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5-6k 3d modeling/rendering. CPU,GPU, MoBo?

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September 17, 2012 12:05:33 AM

Hi people, please give me your input on what cpu gpu and mobo i should go with. The setup should be designed for 3d modeling/rendering in Modo and a few other autodesk...Budget: 5-6k.
What i had in mind was either:
2x xeon e5-2640
Supermicro x9dai dual socket
Nvidia quadro 4000
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Xeon e5-2687w
Asus P9x79 ws
Nvidia quadro 4000

For the first setup, i dont know whether the dual e5-2640 will be sufficient for the modeling aspect, i know when it comes to modeling you need higher frequencies and when rendering higher cores.

Will the power of one e5-2687w outweigh a dual e5-2640? Btw dont consider oc any processors.

supermicro or asus?

Will the quadro serve a good enough purpose when rendering?


September 17, 2012 12:55:50 AM

The first system you listed would achieve the fastest render time, the dual 6-core configuration would trump the 8-core single CPU configuration even though it is clocked higher.

The quadro you listed should certainly suffice, unless you are working on gigantic scenes.
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September 17, 2012 1:19:32 AM

Awesome, thanks joytech for the quick reply. And im assuming if the dual 6core trump the single 8 core, it would also beat out say an i7 3960 in modeling and rendering.
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September 17, 2012 1:40:11 AM

In rendering, 12 cores and 24 threads will DESTROY the 6 core and 12 thread! Since they are on the same architecture too...
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September 17, 2012 2:07:53 AM

Rockyrock said:
Awesome, thanks joytech for the quick reply. And im assuming if the dual 6core trump the single 8 core, it would also beat out say an i7 3960 in modeling and rendering.


Sorry for the late reply, and yes the two 6-cores would also easily out-perform a single 3960.
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September 17, 2012 2:18:56 AM

Thats what i like to hear DEstroY, :) ....apart from a great rendering , do you think it will be ok with 3d modeling? can the e5-2640 really reach 3.0 ghz...if so itd be work really well. Thanks
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September 17, 2012 2:20:22 AM

Thanks joytech, making my decision a lotttt easier.
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September 17, 2012 2:21:47 AM

Rockyrock said:
Thats what i like to hear DEstroY, :) ....apart from a great rendering , do you think it will be ok with 3d modeling? can the e5-2640 really reach 3.0 ghz...if so itd be work really well. Thanks

3ghz is the speed you'll get when you have a program that uses 1 core. When all cores are rendering everything should be running at 2.6ghz. Heck it will be plenty for rendering, you'll have 24 threads to render on and the Quadro 4000 will help in previewing/modeling. ;) 
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September 17, 2012 2:33:45 AM

Case closed!, amuffin and joytech, really helpful
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September 17, 2012 2:50:11 AM

In terms of sheer performance you would be better off with the first build.
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September 17, 2012 4:11:42 AM

Yeah i think im going with that setup, i seem to be getting most positive feedback on it...on a side note, would 850w psu supply enough?
(2x) xeon e5-2640
Supermicro x9dai
Quadro 4000
32gb 1333ecc
180gb corsair gt ssd
1tb seagate hdd
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September 17, 2012 4:30:44 AM

As long as it's a good quality PSU than 850 Watts should be more than enough.
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September 17, 2012 4:38:56 AM

its an 80+gold certified corsair. Thanks for the advise rds.
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September 17, 2012 4:52:34 AM

That should be fine than. Corsair and Seasonic make some of the most reliable PSU's right now.
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September 17, 2012 5:10:38 AM

Make sure it has enough connectors for your board.
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September 27, 2012 2:25:06 PM

Best answer selected by Rockyrock.
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September 27, 2012 7:00:14 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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