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Workstation Build (again...)
show user profile  9krausec
Hey guys. I'm looking for some tech geniuses to guide me on my workstation build!

I'm looking for a machine that will handle whatever I throw at it as my primary home workstation. Need something that will render quickly as well as perform in Maya/Zbrush/PS/AE well.

Not going to be for gaming at all.

Right now I'm just trying to figure out which would be more beneficial to go with, a Dual Xeon setup or a juiced up i7? I'm interested in dual xeons for the rendering horsepower, but I'm worried that the clock speed won't be sufficient unless I spend a bazillion dollars (I have a 6-7k budget on this since I'm buying a computer over a motorcycle or starting a Roth IRA). That being said I'm looking to find a happy medium between power and money spent.

So firstly, which would be more beneficial in an all around workstation? Dual xeons or a juiced up i7? I use Maya 2016 now, which from what I understand is multi-threaded?

What are your thoughts guys?

Edit: Right now I'm thinking about 2 "e5-2643 v3" processors. 6 cores each at 3.4 ghz...

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8/31/2015 2:59:16 AM (last edit: 8/31/2015 3:32:06 AM)
show user profile  ijzerman
I dont see any problems when you have 6x2x2 buckets at your disposal. I would get a gtx970 and a gazillion Gb's of ram and your good to go. Maybe watercooling?

Pushing buttons since "86
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8/31/2015 10:18:53 AM (last edit: 8/31/2015 10:18:53 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
We will see about the water cooling. At 1.5k a cpu I probably won't risk it. If the pump breaks you are skunked. First I need to find a Asus MB that supports DDR4.

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8/31/2015 2:27:53 PM (last edit: 8/31/2015 2:27:53 PM)
show user profile  ijzerman
Ah, like that. Yeah, a decent air cooler would be a better option then :)
I dont think getting a beefed up i7 would do much for your clockspeed compared to a xeon that already does 3.5 ghz. I dont know about xeon's and turbo's but the i7 goes from idle 3.5 to 3.9/4.0 ghz turbo.

Pushing buttons since "86
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8/31/2015 3:11:29 PM (last edit: 8/31/2015 3:11:29 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
K all. Back to the workstation. I've speced something out and I want a second pair of eyeballs if any of you want to give you two cents. Build comes in at just under 7k (build a computer every 2-3 years).

MB = Asus Z10PE-D8 WS

CPU = 2x Intel Xeon E5-2643 v3 (Not available on Newegg, I don't know why that would be?)

RAM = CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 64GB (8 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Memory Kit

VIDEO CARD = 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB

PSU = VGA 220-P2-1000-XR 80 PLUS Platinum 1000 W

SSD = 500GB


CASE = Fractal Design

CPU HEATSINKS = Air cooled Noctua (need to see if these will fit)

I'm open to suggestions or thoughts. Really I only do computer work these days and do not mind spending a large chunk of my savings on a workstation. Figured invest in myself (over buying a motorcycle... :( )

I can't seem to figure out if the ram will be compatible with the MB. It's not ECC and I don't know if that'll be an issue.

Edit: Running 3 24" 1920x1280 monitors and I want to make sure I have more than enough video juice with Maya/Vray. This workstation is going to be used in conjunction with the following software-

Maya 2016
Vray 3.1 (VrayRT as well)
Adobe Creative Suite
Some Solidworks (not much)
Microsoft Word

I'm going to use my old computer with an i7 Ivy running at 4ghz to be a slave in my poor man's render farm.

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9/26/2015 12:52:00 AM (last edit: 9/26/2015 1:08:36 AM)
show user profile  Sangre
Wouldn't it be more cheap if you bought a single 12-core processor instead of two 6-cores? You'd save some money on a motherboard and the cooling solutions.
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9/26/2015 9:23:12 AM (last edit: 9/26/2015 9:23:12 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
I love that you listed Microsoft Word as a software this computer will run... :)
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9/26/2015 2:32:13 PM (last edit: 9/26/2015 2:32:13 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
I'm looking at clock speed and turbo boost Sangre. Although I haven'tlooked hard (but I will now that you mention it), I would be surprised if there was a 12 core cpu with 3.5 ghz clock for less money than 2 6 cores. I will check though.

Edit: Checkled briefly and couldn't find anything Sangre.

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9/26/2015 3:57:47 PM (last edit: 9/26/2015 4:17:33 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
So going to switch out RAM with something else as corsiar isn't listed on the safe ram sheet of the Asus site. Any other final thoughts before I spend a lot of money not on beer?

Any thoughts. Bad idea? Good idea? Looking g for a beef cake computer that will get me through the next 3 years.

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9/29/2015 5:03:29 AM (last edit: 9/29/2015 5:04:01 AM)
show user profile  Sangre
Just get a motorcycle instead.
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9/29/2015 7:00:21 AM (last edit: 9/29/2015 7:00:21 AM)
show user profile  FX
Looks a mighty fine build, expensive but worth it.

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9/29/2015 8:37:12 AM (last edit: 9/29/2015 8:37:12 AM)
show user profile  Error404
Did you get your machine setup? I'm starting to look into building a dedicated work machine for home. Nothing super crazy, I'll probably keep it under $3k total (just for the tower and components, I'll be re-using my monitors on a KVM switch I guess, one computer for work, one computer for personal, under the same desk and monitors)

I'm WAY out of date on hardware, no clue what I'm looking for. Any suggestions for a decent processor, decent video card (GTX980?) I already know I want at least 64 gigs of ram (probably 128), and two SSDs. Suggestions for motherboard? -

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10/9/2015 11:03:11 PM (last edit: 10/9/2015 11:05:07 PM)
show user profile  joelr
Daniel im pretty sure you cant get more then 64gigs on a regular mobo.
If you want more you will need a workstation 2 CPU type mobo.
Also- these kvm dont work only on VGA? With moderm types of monitors what i do is just plug different PCs to different inputs on each monitor.
Just my 2cents

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10/10/2015 7:06:32 AM (last edit: 10/10/2015 7:06:32 AM)
show user profile  Error404
As for the motherboard, I found one (MSI) that holds up to 128, but I'm just putting 64 in there for now.

and for the KVM, some of them have DVI. -

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10/10/2015 7:50:38 PM (last edit: 10/10/2015 7:50:38 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
(already chatted with Buck, but for the rest of you, I'm planning on ordering my workstation next week at some point).

Quick question regarding the GPU... I was going to get 2 980 GTX cards with 6 gb of memory..

Would I be better off doing that or just getting one titan?

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10/10/2015 11:54:26 PM (last edit: 10/10/2015 11:54:26 PM)
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