Approximate Purchase Date: Monday, as soon as I'm disappointed with Apple's new iMac offering. Budget Range: $3000 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Rendering in VRay, Revit, Rhino, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Possibly 3DS Max and/or Maya Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg seems to have the best prices, but whatever is cheapest is fine with me
Additional Comments: This is my first computer build, but I have a friend that builds them all the time and will be helping me. I'll be using this computer for the next 3-5 years when I enter the Master of Architecture program at UCLA this fall. I've been using a 2009 Macbook Pro 17" for all of my rendering and Photoshop needs, and it's worked great but I'd like to have a powerhouse to speed up my work time, so I think it's time to build my own Windows. I've searched high and low but can seem to find a definitive answer as to the CPU vs GPU debate when rendering. The build below has a large portion going to the FirePro v7900 which I can save quite a bit of money if the GPU is not as important and maybe put that money to better use somewhere else.
I think I've decided to go with the cheaper FirePro V5900 which will save me about $250. I saw some benchmarks and it looks like the V7900 is only about 10% better than the V5900, although from the specs and price you would think it was twice as fast.
Well the Apple WWDC was a complete letdown as far as desktop hardware is concerned, so I guess I'm pulling the trigger on this build. Anyone have any last minute suggestions before I purchase today or tomorrow?