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i7 3930k (Sandy Bridge E) v Xeon E3 1275 V2 (Ivy Bridge)

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I'm at a crossroads on which CPU/motherboard to buy. Should I go for a second hand (buying from friend, had about a years 24x7 usage) i7 3930k or get myself a Xeon E3-1275 V2 (3.5ghz 4c 8t)?

I use my workstation mainly for game environment development and use Photoshop, 3ds Max, world machine pro and various game engines for work + hobby, I bake quite large light and ambient occlusion maps so often the computer will be left to render these images. I also use my computer for internet browsing, hardcore gaming and occasionally watching movies/tv episodes. I have a 30" display running 2560x1600 @ 80hz

The computer gets left on 24x7 all the time and only gets turned off if I'm going to be gone for more than 24 hours and I'm not leaving a rendering job on. It gets used nearly all the time by either me or my friend when he's over. The computer is VERY important as without it I would have no income. I am building it not to fail as if it does fail, I get no income and cannot pay rent so reliability is of the utmost importance over everything else.

I plan on having 32gb @ 1600mhz of ram (I work with HUGE PSD files, and find I run out of ram with 16GB), a 480gb RevoDrive 3 x2 PCI-E SSD (main drive with my OS and important applications on), a 240gb RevoDrive 3 PCI SSD (where my currently active work projects will be worked on). 4 x 4TB hard drives (2 x Raid 1 giving me 8TB usable space), one will be for archiving with the other for downloads, gaming etc.

One major thing that really bothers me about my current rig is the damn noise it makes. It has always sounded like a jet engine and It'd be nice to have a fairly quiet (doesn't have to be silent) system.

Always open to advice on what do get/changes to make for the system smile.gif
post #2 of 7
well the 3930k will definitely be better than the xeon for video rendering and editing and honestly server chips really arent that much more reliable than desktop chips, how often have you heard of a cpu dying with being overclocked when it wasnt caused by something like the motherboard
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well the 3930k will definitely be better than the xeon for video rendering and editing and honestly server chips really arent that much more reliable than desktop chips, how often have you heard of a cpu dying with being overclocked when it wasnt caused by something like the motherboard

While that may be the case it's quite different when you have 10,000 machines running a server and need 99.9999% uptime. I think DDR3 has faults a few times a year but ECC is a make or break feature for servers. That said I think Google uses consumer chips for their server farms.

I think if you want outright power X79 is the way to go.
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post #4 of 7
also socket 2011 and x79 are more future proof intel ivy bridge-e and haswell-e are going to be running on socket 2011 as well in case you ever need to upgrade
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also socket 2011 and x79 are more future proof intel ivy bridge-e and haswell-e are going to be running on socket 2011 as well in case you ever need to upgrade

Hmm now I like this, I thought Intel always changed their cpu sockets on each major update. For X79 what motherboard would you guys suggest. the requirements is it must be ATX (and not extended ATX. I was thinking of getting the Asus P9X79 WS for X79
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asus boards are nice but for a workstation you may like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128562

highlights:
6x sata 6Gb/s
4x sata 3Gb/s
support for up to 3 separate raid arrays
support for quad sli
only $260
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asus boards are nice but for a workstation you may like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128562
highlights:
6x sata 6Gb/s
4x sata 3Gb/s
support for up to 3 separate raid arrays
support for quad sli
only $260

That's some nice features, however I've not had a very bright experience with Gigabyte motherboards, my current one hard freezes every hour (sometimes more) and it's highly annoying. The one I had before that worked for a week then refused to boot. I'm in the UK by the way we use www.scan.co.uk or Amazon over here
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