Need help with an ASUS Z9 PE-D8 WS build for 3d rendering (both CPU as in Vray/Vue XStream and gpgpu as in Octane) as well as video editing, stabilizing, compositing in nuke/aftereffects etc.
New to the forum, but have read MOST of the 32 pages in the thread as well as countless others. Based in Norway, so have somewhat limited hardware choices (especially regarding budget!). Ditto regarding cases.
2x Xeon E5-2620...pretty much all I can afford! Still a grand US here (25% VAT/GST! + markup!)
Crucial DDR3 Ballistix Sport VLP 32GB Kit KIT (4x8GB) 1600MHz CL9 UDIMM 240pin (PC3-12800) Very Low Profile
XFX ProSeries Black Edition 1250W PSU: ATX 12V V2.31, 80 Plus Gold, Modular, 8x 6+2pin PCIe, 11x SATA, 8x Molex
El-cheapo Samsung SSD 840 Series 250GB 2.5" OEM: Basic Kit, MDX controller, 540/250MB/s read/write for caching
Seagate Barracuda® 2TB SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3.0), 64MB Cache, 7200RPM, 3.5" - to be used with smart-cache above cheap SSD
Cheap graphics card for now...can't afford titan! EVGA GeForce GTX 760 4GB PhysX CUDA..need the VRAM for Octane....can always add more.
Maybe a cheap firepro in addition for Max/Maya etc..e.g. AMD FirePro V4900 1GB GDDR5 to drive the display....
Case: almost no SSI-EEB cases here except for Cosmos II (which I think is ugly and fits little for being such a huge case). Can get Corsair D900 for same price and ghetto-mod it, or any other EATX case (not averse to drilling!). Would prefer to save a bit here (say spend 180 USD instead of 500 USD for the above!). Would Fractal designs R2 LX work? Any other case suggestions? Leaning towards very big case/HPTX in case I start sticking lots of graphics cards for GPGPU rendering. Or maybe I just do a shopping at Ikea!
Cooling: leaning towards Noctua air-cooled as Xeons don't overclock, but may go closed-loop (e.g. 2x Corsair H70 Cooler + 2x SP120 Quiet Edt.) if I can them to fit. Bit concerned about stiff Corsair tubes/pipes. Or a custom watercooling setup, but expensive and would be first time I try it.
The other option is a 3930k build which I overclock to within an inch of dying, would be at least a grand cheaper, and build rendering nodes using cheapest amd setup possible (amd 8150 or similar). Problem is the cheapest I configured a render node that way was around 4500 nok or 750 USD, so not really saving anything. And I would lose out on the 7 pci-e slots.
Thanks, sorry for long winded post! Let me know if you see any incompatibilities, ASUS site with approved parts is hopeless. And long list of complaints/RMA's on Newegg regarding board is scary...but still lust after it!