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
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:
Asus P9X79 Pro LGA 2011 Motherboard ($300)
Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2 gHz (3.8 Turbo) 6-core Processor ($570)
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.