System for 3DsMax 2012?

Hey guys...I need some help.

I am not too familiar with various plugins/apps/utilities to get the most out of Max rendering (like CUDA support that iRay has.)

Does anyone have a quick and dirty (but accurate) explanation on what is going to get me the quickest (for a workstation, not network) rendering times? Load up single CPU system with Quattros or look for more CPU cores or...

Hardware recommendations are also welcome. I don't really have a budget, but I think I can do better than the 9 grand Apple wants for their configured Mac Pro. Ideally Id like to spend ~2k for the CPUs/GPUs/ and mainboard.

Thanks!
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  1. First off - you can *DEFINITELY* do better than the $9K that Apple wants for far less and get current hardware. With a Mac Pro you get charged three times as much for hardware that's two generations old - Mac Pros are only beginning to catch up with X58, SSD, and include Radeon 5770 cards.

    But second - fill this out and we can assist you better: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  2. Location
    I live in the USA - MS to be precise, and I don't mind buying from Newegg though I do have a Prime membership.

    Use
    Like I said, this is for a professional workstation. I need the fastest possible rendering times in kerkythea and 3dsmax. I don't JUST want a fast computer, I want one that is set up to be fast in these precise applications. Like I said, I am not familiar with what they use in hardware...more CPU cores or Cuda muscle. I'm also still not sure what AMD/Nvidia's workstation cards specifically do for these apps. =/

    Budget
    I don't really have a budget, but I'd rather spend money elsewhere. I'd like to spend around 2k for CPUs/GPUs and a mainboard....but would spend another thousand or so if it is going to be significantly faster in these applications. Don't care about benchmarks xD. I am swimming in other gear and wont need SSDs, high-end PSUs, cases, liquid cooling gear, etc.

    I only use two monitors right now, but basically any GPU I stick in this system will support that.

    I think that covers the list? I appreciate your help very much.
  3. I think you would build off the LGA2011 platform using the I7-3930k (i guess i73960X if you want the best of the best) and a X79 matched with a 580/590 would give you more then enough power for a work station.
  4. Ohmybad said:
    I think you would build off the LGA2011 platform using the I7-3930k (i guess i73960X if you want the best of the best) and a X79 matched with a 580/590 would give you more then enough power for a work station.


    Actually I'd be more inclined to suggest a build based off an Asus P8B and a Xeon E3-1230. Maybe try something like this:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
    PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold - $179.99
    Motherboard: Asus P8B WS - $219.99
    CPU: 3.20GHz Intel Xeon E3-1230 - $239.99
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 - $129.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B - $59.99
    SSD: 64GB Samsung 830 - $119.99
    HD: Seagate Barracuda XT 1TB - $139.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: ATI Fire Pro V7900 - $699.99

    Total: $1,873.79

    That will run circles around any Mac Pro you can get right now for $1900.
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