Dual Intel Xeon E5- 2630 /2650 or Dual AMD Opteron 6220 / 6274

Hello everyone,

I am building a new workstation to replace my 8 year old SGI. The new machine must be able to crunch video and images at lightning speed.
My present system is killing me as I have to wait hr's for it to batch process & render.

I use Adobe Premier Pro, CS5, Photoshop, Capture One and Media Pro as my database.

Before I get too involved in all the parts, I need to select the correct CPU.

I want to go for a dual configuration and I was looking at the following processors,

Dual CPU Intel Xeon E5-2630 Sandy Bridge-EP 2.3GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Boost) 15MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 95W Six-Core Server Processor BX80621E52630

Dual CPU Intel Xeon E5-2650 Sandy Bridge-EP 2.0GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Boost) 20MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 95W 8-Core Server Processor BX80621E52650

Dual CPU AMD Opteron 6274 Interlagos 2.2GHz 16MB L3 Cache Socket G34 115W 16-Core Server Processor OS6274WKTGGGUWOF

Dual CPU AMD Opteron 6220 Interlagos 3.0GHz 16MB L3 Cache Socket G34 115W 8-Core Server Processor OS6220WKT8GGUWOF

Feel free to recommend any processor that's not listed above.

My system will look as follows to give you an idea of what I want to archive.

C Drive - 250GB SSD
Scratch Drive - 250GB SSD
Memory- 64GB Min
Video - NVidia 580GTX, Quadro 6000, AMD 5870 ( These are the recommended cards from Capture One, Card must support OpenCL )

Raid - I want to set up 2 x 6TB raid 5/6 arrays.
The second raid set needs to mirror the first as a backup if its possible. Sounds like overkill, but its my total income stream, loose data - loose income.
As its running my database with Media Pro, it does not need to run at lightning speed.

Tricky Bit: As I spend a great amount of time on the road, I need to have access to the database via the web. Any thoughts on how to archive this !!!
My system is powered on 24/7 and I have an unlimited broadband account.

My budget for this build is up to $10K, don't want to spend that much, but I need a fast reliable system.

Thanks in advance for your kind assistance.

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  1. Best answer
    The new E5's easily beat the opterons in rendering. I would suggest the 2660.

    On your drives setup, you have the two raids,C drive and a scratch disk but if the two raids are mirrors wheres your destination disk for your renders? You're gonna loose alot of speed reading and writing to the same drive/array
  2. I was planning to render on the scratch drive, then move it over to the raid once it was complete.
  3. Best answer selected by in-motion.
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