After months of watching the market, waiting for new hardware to release (then waiting for the subsequent drop in prices) I've finally reached a point where I need to set a date on getting a new rig built.
My background: I work as a contract 3d design/visualization consultant in the field of Architecture. I tend to work in very heavy/high poly 3d models - mostly sketchup and 3ds Max. I use Vray for rendering and Adobe Creative Suite for post production. Each of these areas I use fairly equally, so other than having a pretty well rounded system I'd like to know other's opinions on how to build something future proof within my price range.
What I had originally looked at:
Approximate Purchase Date: May 2012
Budget Range: Around $1100 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1.) 3d Modeling in Sketchup, 3ds, Revit
2.) Rendering in Vray, Maxwell
3.) Post Production in Photoshop, Illustrator, possibly After Effects in the future
4.) Browsing the internet/watching movies
Parts Not Required: OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, others
Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel over AMD but if AMD can provide a substantially better build at the same price, with the same longevity, I wouldn't think twice about going with it.
Overclocking: Maybe. I don't upgrade computers very often (maybe once every 5 years), so reliability over time is key.
if so then this is your build(sorry i dont know about ur build as i cannot see the build)
3d Modeling in Sketchup, 3ds and rendering in Vray, Maxwell make use of intels hyper threading but Post Production in Photoshop, Illustrator, after Effects and browsing the internet/watching movies dont use hyper threading
the graphic card------>
if u are not gonna ever play games then u wont need a graphic card but still i would suggest a nvidia gaphic card which is cheap to support dual monitor in future , to remove the load of the cpu and adobe photo suite partially supports nvidia cuda
the Ram ------->
as u say that u work on very heavy heavy polly work then i would suggest 16 gb of ram
the motherboard ------->
as u said "Maybe. I don't upgrade computers very often (maybe once every 5 years), so reliability over time is key.
If necessary/fits my budget "
i would suggest a motherboard with a future upgrades , sli and oc asrock z68 extreme3 gen3
this motherboard is the most cheapest reliable supporting sli and oc and also have dvi,hdmi and vga ports on the motherboard to use the intel hd 2000/3000 of the processors in one package
Thanks for the responses guys. I was debating over the 2500k vs 2600k (knowing that I could definitely use the extra cpu power). I was under the assumption that modeling in Sketchup used mostly GPU power, but since it doesn't that frees up the extra money for the 2600k.
serialkiller: I dont foresee myself gaming on this computer, but I do want to run dual monitors in the future. Here is my previous wish list:
MB $130 - Asrock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - Looks like I was on track there!
CPU $219- Intel Core i5-2500k - Changing this out for the 2600k
RAM $90- Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (4 X 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - Thoughts on this memory vs the G.SKILL you posted?
HD - I hadn't included one in my previous build, as I store anything not necessary on a NAS device - but I know I need something right?
SSD $164 - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC - Looks like I can save about $40 going with that Mushkin drive -- though I am a bit of a Crucial fanboy if you hadn't notice
Optical Drive $18- I hadn't added one to the list so I'll stick with what you wrote.
Case $99 - Corsair Carbide Series 400R - Looks like I can save $40 going with the one you posted
PSU $115 - Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt - Little bit more expensive than the SeaSonic and I'm not too familiar with the brand, thoughts?
GPU $225 - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit - About $10 more than the one you posted, and less RAM. Since it sounds like SLI isn't cost effective for me it makes sense to go with the Sparkle.