I am looking to purchase a fast new system, and looking to spend in the range of $2100-$2500 after rebates. Approx purchase date 1-2weeks.
I primarily use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Apps. But I also like to work with 3D via 3DS Max and render in VRay. Basically I need an all-around solid primary workstation that can handle a lot of design and VFX work. I am a "power user" and speed is critical to me. Completely secondary is gaming performance, occasionally I play Starcraft 2.
I also need a spare PCIe slot for my soundcard, I use a E-MU 1212m for audio production, but this is also secondary to the stated scope of graphics work.
I already have monitors / keyboard / mouse / OS, I just need to build the system itself. Unfortunately I haven't been keeping up with the latest components as of lately, so I'm not confident I could build a really efficient setup myself - hence why I've turned to this forum. The only thing I think I've determined is that I want a really quick i7.
If anyone would be so kind to start me off with a good build, that would be amazing. Thanks in advance for any help!
Some people may disagree with the specific parts I've picked, but in general, what I'd look for for you is the i7-3930K (6-core Ivy Bridge i7), along with lots of RAM (16GB here), and an AMD 7970 graphics card (or two) because of its compute ability.
However, I have no idea how good the Adobe suite and/or 3DS Max and VRay take advantage of the compute power in the 7970. If most of them are CUDA-enabled, then an NVIDIA card makes more sense. Someone else on here should be able to speak better to that.
*Note that I've included a 1050W power supply in the build here so that you can add a second 7970 if you should desire. Also note that I've recommended a very powerful gaming graphics card, and your use case may be more suited for a professional graphics card. Not sure which one, and they're much more expensive, so I went with what I knew. Hope it helps some...