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I have a 3k+ budget for a dual Xeon system. I'm looking for the most rendering bang for the buck! Was originally going to get one Sandy Bridge E and OC as far as I could... but realized I could probably get more performance for what I need with two Xeons.

I need help with the specifics...

What Xeon's would you recommend considering my price and needs? Are there 2600k equivalents in Xeon terms? Basically are there fully unlocked Xeon's?

I want to Overclock them as far as I can push em', what's the best board for this? EVGA SR-2?

What's the best cooling option for this? A pair of H80's or something else?

I can get by (for now) with a single GTX 560Ti and 12GB of Ram

What Power Supply would you recommend?

Looking at a Corsair 120 gb SSD

This will be my primary workstation setup.

Thanks a bunch for the help.
post #2 of 6
Workstation as in no gaming, purely rendering? In that case you are looking at Quadro or FirePro.

What are you going to be doing with this new PC? Be specific, like what kind of application are you going to run?
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New line of xeon will be out after SB-E, you can setup a dual Xeon 1366, with a SR-2 for example, or wait for the upcoming one.

For the SB-E wait until NDA finish to be able to see the benchmarks. Rumors talk about 20-30% more than a 990x for the 3930K, which is very good considered the price difference but for now it'S only a rumor.

If it's for a render farm only, video card isn't very relevant, but if you do modelling too you can look for a quadro, excepted that if you take a dual xeon it will overload your $3000 limit, a good one is $1500 itself.
Edited by farcodev - 11/10/11 at 7:48pm
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3D Studio Max and Maya with Vray and Mental Ray for rendering. It will be my workstation for modeling, animating, rendering.

I'm not to worried about the card... I work for a VFX company and we're all using GeForce rather than Quadro cards in our workstations.

I won't have access to a render farm when at home so the rig needs to be able to smoke through frames.

Basically looking for the best Dual System XEON system that can be over clocked at around 3k
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I'm thinking if you build 4-5 X 2600K systems and create a render farm?
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I'd be looking at Sandy Bridge- E and the EVGA SR3 for a new build, depending on how soon you'll need it.
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