1 Xeon 2630 won't be faster then 3930K overclocked 4.6ghz am telling you in rendering at Maya ( mental ray ) did test with cinebench also Z brush and Realflow
so when Xeon will kick 3930k ass is when you go 2 Xeon's but that mean selling a kidney or ur car lol unless u r rich
For Storage what i suggest go with very good motherboard that support 64GB Ram you will be like why?
nobody need that ram ?
then u Didn't meet me , when am at the studio what we do simple Trick
Use 32GB As cache for the Large Files and I work then on the stuff like video editing or exporting the files etc... all that will need Fast read and write and really cut down the time , but when i go for the Rendering time and working 3d modeling etc.. i remove the cahce and get back to full power of 64GB ram to get multi tasking and able to render
so i advice getting A motherboard support 64GB ram then buy only 32GB and use that trick with 16GB Ram for cache when he want to use after effects or such softwares etc.. anything use Read and write then when he go to sleep render time or working on software that dont use read/write much like 3D modeling let him return it to 32GB and get that extra ram incase of rendering or multi tasking alot and whenever he feels like he can't stop the ram cache and need it all time then get 2nd 32GB ram and use it for that
Regarding the Titan it is best Card that come between the 2 words , gaming-workstation but if u r not gaming then forget about it is waste of $ coz it cost 1000$ and doesn't perform better then K4000 witch cost 700$
but as i said for gaming - workstation yes it is good coz k4000 sucks can'teven play any of the latest games medium settings, as for firepro never used them and always needed something cuda so i stayed with nvidia and i Hate amd way of putting model numbers so I dont remember witch is better or witch have higher specs
If u want to Save money ye you can go with 3820 witch is great and can upgrade in future for 3930K to overclock and trust me u get faster renders i mean it saves me 1 day when i render , i have 3770k at home and overclocked stable at 4.6GHz if I use stock the render time go from 4 days to 5 days so really matter that 24 hours extra on the deadline approaching T_T
Use 1 SSD 240GB for softwares and os, Get a Fast HArdisk 7200 rpm etc.. with any capacity u need then Use ram cache that will give u the speed, don't forget get something like 1866mhz + it will be faster for cacheEdited by fido - 7/2/13 at 3:19pm