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September 12, 2012 12:20:13 AM

Hello, I'm trying to build a 3dsmax workstation, Reading through the requirements, I'm looking for a Quad core (possibly Ivy) i7 build--

I ran into the issues with mother board, h77, and a Z77...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($134) My favorite one from limited research, I found a mother board 189 price range but it didn't have turbo boost tech 2.0 (Is it a game changer?)

all 3 support 32 gb- But i'm looking into getting 2x8 = 16 then later on maybe doubling it..

On the AS rock z77 motherboard NEWegg offer a 2x4 = 8gb ram, Can I run that with 2 x 8 = 16gb + (2x4 = 8)

Ps. I wouldn't mind a build that only supported 16 total, If its cost effective and power cut off at a decent line.

Ivy Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... **I noticed its hyper threading supported, Is this better than dual thread?

(I cannot go lower than quad core, Is i7 the only way to go? i feel strongly on ivey, but is it really that much better?)


VIdeo CARDS!!!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Um I realizd that most 1 Gig Video cards run at 184, and 2 gigs run at 245, Is the $300 Jump worth amping up to+1 gig and the mb interface...

I'm gratefull for any expert help, personal email is lif.mikhail<at>gmail.com


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September 12, 2012 12:24:23 AM


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PNY Quadro 4000 VCQ4000-PB Workstation Video Card
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Case needs to be inculded + monitores, + drawing tablet = broke broke broke
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September 12, 2012 12:38:33 AM

Just tell iDroid your budget and he will make the best PC he can :D 
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September 12, 2012 11:59:49 AM

Definitely go with a hyper threading CPU if you are using 3ds 2011SP3 or higher
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/133121-maximized-p...
though some say HT slows some things down, it would be good to have the option anyway as you can always turn it off in the Bios.

for the money the i7 3770k is the way to go for a low cost single CPU rendering machine. If you had an large budget then I would say dual cpu and the Xeon E series or a single i7 3960X depending on budget and expectations.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5771/the-intel-ivy-bridge...

for the GPU, I would go with the nVidia for the cuda rendering acceleration. even if you aren't going to do CUDA acceleration I would still lean toward the Quadro 4000 its a solid card in all bench marks. the only AMD cards to beat it cost twice as much.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/firepro-w8000-w9000...
http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro-3ds-max.html
http://www.cadforum.cz/cadforum_en/how-to-use-cuda-gpu-...

also consider a boot/apps SSD (128GB to 256) and a separate HDD array or SSD for work projects. 2 of the new WD raptors or an SSD would be ideal with a large HDD for backups. I would look for MB that has dual storage controllers on it. usually a intel matrix and a marvell controller. use one for your boot/apps drive and the other for a raid 0 work drive.

staring with 2x8GB of Ram is a good idea with the ability to add another 2x8GB.






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September 12, 2012 12:09:55 PM

jerreddredd said:

for the money the i7 3770k is the way to go for a low cost single CPU rendering machine. If you had an large budget then I would say dual cpu and the Xeon E series or a single i7 3960X depending on budget and expectations.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5771/the-intel-ivy-bridge...

for the GPU, I would go with the nVidia for the cuda rendering acceleration. even if you aren't going to do CUDA acceleration I would still lean toward the Quadro 4000 its a solid card in all bench marks. the only AMD cards to beat it cost twice as much.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/firepro-w8000-w9000...
http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro-3ds-max.html
http://www.cadforum.cz/cadforum_en/how-to-use-cuda-gpu-...

also consider a boot/apps SSD (128GB to 256) and a separate HDD array or SSD for work projects. 2 of the new WD raptors or an SSD would be ideal with a large HDD for backups. I would look for MB that has dual storage controllers on it. usually a intel matrix and a marvell controller. use one for your boot/apps drive and the other for a raid 0 work drive.

staring with 2x8GB of Ram is a good idea with the ability to add another 2x8GB.


*Why would you get a 3960x when the 3930k offers you 99% the performance for half the cost?

*if he is using OpenCL then he should forget about a Nvidia card and get an AMD one.

*Raptors drive are useless.
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September 12, 2012 12:55:57 PM

idroid said:
*Why would you get a 3960x when the 3930k offers you 99% the performance for half the cost?


my recommendation was for a i7 3770K. The 3960x was just thrown in as an expensive alternative along with Xeon-E series CPU's.

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*if he is using OpenCL then he should forget about a Nvidia card and get an AMD one.


I wasn't talking about OpenCL, the OP said 3dsmax workstation.

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*Raptors drive are useless.

opinion not fact. the new 1tb raptors perform quite well in raid 0 for a work array. I prefer a SSD as they are much faster, but some doubt the durability due to wear (writes) of the SSD when used as a work drive.
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September 14, 2012 3:29:44 PM

idroid said:
Just tell iDroid your budget and he will make the best PC he can :D 



around 2k If its really worth it $800 can be added.
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September 14, 2012 3:35:52 PM

thnks jerrarrdd (uh ya got your name) I like the links you threw my way...

Um someone was telling me about opencl, but can't it be used with the quadro?
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September 14, 2012 6:34:15 PM

comrade420 said:
thnks jerrarrdd (uh ya got your name) I like the links you threw my way...

Um someone was telling me about opencl, but can't it be used with the quadro?


it can.

this shows the new W8000/9000 AMD cards stack up against Quadro's (to put things into perspective - the quadro 4000 is about $750 and the W8000 is $1500)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/firepro-w8000-w9000...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/firepro-w8000-w9000...


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September 16, 2012 7:02:34 PM

idroid said:
Just tell iDroid your budget and he will make the best PC he can :D 



can you build one varying from 1,500 - 2,300?
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September 16, 2012 7:12:31 PM

comrade420 said:
can you build one varying from 1,500 - 2,300?


Working on it!
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September 16, 2012 7:32:27 PM

Ohh... this is odd, 3DSmax supports OpenCL and DX10 rendering!! that means you can use a gaming GPU like the 7970 which is on pair with the W9000!!!



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CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($545.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($82.74 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($238.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.00 @ B&H)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($427.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
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September 25, 2012 2:12:32 AM

Thanks irodin,

uh worst name memory ever: idroid

Awesome price find on the 2 tb seagate hardrive!!
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