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3D work build, which would be better?

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February 10, 2012 7:42:00 AM

Hello, I had set my sights on the upcoming Xeon and Evga-Sr-X. But another build has crossed my mind.


Approximate Purchase Date: March-April

Budget Range: $5400 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D animation, VFX, Editing, watching movies, and gaming. (Maya, 3Ds Max, After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com, tigerdirect.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel, Nvidia, Evga

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here are the two systems I had in mind:

1:
Processor: 2 x Intel Xeon e5-2650
Motherboard: EVGA SR-X
Memory 32 GB Corsair Dominator Ram
Case: Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra
CPU cooler: 2 x Noctua
Monitor: Samsung 24 inch x2
PSU: Corsair AX1200
GPU: Nvidia PNY Quadro 4000
Storage: Corsair Force GT 120 GB and 2 TB Seagate 7200 rpm
Optical: LiteOn Dvd writer
Network: Any pcie wireless N adapter

If the second option, I would like to get two systems. So multiply the bottom setup by two. One with a quadro card, and one with a GTX card for video output.

2:
Processor: i7-3930k
Motherboard: EVGA x79 (any)
Memory: 32 GB Corsair Dominator Ram
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series (Any)
CPU: Cooler: Noctua
Monitor Samsung 24 inch
PSU: Enough to support a quadro card, the other a High end GTX card
GPU: Quadro and GTX
Storage: Corsair Force GT 120 GB 2TB Seagate 7200 rpm
Optical Liton Dvd writer
Network Any Pcie wireless N adapter


I saw some performance results for the i7-3930k, really impressive. I intend to do a batch render that may take months to complete, I like the idea of only having one computer as I believe that Two computers would consume too much space.

I listed the CPU coolers as Noctua because I heard they are coming out with new heat sinks that would clear the RAM's height.

Which system would be better in the long run?

The first option I will eventually add an actual gaming video card after I make some more moola.

Thanks in advanced!

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February 10, 2012 8:56:38 AM

If you buying to work, more productivity means more money.
You need stability too.

I wouldn't get a EVGA mobo, you need a server/workstation motherboard grade. Try looking for Intel, Supermicro or Tyan mobos. (These manufacturers are the best when talking about this kind of mobo)

You also can't use that Corsair AX1200 PSU since it don't have the required pins to power up both CPU. It would require 4 x 4+4-Pin ATX/EPS 12V, this PSU have only 2 x 4+4-Pin ATX/EPS 12V.

I would do another PSU research before anything else.
February 11, 2012 7:46:22 AM

vitornob said:
If you buying to work, more productivity means more money.
You need stability too.

I wouldn't get a EVGA mobo, you need a server/workstation motherboard grade. Try looking for Intel, Supermicro or Tyan mobos. (These manufacturers are the best when talking about this kind of mobo)

You also can't use that Corsair AX1200 PSU since it don't have the required pins to power up both CPU. It would require 4 x 4+4-Pin ATX/EPS 12V, this PSU have only 2 x 4+4-Pin ATX/EPS 12V.

I would do another PSU research before anything else.


Thank you for your response!

I looked into the PSU component of the build. According to EVGA's manual, the Motherboard can use the 6 pin PCIE connector for the CPU power.

I do intend on gaming, which I would go with a multiple GPU setup:

Quadro 4000 for the applications.

GTX for the games.
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