intel, then I could suggest 1 and am sure it would be significantly better than the AMD's also will stay within the same price range,...
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January 13, 2011 4:06:00 AM

The psu i have is from a case a friend had, he had to upgrade, and it was better than mine so i took it. This one i think.

From my research I am lead to believe that Maya favors AMD over intel, which is why I went that direction. However, I'm honestly not sure if it just a business arrangement between the two, or if there are significant performance differences. I can't really find information either way. If I could get more for the money I wouldn't mind going Intel. All Autodesk says is: Intel® Pentium® 4 or higher, AMD Athlon™ 64, AMD Opteron™ processor, AMD Phenom™.

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January 13, 2011 4:47:39 AM

Here is an article, that gives an idea of the CPU performance in Maya using the SPECviewperf v11 Maya test ...
http://www.techspot.com/review/353-intel-sandy-bridge-c...
Also check out the performance in other CAD apps,...

And I would suggest you get a new PSU,...
Here is a build based on the Intel i7 2600K

CPU + Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE - I would go with something like this
CM 690 Advanced - Very good features and nice airflow
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advance-Mid-Tower-R...

PSU + RAM
Corsair 8GB DDR3 + Corsair 650TX - So that you have some good headroom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Graphics card - If the PC will be used for Pro CAD work, then it is worth spending on a Workstation card as the drivers are regularly updated for fixes of issues that arise with various CAD apps,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or for learning CAD apps, you can stick with regular cards such as GTX 4xx 5xx or ATI's HD 6950,...

You might want to add a SSD to your build,... As a boot drive for the apps, as a scratch disk,...
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January 13, 2011 4:53:20 PM

Thank you so much gkay09. All the benchmark articles I could find were still using Maya 6.5 or so. Especially since I'm more concerned about viewport performance than rendering (I'm a rigger so I'll be rendering once in a blue moon), the intel i7 definitely looks like the way to go!

Thanks again!
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January 13, 2011 4:54:57 PM

Best answer selected by arisena.
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