First post! I'm building a rig to comfortably run Maya 2011 and Adobe CS5.
Here's what I've compiled so far. Any concerns/ suggestions? Not sure if I should downgrade the CPU to an i5. My budget is around $1,700.
^ Just to warn you, if you plan to Overclock, the 2500 and 2600 are locked, you wont be able to overclock. So if you plan to overclock spend the extra and get the K versions.
Also since you're using this for Maya, getting more threads is benefitial. Stick with the 2600 but get the 2600K if you plan to overclock.
As for MOBOs concern, the Pro isn't worth the cost. The Asrock Extreme4 offers the same options for a lower price of 150$. It overclocks to 5.1ghz as you will notice on Newegg reviews w/ bios revision and is a best buy for budgets.
SSD- if you can wait (not that the V2 is bad) the Vertex 3 is coming out soon and so are the SF-2000 controllers they feature 480 read speeds and SATA III so if you can wait it'd be benefitial.
It will take a year before the new socket is released and only then is the 1155 not favorable for the pro's
The i7 2600K is in most benchmarks faster or as fast as the 980x but costs about a quarter of the price. Also both are useless for pro's within a year.
Now what would be the better pick.....
All I'm going to require upping in the immediate future of 3 years is the memory. It might not be 3-channel ddr3 ram, or what have you, but again this isn't an overclocked gaming rig. I'm not trying to get ahead of myself with the purchases.