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High-End Motion Graphics Workstation Round 2

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January 25, 2013 9:08:57 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: $4,000 - $5,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Cinema 4D, Adobe Suite

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is my 2nd go at designing a high-end motion graphics workstation. You can see the first draft design of a system with twice the amount of cores, but lower operating frequency, in my last thread. To refresh, I will mostly be using Cinema 4D and the Adobe Suite and I would like to use windows 8 with a touch-screen monitor. Also, please keep in mind this is my first build.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 150W Six-Core Desktop Processor
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
Graphics Card: AMD 100 - 505634 FirePro W7000 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFire Supported Workstation Video Card
Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001RD Red White Finish w/Red Trim Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
RAM: 2 x G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10Q-32GTX
Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
OS Drive: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Media Drives (Raid 1): 2 x Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Blu-Ray Drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM
Monitor: PLANAR PXL2430MW (997-6399-00) Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlit Multi-Touch Widescreen LCD Monitor

Current Total: $4,135.88

If you get a minute, check out my last thread and tell me which do you think will have faster renders in Cinema 4D.

January 25, 2013 10:56:10 AM

well it doesnt look exactly like a high end workstation. heres why

-xtreme edition CPU (which doesnt perform a jack better than the regular)
-a ROG board when workstation or mainstream boards cost half as much and do the same job
-flashy case although that is subjective

also to note

-black drives are no better than the blue series or the seagates
-raid 0 on hard drives are almost pointless if you have SSDs
-the 840 pro does perform better than the 830 but the price difference and performance difference isnt exactly noticeable
-fast ram is pointless and tridents are huge

get this

and this quadro card. performs better in almost everything than the w7000. it sucks at double percision compute though.
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January 28, 2013 3:17:43 PM

Hey guys,

Is this a good set up for C4d and after effects?

2 x Xeon DP 5620 (4x2.4GHz) Quad Core 12MB CPU + Cooler
Intel Shady Cove Dual Processor Xeon Server Motherboard
2 x Quadro 2000 1GB 128bits DDR3 Workstation Cards In SLI
NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower Case Black
Corsair Professional PLATINUM AX1200i 80+ Fully Modular PSU
24GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333Mhz ECC Register RAM
Intel STS100C Combo Socket 1366 Heatsink & Fan
Corsair Force GT 120GB r: 555mb/s w: 515mb/s SSD
750GB Western Digital 7200RPM SATA3 6.0Gb/s HDD

Thanks for the help, first time at this and need it :) 
January 28, 2013 4:41:24 PM

-one 8 core CPU is most likely better than 2 4 cores. uses less power as well
-you cant run quadro cards on SLI without a quadro SLI board
-you dont need a full tower for a regular 2011 board like the one in my build
-you dont need half as much power as the psu can provide
-i dont see the point of ECC ram given i have never heard of a memory error in any of my rigs. its good for scientific computing if operations have to be 100% reliable
-if you are using 1366, you are 2-3 generations behind what sandy bridge can provide
-better ssds out there
-better hard drives out there
January 29, 2013 5:23:21 AM

Thank You! First useful help Ive got :) 

Is there a better setup you could suggest?