So, in Denmark we have this thing where your parents give you your "child-savings" when you're 21, and being 21 is not far from now. I would like to invest in a workstation I can have for years and hopefully earn my money back on. I do 3D and animation, and it's often very demanding for the computer.
Approximate Purchase Date:[/u][/b] e.g.: Sometime between this summer and next summer, depending on when I find a computer I would like to invest in. I need to be sure before spending all my savings.
Budget Range: I will have about $6.000, but I will save up and spend a bit more to get a better performance since it's so vital for my workflow.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy 3D work, Heavy After Effects projects, a lot of rendering and other than that just basic stuff like Photoshop, Illustrator and my home financing.
Are you buying a monitor: I have a 27" iMac, so I would love it if I could just use the screen (connect it with a thunderbolt).
Parts to Upgrade: I will be building a whole new computer.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, unless I can use my Apple OSX which I wouldn't mind.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I know nothing about building computers therefor I know of no sites.
Location: Aalborg, Nordjylland, Denmark. I can usually ship stuff with no problem thou.
Parts Preferences: As long as it's fast and I can have it for years.
SLI or Crossfire: As long as it can take heavy 3D projects and a bit of video editing. I don't game, at all.
Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1920x1200 atm, I might buy a 4K monitor if I have the money but for now the computer is the priority. My current monitor is fine.
Additional Comments: Software: Maya, 3DSMax, Mudbox, After Effcts and other Adobe programs. I would like my computer to be somewhat silent and have a good ventilation system since I will be using it 20 hours in a row some days. Don't want it to overheat. The looks are redundant, I will be looking at the screen anyway.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I now have a 5 year old iMac, and even thou it still works just fine for most stuff (so far) it's getting a bit slow when dealing with over a billion polygons in Mudbox and such.
I hope you can help and that I asked the right way
Follows is a system configuration intended for high performance in > 3D modeling, animation, rendering, video processing / editing. The first choice for CPU is the fantastic Xeon E5-2687W V2 , but there are a couple of options for the CPU as my expectation is that prices in Denmark will possibly make this system very expensive, perhaps as much as 5000 Eu. The best CPU for cost to performance ratio by far is the E5-1650 V2 six core for $580, but these are difficult to buy, so the more common E5-1660 V2 (which is also faster ) is listed as well, but is more than twice as expensive. I am not certain about connectivity with you current monitor, but if it has DisplayPort it should be functional with the Quadro K5000.
CPU > Intel Xeon E5-2687W v2 Ivy Bridge-EP 3.4 / 4.0GHz 25MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 150W 8-Core Server Processor BX80635E52687V2 > $2,200 ( One of the highest performing CPU's of any type and 8-core, which is an advantage in complex rendering. The very best system for your use would use a pair of these. As this processor is very expensive, CPU options are included that will have still very high performance but with 6-cores. It is possible to build an LGA2011 system and in two or three years replace the CPU with a 10 or even 12 core.)
CPU Cooler > CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW) High Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm > $65 (Intel requires a liquid cooler for the 150W E5-2687W V2 but I believe it is advisable for any system with a 130w CPU that will doing intensive rendering and/or processing such as animation, video processing / editing.)
Graphics Card> NVIDIA / PNY VCQK5000-PB NVIDIA Quadro K5000 4GB256-bit PCI Express 2.0 x 16 HDCP Ready Workstation video card > $1,800 (Adobe, Autodesk, and Dessault (Solidworks/Catia) programs are CUDA accelerated and so will benefit from an NVIDIA card as compared to AMD. This Quadro is in my view, the best all-round workstation graphics card made. Excellent performance in both 2D and 3D. The 4GB memory makes it suitable for 3D modeling, animation, and video editing)