I’m planning to attempt a self-build for running Revit and Maya on 64-bit Windows 7, and I’d be grateful if anyone can offer some feedback on my proposed setup. I don’t know much about components, so the spec below is just what I’ve gleaned from browsing recent forums and reading technical reviews over the last week.
Specifically, I’d be grateful for any advice on what’s better for Maya, 3D Studio Max, Revit etc as opposed to gaming. Here goes-
Approximate Purchase Date: next few weeks
Budget Range: £1000-1500 (GBP) but no frills
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D design & rendering, Office, Internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse,speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: UK based
Country of Origin: UK
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia graphics (from what I've read).
Overclocking: probably at some point
SLI or Crossfire: probably not needed as far as I understand
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Smooth orbiting on models is more a priority than killer rendering times
ivy bridge isn't going to be until 2012, though sandy bridge-e will soon be released. Since this isn't going to be for gaming, and rather programs that will benefit from hyperthreading and more cores, i'd wait for them to come out. you may want to get the highest end bulldozer (I never remember the product numbers), which has 8 cores.
So i'd advise wait until new ones come out, and then decide.
The i7 2600k equivalent (which seems to be the i7 3830k) is expected to be around $580, which is quite a hike from the price of the 2699k and is realistically out of my price range .. I have to draw the line somewhere!
Anyway, there seem to be quite a few things happening on the CPU front at the moment so maybe it's a good idea to just wait a while as you say.