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January 18, 2013 2:23:08 AM

i'm planning on buying this build so I can earn a few bucks... or heap of dough. I'm also planning on making a lot of my friends pretty envious :na: 

i'm going to be using Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, cinema 4d, maya, 3dsMax, and a lot more programs.

Will I be able to run Starcraft II or Blacklight Retribution pretty well or will I need to buy a gaming card? If I use a gaming card and the quadro (on separate monitors) will that mess up the rendering?
I'll play games on one monitor and render on the other... will that work?

if I do end up getting a gaming card later what card should I get?

Is there anything I can change and still keep the price below $2500 AND still have the coolest parts? (the motherboard has bullets and a Gatling gun on it!)

Thanks!



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ybna
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($82.34 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang - XPower II XL ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($375.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY Quadro 4000 2GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2484.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 18, 2013 3:08:48 AM

First off I wouldn't spend $400 on a motherboard - even if you're going X79 you can get motherboards for $150 less that still work just as good.

Second - unless you're setting up a RAM disk you don't need 64GB of RAM - you could cut that in 1/2 and save some money there.

The Quaddro 4000 will work good in rendering applications and CS5 - but for games not so much.
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January 18, 2013 3:35:21 AM

g-unit1111 said:
First off I wouldn't spend $400 on a motherboard - even if you're going X79 you can get motherboards for $150 less that still work just as good.

Second - unless you're setting up a RAM disk you don't need 64GB of RAM - you could cut that in 1/2 and save some money there.

The Quaddro 4000 will work good in rendering applications and CS5 - but for games not so much.



THanks for the information, will I destroy the Quadro in any way if i do use it for games?
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January 18, 2013 3:37:18 AM

g-unit1111 said:
First off I wouldn't spend $400 on a motherboard - even if you're going X79 you can get motherboards for $150 less that still work just as good.

Second - unless you're setting up a RAM disk you don't need 64GB of RAM - you could cut that in 1/2 and save some money there.

The Quaddro 4000 will work good in rendering applications and CS5 - but for games not so much.



THanks for the information, will I destroy the Quadro in any way if i do use it for games?
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January 18, 2013 3:43:53 AM

Not like gaming with the Quadro will damage it, just that it will give horrible performance. A card like that is designed for computing performance, not graphical ability like a mainstream card.
Its like a tractor to a race car, completely different purposes. If you tried to get either to do the others job it wouldn't do so well.

Might want to research if its possible to run a mainstream and workstation card in the same rig, I suspect you can but I dont know.

I would follow what G.Unit said, halve the RAM and get a cheaper mobo. That should get you ~$300 you could spend on a 7950 or 660Ti so you can game.
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January 18, 2013 3:47:04 AM

Quadros, and FirePros will play games and some of them well. I have tested COD MW3 on the Quadro 2000 and the FirePro v5900 and it ran fine. The Quadros are faster at 3D pro software, but in Blender, Adobe apps and games you are better off with a 500 series GTX gpu. I have not personally tested the 600 series, but in CUDA software and rendering, the 500 series is faster as far as I have seen on the net. For my main workstation I went with a 570GTX as it was the fastest CUDA card I could afford that could game well at 1080P too. Remember though, you can only run two monitors off of the 500s and the 600s/Quadros will run 3 or more.
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January 18, 2013 3:53:53 AM

ok thank you all, I'll do a little more reading
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