Building a Graphics Workstation: Advice anyone?

I want to build a graphics workstation for running Revit and Solidworks, plus Photoshop, Premiere, and 3dsMax. I've built a number of fairly high performance machines over the last fifteen years, but my current machine is almost 6 years old, running WinXP64. The tech is so different now that I've really had to study hard to make sense of it. I'm reusing my case, PS and some drives. I am willing to spend up to $2500, but hope to spend less if I can. Here is roughly what I hope to build :

Good quality, stable board with some OC ability
Quaddro 4000 graphics card.
Core i7 processor
As much RAM as I can afford.
200 or 500 Gb SSD.
Windows 7 Pro

Questions:

How important is memory size and bandwidth for my applications? Is there a practical optimum limit to what's required
MB: Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge? Option 1:

For Example:
Asus P9X79 Pro LGA 2011 Motherboard ($300)
Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2 gHz (3.8 Turbo) 6-core Processor ($570)
or
Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6 GHz (3.8 turbo) Quad-core Processor ($300)
This would allow a max of 64GB, 4-channel RAM. Can I accomplish my goal with a cheaper board? Is a premium board going to be more reliable than a lower level board?

I imagine that the other option is to go with z77 LGA1155 solution. But which MB? Any suggestions? What features make a good Workstation board?

Processor: Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz turbo) Quad-core Processor ($350)? This would limit me to 32 GB, 2-channel RAM.

I've read that the Sandy Bridge processors, run cooler with Over Clocking, but make more heat, suck more juice. I get the impression that too much RAM is never enough in a graphics WS. Would it be going overboard to use 64GB 4-channel RAM for these Apps? Or even 32 Gb?

I have lots of further questions, but they will depend on what I learn here first.
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  1. My suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($82.30 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($228.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($165.59 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($165.59 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: PNY Quadro 4000 2GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $2423.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    You can ditch the psu if you have a good one, since you have a case i didn't include one.
    There's also a good workstation card from amd : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ati-video-card-100505647
  2. Wow. Thanks for your response.

    Aside from the lower cost, what qualities recommend the ASRock Motherboard over the Gigabite? Is maximum memory valuable here, or could I make do just as well with less?
  3. not bad heres my take:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AFu0
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AFu0/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AFu0/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L12 37.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 64GB (8 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.93 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $2176.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 12:33 EST-0500)

    Base Total: $2266.81
    Combo Discounts: -$20.00
    Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
    Shipping: $8.50
    Total: $2235.31
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