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3D System - GTX or Quadro? I'd really appreciate the help!

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July 21, 2012 5:06:39 PM

Hello guys and girls, I am trying to put together a system for 3D modelling, rendering and 2D graphics work. I am a product designer and I use 3ds Max and the adobe suite. I am pretty happy with my set up so far, if you could check it out below and let me know what your thoughts are, I am trying to get a decent system for £1000, and I can't really go over that budget.

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz
Asus P8Z77-V LE Z77
Fractal Design Define R3 Case
Western Digital WD10EARS 1TB
Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600Mhz Vengeance Memory
OCZ ZX Series 850W 80+ GOLD PSU
Samsung SH-222BB 22x DVD±RW
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit
OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

The main issue I am having is whether to go for the PNY NVIDIA Quadro 600 1GB DDR3 or an Asus GTX 560Ti DirectCU II 1GB GDDR5. They are roughly the same price, as far as I can tell the 560Ti blows the Quadro out of the water, 384 CUDA cores to Quadros 96, 128gb/s bandwidth over Quadros 25.6gb/s, both have open gl 4.1, both direct x 11, I just don't know what to do and it's driving me nuts! :pt1cable:  I am new to the world of CUDA, I haven't been doing 3D work for ages and I want to get back in to it so as far as the latest technology goes I have have a few evenings trying to catch up on what's what so sorry if I am coming across as stupid, I understand Quadro is built for the job, but it seems on paper the GTX is equally, if not better suited, for the job and I am getting a lot more for my money! I know there are lots of similar threads out there so please forgive me, but I can't seem to find an up to date and conclusive answer.

Please help, I am hoping to get this system finalised very soon.

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July 21, 2012 6:07:18 PM

please dont get ocz, you dont need that much power. id get a nice xfx 550w psu instead

for the SSD, you can go to and pick up a samsung 830 128gb for 76 pounds (2x better than agility 3)

it doesnt really matter about the cuda cores and bandwidth. nvidia is a douche sometimes and they cap compute performance of geforce cards. geforce cards are for games and quadro cards are for work.

im not much of a expert in workstation cards but what i said is the general statement of the differences. if you need more clarification, you can ask people over at the graphics section
July 21, 2012 6:46:53 PM

+1 Power Supply is overkill. Everyone who's been inside computers has their brand. If it's critical and for me I'd opt for a ~600 range Enermax, Seasonic for close friends, the rest get Antec (but I read reviews on any supply before I make a final choice).
Also +1 on the Samsung 830 line. A lot of other SSD get mixed ratings but the Samsung 830 line does consistently well. There's an obvious trend in reliability in Samsung's favor, as well.
About your Green Powered hard drive. Are you sure you wouldn't rather step it up to a Black Series? Better Warranty, better transfer rates and that'll come into play with what you do... a lot.
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July 22, 2012 7:48:22 AM

You can 'get by' with the GTX. It *will* be better than the Quadro 600...
July 22, 2012 8:32:07 PM

PNY Nivida Quadro 2000D £250 on eBay
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz £174.80
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H £100.36
Fractal Design Define R3 Case £72.55 
Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB £80.99
Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600Mhz Vengeance Memory £77.13
XFX 550W Core Edition Pro PSU £54.99
Samsung SH-222BB 22x DVD±RW £12.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit £104.99
Samsung 830 128GB £78.14
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro £15.44
Logitech Performance Mouse MX 43.96
Logitech K750 Keyboard £39.99

I can get this for £1,106.33

I found someone selling the Quadro 2000D on eBay for £250, I remain sceptical of this price at the moment, but what do you think to this spec? I went for the XFX PSU, it has some good reviews and apparently it uses the Seasonic S12II platform, so it's all good! Took the advice on the WD Caviar black, so that has boosted the price a bit. I also changed the motherboard to a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H from the Asus P8Z77-V LE Z77....wise move?

Anywhere you can see I could chop it down a bit? I'd love to get as close to £1000 as possible
July 22, 2012 11:51:49 PM

id get a z77-v LK board instead but the d3h is ok

the define r4 has just come out so id wait a bit since the r4 has removable drive cages for better airflow
July 23, 2012 9:10:02 AM

what does the LK stand for? they are roughly the same price, the asus P8Z77-V LK is £108 on amazon, thanks again for your help, this is by far the best forum ive used
July 23, 2012 9:46:26 AM

also how is the LK different from the LE?! There are too many out there to choose from!
July 23, 2012 11:15:03 AM

LK supports SLI. not too important but it is there
July 23, 2012 12:43:12 PM

ok then. it will be good enough