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[£5000~£6000] Workstation – 3D Modelling, Multimedia & Gamming

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January 28, 2012 5:50:46 AM

Purchase Date: May 20th 2012
Budget Range: £5500 ~ £6000

System Usage: 3D Prototyping & Modelling (Large Scale + Visual Only), Photoshop & Photography, Programming & Gamming.
(Home Build)

Preferred Website (Parts): Scan.co.uk & Amazon.co.uk

Assembled: UK (Scotland)

Parts Preferences: Exclude OCZ (ALL), Nvidia (ALL) & AMD Processor Only

Comments: I am currently working on my new build for University & Work outside University. For now, I am currently looking at the market to arrange a stable build for heavy-duty rendering, visual design and for playing games. Also, to resolve Firepro & HD Radeon, I will buy one HDMI switch, three HDMI cables and connect them to a single monitor. So, when I have time, I will switch to ATi Radeon HD and use it for playing games, browsing the NET and programming. But, when it comes to rendering and modelling stuff, I will revert back (HDMI switch) to Firepro GPU.

ATi Radeon = Legacy (INF driver install)
ATi Firepro = Full Catalyst Install

For those who think that I am crazy, then let me tell you this: my bedroom is SMALL! I cannot dump a workstation & gamming system sitting in ‘Student Accommodation’… I wish I could… Sigh…

Here is my current specification. But, please don’t hesitate to modify it and recommend something else. However, please don’t blow my budget limit...

Thank you!

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Monitor (LED)
23" Asus PA238Q Pro Art LED Monitor (HDMI)

CPU Processor
Intel® Core i7-3930K @ 3.20GHz (LGA-2011 ~6 Core)

Windows OS System
Windows 7 Professional OEM (64-Bit)

Memory
2x Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A Black (16GB x 2)
Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004E0ZKLQ/ref=s9_si...

2x Corsair CML16GX3M4A1600C9 Black (16GB x 2)
Link: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/16gb-%284x4gb%29-corsair...

- Have another brand which is compatible with the below motherboard?
Be creative and surprise me!

Motherboard
Asus Rampage IV Extreme - X79 Series (Extended ATX)
Asus P9X79 PRO (Extended ATX)
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 (Extended ATX)

ATx Tower (Workstation Tower)
Antec DF-85 Series - Full Tower
Lian Li PC-P80N Armorsuit - Full Tower

Video Card - Primary (GPU 01)
Ati Firepro v8800 Series (2GB / GDDR5 / HDMI)
Link: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-ati-firepro-v8800-pc...

Video Card - Secondary (GPU 02)
Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual Fan (2GB / GDDR5 / HDMI)
Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-6970-GDDR5-Graphics-Ca...

CPU Heatsink
Antec KUHLER H2O 620 (LIQUID Cooling)
Antec KUHLER H2O 920 (LIQUID Cooling)

1st Hard Drive & 2nd Hard Drive
2 x Crucial M4 - 2.5" 256GB SATA (2.5" SSD)

2 x Kingston V100 - 2.5" 256GB (2.5" SSD)
Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-256GB-SATA2-2-5inch-Dr...

Power Supply Unit (PSU)
Antec 900W High Current (80 PLUS Bronze Edition)
- Any other compatible module?

Optical Devices
ASUS BC-12B1LT 12x BD Combo Drive
LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM Combo Drive (ihes112-04)

