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July 14, 2012 12:23:02 AM

Looking for a new workstation. Budget is around 3500... I wanna get new monitor too so I'm trying to keep the comp around 3500.
I am a professional photographer, and retoucher. My current computer is i7 950 with 12gb and nvidia 240gt. I'm looking for something faster for photoshop, and more compatible for premiere and after fx, as I am starting to do video. My video file is not large, working with only 1-5 minute footage, and raw file about 200gb uncompressed video footage.
My photoshop file range from 1gb to 3gb file, some images goes to 40+ MP.

This is what I was thinking.

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10R
ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Notebook Upgrade Kit
and couple other empty 2TB WD black.

Not sure if I should go to Quadro 2000 instead of the 670, cus my current 240gt sometime is buggy with its open GL.
Also what about the ivy bridge 3770? Not sure if I want to get to Xeon, as it is very pricey if I jump to 12 cores.

My budget is not firm it can go higher or lower. But I am saving up for the Eizo color edge 27" :) 

Thanks GUYS!

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July 14, 2012 3:43:03 AM

I suggest you read the article introducing the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs that came out after the i7-3960X: Intel Core i7-3930K And Core i7-3820: Sandy Bridge-E, Cheaper. The first paragraph of tyhe article (after the Editor's Note):

We love to lust after the latest hardware, no matter the cost. But when it comes time to buy, sexy takes a back seat to sensible. That’s why a thousand-dollar processor like Intel’s Core i7-3960X doesn’t really add up. According to Intel’s official price list, you can get the Core i7-3930K for exactly $416 dollars less, sacrificing 3 MB of shared L3 cache and 100 MHz in the process. There’s an Epic Meal Time phrase I could use to illustrate the intelligence of that trade-off, but I’ll just leave it as: smart.

Further into the article they explain in more depth why that extra $419 makes less and less sense against the Core i7-3930K.

Your choice of RAM is not a 'bad' choice, but it can easily become an incompatible choice. Not because it is electrically incompatible, but because the tall fins on those DIMMs' heat spreaders will be guaranteed to get in the way of the CPU cooler. The only systems that I have seen the Vengeance line of DIMMs fit in when it comes to X79 are systems that utilize liquid cooling.

With all Sandy Bridge-E chips, you have to purchase an aftermarket CPU cooler, because they don't come with a stock cooler from Intel. If you aren't planning on doing any overclocking, then the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO does a great job of keeping my own 3930K cool. If you want to do some overclocking, then I'd suggest you look into either the Noctua NH-D14 or one of the closed-loop liquid cooling setups from Corsair (or maybe also Thermaltake or Antec, which make similar liquid cooling setups).

Everything else you chose looks great!