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.
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)
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.