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I need help to build a workstation for architectural uses. I mainly use Photoshop, illustrator, Indesign, 3Ds, Vray, Autocad and Sketchup. I also multi-task a LOT.

Budget: about 2500$
Purchase Date: 1 week
SLI or Crossfire: NO
OC: maybe

I’d like to start with this configuration that I’ve found after some researches. I was wondering how I could optimize it for my uses and my budget.

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E, Intel X58 (220$)
GPU : 2GB ATI FirePro V7800, 2x DisplayPort/ Dual Link DVI-I (630$)
CPU : Intel Core i7 980, 3,33ghz six cores (12 threads) (600$)
RAM: 12GB (3x4GB) Corsair XMS3, DDR3 1600Mhz (105$)
HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black, SATA 6Gb/s, 64MB Cache (90$)
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (250$)
CPU COOLERS: Prolimatech Megahalems (70$)
PSU: 650W Corsair Professional CMPSU-650HXUK (110$)
Case : Antec P183 V3 (140$)

Total: 2215$

Thank you
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ATI? No way. Go with one of nVidia's Quadro workstation cards. They're geared just for what you seem to do. If you don't want to use a Quadro, go with a 3GB GTX 580


I'm a fan of the ASUS Sabertooth line, I find them to be incredibly reliable (as they advertise. Since you've chosen an X58 mobo, here's an X58 sabertooth.)


I'm glad you didn't go with the OCZ Vertex III series, they can be unreliable, and that's something you DON'T want in a hard drive. I'd go with Intel's 320 or 510 series.

And for the HDD, I'd suggest the slightly cheaper Spinpoint F3, it's got pretty much the same specs and reliability.

No SLi? I dissapointed.

What monitor resolution are you using?

Do you really *need* the 3rd party cpu cooler if you don't plan on OC'ing?

Btw, the processor you selected is "deactivated". I don't suggest the i7 980 anyway, go with one of the incredibly affordable Sandy Bridge CPU's like the:

i3 2100
i5 2500K
or the i7 2600K (my personal favorite, it's what I'm using for my gaming rig)

Lastly, you may want a small 8GB SSD for use as a Photoshop scratch drive.

(by this I mean this:



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Edited by marbleduck - 8/12/11 at 3:30pm
 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crap Crap OS X Snow Leopard (not crap) Cinema HD 2560x1600 7ms GTG latency 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Crap (crap) Crap Branding iron/Stovetop (crap) Almost decent (crap) 
Mouse Pad
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Intel SSD 510 Series x2 Asus CD/DVD RW 21BST Corsair H100 Windows 7 Professional 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Mac OS X Lion Cinema HD Display 30" HP-ZR30W Illuminated Keyboard 
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Thank your for your advices.

For the GPU, I'll go with the quadro 4000, but is it overkill for my uses? Also my resolution is 1920x1080. I change my mind for the SLI and i'll say yes in case of future upgrades.

I chose the i7 980 because I use multi-thread applications and it has six cores (12 threads). I often need to do renders very fast. However, the i7 2600k has 4 cores (8 threads). Will rendering be as fast as with a 980? If not, is the 2600k still a better choice?
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Thank your for your advices.

For the GPU, I'll go with the quadro 4000, but is it overkill for my uses? Also my resolution is 1920x1080. I change my mind for the SLI and i'll say yes in case of future upgrades.

I chose the i7 980 because I use multi-thread applications and it has six cores (12 threads). I often need to do renders very fast. However, the i7 2600k has 4 cores (8 threads). Will rendering be as fast as with a 980? If not, is the 2600k still a better choice?
The 990X / 980X may have more threads and cores, but the current i7-2600K has more powerful execution cores and the LGA1155 platform could be better for your uses, as you will be able to upgrade to a 10-Core Ivy-Bridge CPU should you feel the need.
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