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  09 September 2012
Time for a new machine - design viz

Well, it's time for me to actually build a new machine for myself and I would appreciate some insight as I've been out of the available hardware/tech channels for a while.

I'll primarily be using almost all of the Autodesk Suites with emphasis on Revit and 3DS Max. I'll be getting into rendering with Maxwell, VRay, and some GPU-focused renders in the future too.

My thoughts thus far:

  • Socket 2011 (is there a new processor, post ivy bridge, that is coming out soon? If so, I may wait, if the wait is worth it)
  • mobo that supports 3+ GPU's (At least 2 but most already do)
  • at least 32 gigs of ram
  • PSU to provide quality power (1000+ Watts)

  • HD's: small SSD to use SRT tech from 2011 chipset and 2 - 7.2k, 1tb drives in RAID 0 for working files backed up to another 2+tb storage drive.
  • GFX - GTX 660ti or better (like the 660ti - 3gb)

  • case - rosewill thor
  • CPU cooling - H100 water cooling kit
I need input on the cpu/motherboard combo. I will be overclocking but would like to keep the total price to under $2k.

Thoughts? Thanks for your time guys!
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