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Entry level Workstation for Adobe AE, Premiere, Maya, 3dsMax

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June 12, 2012 9:30:48 AM

Hello,

I would like your thoughts on my soon to order build, for an entry level workstation PC, at almost 1200 euros budget without a GFX card. As far as GFX card is concerned i was thinking about FirePro v4900 or just a more affordable CUDA enabled GTS450/GTX550Ti.

So.
CPU: i7 3770k. Will do overclock, even for a workstation, have read the reviews, i ll be aiming 4.4 or higher.
MB: Asrock z77 Extreme 6. Again i have read the reviews, its an OCing beast, plus it has FireWire IEEE 1394.
RAM: 2x8GB Ripjaws rated @ 1600MHz. That will occupy the 2 of the 4 slots, so i will be able to upgrade to 32GB.
PSU: OCZ ZT750W. Reviews based choice.
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two. Reviews based due to low load temperatures and low noise coolers.
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Archon. I read about the beast Tom's used for OCing i7 3770k on Performance build, Zalman CNPS12X, but it was 2x euros more expensive. I will be using Arctic Silver 5 too.
HDD: Seagate Baracuda 2TB @ 7200RPM. Im not sure i care anymore for performance HDDs, as long as they are 7200RPM.
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB <OR> Samsung 830 128GB. Samsung is priced at 40 euros higher, so i havent made my choice yet.
UPS: APC Back UPS ES 700. Already using one, and im kinda happy.

Programs that will be used are, as the title implies, Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, 3dsMax, maybe Nuke, Cinema 4d.
June 12, 2012 2:13:25 PM

get the asrock exteme4. its cheaper and has most of all the features

zt is loud. very loud. get a xfx 750w. they are made by seasonic

get a antec p280. it is more expandable and quiet

just get a hyper 212 evo. it comes with arctic mx-4.

get a crucial 128gb ssd or the samsung 830. agility sucks

June 12, 2012 2:55:14 PM

Eilifein said:
Hello,

I would like your thoughts on my soon to order build, for an entry level workstation PC, at almost 1200 euros budget without a GFX card. As far as GFX card is concerned i was thinking about FirePro v4900 or just a more affordable CUDA enabled GTS450/GTX550Ti.

So.
CPU: i7 3770k. Will do overclock, even for a workstation, have read the reviews, i ll be aiming 4.4 or higher.
MB: Asrock z77 Extreme 6. Again i have read the reviews, its an OCing beast, plus it has FireWire IEEE 1394.
RAM: 2x8GB Ripjaws rated @ 1600MHz. That will occupy the 2 of the 4 slots, so i will be able to upgrade to 32GB.
PSU: OCZ ZT750W. Reviews based choice.
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two. Reviews based due to low load temperatures and low noise coolers.
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Archon. I read about the beast Tom's used for OCing i7 3770k on Performance build, Zalman CNPS12X, but it was 2x euros more expensive. I will be using Arctic Silver 5 too.
HDD: Seagate Baracuda 2TB @ 7200RPM. Im not sure i care anymore for performance HDDs, as long as they are 7200RPM.
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB <OR> Samsung 830 128GB. Samsung is priced at 40 euros higher, so i havent made my choice yet.
UPS: APC Back UPS ES 700. Already using one, and im kinda happy.

Programs that will be used are, as the title implies, Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, 3dsMax, maybe Nuke, Cinema 4d.


You'll never need 32GB, unless you're thinking to mount a RAM drive. 4GB modules have better timmings. I have 16GB installed, and I'm yet waiting to see more than 20% used... (I edit 18MP RAW photo files)

Corsair AX750 modular is a great PSU, I have one, it's very quiet.

If you want a reliable SSD, go Samsung or Intel. I bought two Samsung 830 because Intel is very expensive.

The Coolermaster HAF series are great cases, with big and silent fans, your system will get cooled very efficiently.

The Noctua NH-D14 cooler is just wonderful. I have one cooling my i7-3770K, with only one fan (the cooler is supplied with two), and the CPU stays at low temperatures, and without a whisper.


June 12, 2012 2:59:22 PM

you can run i7 passively on a nh-d14 cooler if you keep it at stock speeds
June 12, 2012 4:17:44 PM

lusofox said:
You'll never need 32GB, unless you're thinking to mount a RAM drive. 4GB modules have better timmings. I have 16GB installed, and I'm yet waiting to see more than 20% used... (I edit 18MP RAW photo files)

Corsair AX750 modular is a great PSU, I have one, it's very quiet.

If you want a reliable SSD, go Samsung or Intel. I bought two Samsung 830 because Intel is very expensive.

The Coolermaster HAF series are great cases, with big and silent fans, your system will get cooled very efficiently.

The Noctua NH-D14 cooler is just wonderful. I have one cooling my i7-3770K, with only one fan (the cooler is supplied with two), and the CPU stays at low temperatures, and without a whisper.


Thanks for the replies guys.

Just some more questions though.
1) ZT is 94 euros, AX750 166, Seasonic is not for sale here. Just how much noisy does it get? (ZT i mean)
2) Samsung 830 is a better choice, and for 40 euros i wont think about it anymore.
3) HAF series is too wide to make any choice depended on that only. They start from 75 euros and go upwards to 160.
4) Noctua NH-D14 is good, but Archon is better (?). Noctua costs 85, Archon 62.
5) I believe Photoshop (?) photo files, to be lighter than 3d rendering and modeling. Even Adobe states that its recommended to use 4gb per core (thats 4x8 = 32gb).
6) And last, and more importantly, you are cooling 3770k at stock? I care about OCed though. OCed 3770k with base vcore at least.

Thanks in advance.
June 12, 2012 6:35:05 PM

1: or you could get a hx750w. it performs about the same and is cheaper than the az760.
2:nh-d14 is awesome and much better than the archon
3:there are oly 4 cores in the i7. the rest are vitrual cores. so techincally you only need 16gb of ram
June 12, 2012 8:51:49 PM

TheBigTroll said:
1: or you could get a hx750w. it performs about the same and is cheaper than the az760.
2:nh-d14 is awesome and much better than the archon
3:there are oly 4 cores in the i7. the rest are vitrual cores. so techincally you only need 16gb of ram



1) Corsair costs like 40 euros more. Corsair it is :p  Hah
2) Indeed, noctua is better..... (im a moron for missing this :p  )
3) No, virtual ones do count: http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/2/994204

If they didnt count why would HT i7s be better than no HT i5s. And they ARE better at AE.

Thank you...

So, to sum up, final build is:

CPU: i7 3770k.
MB: Asrock z77 Extreme 6.
RAM: 2x8GB Ripjaws rated @ 1600MHz.
PSU: Corsair Professional HX750W
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two. Reviews based due to low load temperatures and low noise coolers.
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
HDD: Seagate Baracuda 2TB @ 7200RPM.
SSD: Samsung 830 128GB.
GFX Card: AMD FirePro v4900
June 12, 2012 9:54:48 PM

dude. told you to get the p280 from antec. it is better and is lower noise
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