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August 27, 2012 4:49:48 AM

Hi all.

I'm currently looking to get a new PC. Mainly interested in a Processor, Motherboard, Ram and video card.

I'd like to get 64gigs of ram, with a Quadro video card.
Thinking of starting with the Quadro 2000 video card, upgrading in the future to include the Tesla with an upgraded Quadro (Maybe Quadro 5000).
This system will run Windows XP 64bit, or Windows Seven 64bit. In the near future, Windows 8... If's it good...
Looking to stay under $2000.


Questions:

What motherboard would be best to use for the Quadro series and later adding the Tesla? Will I need a specific size case for the motherboard?

I've used Intel processors and they've all worked great. Should I go with an i7 6-core?

Is there a "best choice" for ram?

Is there another system I should consider?

Thoughts on potential Operating system to use?


Thank you.
August 27, 2012 6:31:36 AM

You don't *really* need 64GB of RAM and a Quadro card for 3D and video editing.

Put the money into a quality SSD instead.

Don't use XP 64bit. It was a rare O/S when it was released and is not supported by all apps. Use Win7 64bit. Win8 will add nothing for your usage.
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August 27, 2012 6:33:26 AM

You need to list what programs you will be using. Some programs utilize extra cores and some do not.

Here's a start.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99
ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X79%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that board along with a link on there to the latest bios update

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 - $34.99 after $15.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R3 120mm Sleeve with 6 Heat Pipes Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler (LGA 2011 Version)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $359.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q2-64GBZL

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10Q-32GAO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
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August 29, 2012 12:47:51 AM

Thanks for the info. I'm looking into those links.


64gigs of ram won't make much difference? Anyone else agree with that?
Why won't 64gig of ram make much of a difference.


This computer is for professional use, should be able handle 4k + footage with ease.
I understand I could easily go over $2000 on this.

PROGRAMS :
-Maya
-3DS Max
-Houdini
-Cinema4d
-Poser
-Vue
-Zbrush
-Real flow
-Adobe suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop etc)
-Autodesk Smoke
-Compositing software (Nuke, After Effects etc)

Those links supplied still cover the above?

Thank you.
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August 29, 2012 12:54:06 AM

Hey buddy, check out my signature builds, pick one you like so we can tweak it in order to fit your needs!
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August 30, 2012 12:29:00 AM

All these apps have been available for years. Most of them will run happily in 4GB of RAM. Being able to put 64GB of RAM in a desktop machine is a relatively new thing. I would think very few of the apps are going to make good use of 64GB.

For example here are some stats from Adobe.
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/734343
The sweet spot seems to be around 2GB per CPU core.

No harm in getting a motherboard with 8 RAM slots however (rather than 4 slots). Then it is an easy upgrade to add more RAM. On the other hand, RAM is cheap wouldn't cost too much to drop 64GB in it. But you'll notice the performance improvement of a good SSD more than you'll notice better performance from an additional 16GB of RAM.
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September 8, 2012 12:43:12 AM

Best answer selected by Asiel.
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