Help to a 3D and animation workstation build.

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: 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.

Overclocking: No.

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 ;)
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  1. Because PCPartpicker doesn't have too many workstation-related things, im just going to link you directly. All prices are in USD, without any shipping or taxes.

    Intel Xeon E5 2687W cpu - $1,890
    MSI Big Bang xPower ii - $365
    64gb RAM by Corsair - $939
    Current price is $3194
    AMD FirePro W8000 GPU - $1,399
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $34
    EVGA 1500w psu - $449
    Current price is $5076
    Western Digital 4TB hard drive - $181
    Samsung 256gb SSD - $199
    Total price, in USD, without shipping or taxes - $5456

    I went with the low end cooler, just because you said that you won't be OC'ing. You could even *cringe* keep the stock cooler if you don't plan on OC'ing.
  2. Hilsner og hilsener til WatsonG's >

    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.

    BambiBoom PixelCannon Cadarenderanimatigrapharific iWork TurboSignature Extreme ModelBlast 6000 ®©$$™®£™©™_ 1.21.14

    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 OPTION 2> Intel Xeon Processor E5-1660 v2 CPU - 6-core, LGA2011 Socket, 3.7 / 4.0GHz, 15 MB Cache - BX80635E51660V2 > $1,234.


    CPU OPTION 3 > Intel Xeon E5-1650 v2 6-Core Processor 3.5 / 3.9 GHz 0GT/s 12MB LGA 2011 CPU, OEM > $580 (This is by far the best cost /performance ratio Xeon)


    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.)


    Motherboard> ASUS Z9PA-U8 ATX Server Motherboard, C602 chipset, LGA 2011 > $289.99


    RAM> 64GB ( 4 X 16GB) SAMSUNG 16GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1600 Server Memory Model M393B2G70BH0-CK008 > $760 ($190 ea.)


    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)


    Hard Drive 1> SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD512BW 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) > $470. (OS , Applications, Working Files)


    Hard Drive 2> Western Digital 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive, Black, WD2003FZEX (RAID 1) > $168 (Files, Backup, System Image)

    Hard Drive 3> Western Digital 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive, Black, WD2003FZEX (RAID 1) > $168 (Files, Backup, System Image)


    Case> Corsair Obsidian Series 900D CC-9011022-WW Black Aluminum ATX Super Tower Computer Case $349.99


    Power Supply > CORSAIR RM Series RM1000 1000W ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply $200.


    DVD/Blu-Ray Burner> ASUS Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-16D1HT > $109.99


    Operating system > Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM > $140

    TOTAL = $6,721 with E5-2687W V2
    TOTAL = $5,725 with E5-1660 V2
    TOTAL = $5,101 with E5-1650 V2


    If all these options are too expensive >

    GPU >OPTION 2 > NVIDIA Quadro K4000 VCQK4000-PB 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card > $800 (-$1,000)

    RAM > Build initially with 32GB and add RAM later > $380 (-$380)

    Case > LIAN LI PC-A75 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case > $170 (-$180)


    Total Potential Cost Reduction > $1,550

    Børnene i min niece lever i meget smukke København.



    HP z420 (2013) > Xeon E5-1620 quad core @ 3.6 / 3.8GHz > 24GB ECC 1600 RAM > Quadro 4000 (2Gb)> Samsung 840 SSD 250GB /Western Digital WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > AE3000 USB WiFi // HP 2711X, 27" 1920 X 1080 // Windows 7 Ultimate 64 > AutoCad, Revit, Sketchbook, 3DS Max, Inventor Pro, Solidworks, Adobe CS MC, Corel Technical Design Sketchup Pro, WordP Office, MS Office Pro [Passmark System Rating = 3815, 2D= 760 / 3D=2044]

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