Time to build a new WorkStation. My primary uses will include photo editing with Lightroom and Photoshop, three D graphics using Three D studio Max, Maya and Mud Box, HD video editing using Premier and After Affects and some Web Design. I seldom run games. I'm running two Dell U2410's.
I have picked the MSI motherboard due to its support for 128gb ram, superior auido and other high end features. The second for its rep for solid value/performance. Opinions.
I am uncertain about ssd Raid0, some say it really helps performance, others say it makes for good benchmarks without real world improvement.
Finally, I would like some advice on video cards. I prefer nVidia to ATI, but I'm not sure which chip to go for. The six fifties are cheaper, but the 660 provides more CUDA cores. I'm not sure about the difference between TI versions and non TI versions.
Any advice is appreciated. Thank you for your expertise.
The motherboards and processor are incompatible. Those are LGA2011 boards and a LGA1155 chip. Both need to be the same.
SSD's are not that great. Go for a Samsung 830 or OCZ Vertex4. I dont think you will find any real benefit of RAID0'ing two SSD's. The money could be better spent getting a HDD/s for mass storage, which your workstation rig is currently lacking quite badly.
GPU can be entirely skipped if its just a workstation rig. Both are not very powerful gaming wise, not sure about their CUDA performance. An AMD card may be a better option due to superior OpenCL and GPGPU performance, if your application can use it.
The Ti on the end of some cards basically means its just a new card, not a modification to the non-Ti model. Suspect they did it for naming reasons, otherwise they would have too many numbers to fit the current scheme, so they added letters instead.
Rosewill hive and capstone are better psu's.
Go with the 660. Better card.
You can get the non K 3770 if you're not overclocking,and a z77 board. Otherwise you want low profile ram like gskill Ares,Sniper.
Raiding SSD's adds nothing, get one larger capacity one. I'd also switch the brand to Samsung, Crucial,Corsair, or Mushkin.
Thx for all the advice. I have adjusted my build as per advice and made a new post in new builds following the t's HW build post guidelines. There is no reason to continue this post because the system is unworkable.