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[$1200-1500] Photoshop/Rendering/Video Encoding system

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February 2, 2011 8:13:08 AM


I'm looking for a system with the following specifications:
Approximate Purchase Date: within 6 months

Budget Range: $1200-1500

System Usage: Hardcore Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, After Effects and Video Encoding.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, 2xmonitor, speakers, OS

Able to get parts from: Germany, The Netherlands and the USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, NVIDIA

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Preferred

Monitor Resolution: 2x[1920x1200]

Additional Comments:
-Must be able to hold at least 6 hardrives, but space for 10 is preferred (Full ATX Tower?)
-Thought about 2x[Quadro FX 580]. These quadro fx graphics cards are better for programs like 3D Studio Max than the consumer gaming graphics cards? Am I right? Is it possible to have this working with SLI? Do the quadro graphics cards even support SLI? If not is it possible to run one monitor on 1 card and extend the desktop with the 2nd video card over the 2nd monitor?
-High end CPU is a must.[$300-600](Core i7-2600K?)
-Time is not an issue, if there is a new upcoming quadro card or if there is a great CPU coming out soon, I'll wait.
-Case should be big and not too fancy, should have one extra x16 PCI-Express 2.0 slot(So at least 3 in total)
-Needs 3 ethernet ports.(so keep in mind an extra pci slot)
-Don't know much about the memmory, please advise... 8gb minimum high speed?

Is this doable with the budget? If not please still post your results if it is outside the budget. Please do not post sub $1000 systems as these will highly likely not be what I'm looking for.

Thank you very much for your advice!


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February 2, 2011 3:07:56 PM

I went 5 over ya $1500 limit

Case - $240 - Antec DF-85
PSU - incl - Antec CP-850
Case Fans - Later - Antec 120 mm Fan
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $110 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
SSD - $210 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT

I use AutoCAD and the Geforce cards do just fine. Have colleagues using 3D Studio Max and they fine w/ them also. At some point however, depending on how heavy the rendering, it make sense to switch over to the Quaddro .... where that is is user dependent.

If ya got thee extra $40, CAS7 memory would be nice