Card Reader
Sweex Internal CARD Reader
Icy Box IB-864 Front Panel

Sound Card
Asus Xonar D1 (PCI 7.1)
a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2012 6:22:55 AM

wow! that' a huge budget.i would suggest these changes in your selection-
this RAM is reliable and top class-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/16gb-(4x4gb)-corsair-vengeance-jet-black-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-27-xmp-15v-x79-z68-and-p
asus is a reputed brand.rampage mobos are insanely expensive and have useless features(4-way sli and all)go with this,it's one of the best-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-rampage-iv-formula-...(x16)-a
Armour suit is a dream case but i see no solid reason for spending so much on it instead of DF-85.go with antec.it's a top notch too.
unfortunately you can not mix two different cards(i know 5850 and 5870 is possible and so on...)but a gaming carrd with a workstation is not possible.i would suggest going with 7970 as it is latest card and supports many features that can help you in photoshop and all.if you want to game than HD 7970 otherwise a good workstation card.here's some advice-
HD7970-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-xfx-radeon-hd-7970-d...
OR
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-amd-firepro-v7900-pc...(x16)-256bit-gddr5-4x-displayport-retail
Closed cooling is waste IMO.go with a high end air cooler.one is here-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/thermalright-silver-arro...
that's a good psu but it's not modular(if i remember properly).this one is a good alternative-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-xfx-xxx-p1-850b-ukb...
onboard sound is enough unless you have $400 speakers!
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January 28, 2012 6:55:51 AM

Woah to you aswell! O.o

1.] I couldn't find that memory and motherboard! Thanks a bunch for that!!
I will write that down for future reference...

2.] I know that you can't mix Ati Radeon & Firepro. But, I know how to solve this issue by installing Firepro Catalyst and Ati Radeon afterwards through "My Computer >> Manage >> Device Manager".

3.] I heard that many user has problems with Firepro 7900 series. It sometime crash 3DS Max & Inventor... *Shrug*

P.s. Do you or anybody else recommend MSI HD 6870 Twin Frozr II? Does that have good cooling / ventilation at high - load?
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January 29, 2012 5:57:15 PM

Hi everyone,

I am thinking about this build. However, I am NOT sure about the memory... is it compatible with the motherboard.

If everybody vote for this build, then I will stick with this build. That means, there will be no more changes!

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Monitor (LED)
23" Asus PA238Q Pro Art LED Monitor (HDMI)

CPU Processor
Intel® Core i7-3930K @ 3.20GHz (LGA-2011 ~6 Core)

Windows OS System
Windows 7 Professional OEM (64-Bit)

Memory
Corsair Vengeance - LP (8 x 4GB) CML8GX3M2A1600C9
Link: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-...

Corsair Dominator (8 x 4GB) CMP8GX3M2A1600C9
Link: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-...

Motherboard
Asus Rampage IV Extreme - X79 Series (Extended ATX)

ATx Tower (Workstation Tower)
Lian Li PC-P80N Armorsuit - Full Tower

Video Card - Primary (GPU 01)
Ati Firepro v8800 Series (2GB / GDDR5 / HDMI)
Link: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb [...] ort-retail

Video Card - Secondary (GPU 02)
Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual Fan (2GB / GDDR5 / HDMI)
Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-6 [...] 989&sr=8-3

CPU Heatsink
Antec KUHLER H2O 620 (LIQUID Cooling)

1st Hard Drive & 2nd Hard Drive
Crucial M4 - 256GB SATA (2.5" SSD)

Power Supply Unit (PSU)
XFX 1050W Black Edition Pro (80 Plus Gold Edition)

Optical Devices
ASUS BC-12B1LT 12x BD Combo Drive
LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM Combo Drive (ihes112-04)

Card Reader
External USB Card READER

Sound Card
Asus Xonar D1 (PCI 7.1)
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 30, 2012 2:21:07 AM

that mobo is very expensive and is full of unnecessary features,i don't prefer e-atx size.this one is a better choice-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-rampage-iv-formula-...(x16)-a
get this ram-http://www.scan.co.uk/products/16gb-(4x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-lp-jet-black-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v
that cooler is crap.this is a good one with lga2011-
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/noctua-nh-d14-2011-dual-...
psu is top notch.i don't know why you are getting a sound card but if you want it's personal preference,my recommendation is no.
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January 30, 2012 10:58:23 AM

i heard that mounting kits for LGA2011 are pain in the butt to install.i never heard of any breaking of mobo with that cooler.google it,it's one of the best air coolers at the moment.
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