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  06 June 2012
Question Going to be building a workstation. Please help!

hello all,

i'm going to be building a workstation soonish. hopefully by the end of next month.

the computer i have now isn't powerful enough to run the programs i use (Maya 2010, Zbrush 3.5 R3, Photoshop CS4 Extended and Illustrator CS5), so i've decided to build my own.

i was wondering if anyone might be able to tell me if the equipment i've picked out to buy will be sufficient for what i use. if there's anything that anyone feels should be replaced with something else, please let me know.

my budget for this is currently $2000-$2200.

this is what i have selected so far:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16811129087 (Purchased)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16817371052 (Purchased)

the case and power supply have already been purchased, since they were on sale last week.

if i've missed anything, please let me know so i can add it to the list.

thanks in advance for any help
  06 June 2012
can't do wrong with Intel, my older i7920 is still alive and kicking hard. They offer nice over lock options, except heard the latest 3rd Gen don't of well. for example got my older chip running at 4ghz (3.97...) and added 24gb or ram.

As far as video goes for your apps I'd go and radeon if you don't plan on procards. I have a 5850 and it runs Maya flawlessly.
CK Pinson
  06 June 2012
you're going to have a hard time trying to fit that socket 2011 3930k cpu into a socket 1155 motherboard. Might try looking into an Asus sabertooth x79 or similar

I'd personally choose a Noctua NH-D14 cooler over water cooling like the corsair H80 - less chance of a water pump failing and your system being out for the count - which can happen during extended unattended rendering sessions.

If you did decide to go with the noctua cooler, instead of going with the corsair vengeance memory, I'd go with corsair dominator. This way you can easily remove the heatfins without having to use a hair dryer to remove the vengeance heatsinks and then have to scrape off glue in order to have them clear the heatsink.

Last edited by sentry66 : 06 June 2012 at 03:46 AM.
  06 June 2012
LMAO- I didn't even bother going to all his links- I agree with sentry- either choose a closed circuit liquid coolant system or choose an air one!
CK Pinson
  06 June 2012
i fully admit that i don't know too much about pc hardware, but am more than willing to learn. i know how to build a computer, but i wouldn't be able to tell anyone all the ins and outs of every individual piece.

one day i'll know what to do without asking for assistance.

anyway, i switched out a few things, so here's what i have added:


as for the video card i chose, i heard it was a fairly good one for maya and zbrush, and is within my budget. i might be able to get a quadro 4000, if i hold off building this till the end of next month, but if anyone has a suggestion on what card would be best for me, please post it

if there's anymore info anyone can give me, or anything else that i should replace, please let me know.

thanks again for the help.
  06 June 2012
Like I said- the ATI cards work good in all the apps you've mentioned=- cost a ton less than quadros and not to mention perform better playing videos and games- so it is the ALL-AROUND best choice if you ever plan to use this machine for more than CG stuff- I trialed Mari and have to say even that performs as it should on the unsupported ATI card.
CK Pinson
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