$4,000+ Video Editing Workstation

I am putting together a workstation for video editing, and 3d design. I use Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, and 3DS MAX. This is what I have so far:

Cooler Master ATX Full Tower Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119252
ASUS Z9PE-D16/2L Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131861
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (unfortunately Revo drives are not supported by the MOBO)
Ultra X4 Modular 1200 watt power supply

Things I have planned to purchase in the next couple weeks:

Intel Xeon E5-2650 8 core processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819117266
I am going to start off with one processor, then eventually add the second.

I have not decided on the RAM. I do know that I want 32GB-64GB right off the bat. What I am not sure about is if I need server memory, or if desktop memory would work.

The video card I want to get is the GeForce GTX 690. I have been kicking around the Quadro 4000, or the 690. The 690 is a new card, and has 3072 CUDA cores and 4GB RAM. The Quadro 4000 only has 256 CUDA cores and 2GB RAM. The other idea is the Quadro K5000 with only 1536 CUDA cores with 4GB RAM. The Quadro K5000 is $800 more than the 690.

That is where I am at. I have a guy who builds servers that is going to put it all together for me, but he is not sure what I should get for video editing. If anyone could give some opinions I would be truly thankful.

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  1. kind of feel like you should go with an i7 instead of getting 2x Xeon processors.

    Also another option for GPU is ATI firepro, which is great for the money
  2. What advantages are there with the i7 over Xeon? I have heard 2X xeon is the way to go. As far as the GPU i have heard that nvidia is better than ati for video editing.
  3. http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?p=4358660

    xeons are about the same performance as i5s/i7s(1155) in workstations, i7(2011) will give you a much better performance in workstations(not to mention Xeons can be priced fairly high even for 2 of them and getting separate cooling can be a pain)
  4. Xeons are great, but you've picked an 8 core 2Ghz. Since video encoding is going to slam all cores, having 8 2Ghz cores, is about like having Four 4Ghz cores. Your $1100 processor is only going to be about 10-20% faster than a $300 i7 or Xeon e3-1275

    The problem is that you need an e5-2000 series to do dual processor. If you were to give up the dual CPU requirement, then you could get a single processor e5-1660 which gives you 6 3.3Ghz cores. That will give you 25% more power off the bat for the same price. However dual 2560s will be about 60% faster than a single i5-1660.

    I'd look at a dual opteron 6300 or 4300 system, honestly. Once you start talking that many cores and multi-CPU, Intel gets too expensive, too fast.
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