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HELP - Ordering parts this week and am at a loss for RAM & Still undecided on MB

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I work in Virtual Construction and use quite a bit of CPU/GPU intensive programs. I feel very confident about my build choices and have for the most part an unlimited budget due to some of the recent projects we have won. I tried to stay out of the minutia on my last build but the inner geek has fully come out.  The recent four core oc’s 6700k runs 24/7 @4.89 Ghz and has 32 G DDr4 ram with two 1080x gpus, a 950 NVME Samsung and 2 SSD’s Raid 0 for cloud sync. All cooled on a custom liquid loop. It is a beast but I still am running into some issues with performance due to some outdated rendering api’s from some of the software I run.

This build I am going all out for the 6950x, 2(Titan X Pascal)GPU SLI, 2(950 NVME SSD – Raid 0) along with 1T SSD for cloud sync. The major hang up for me right now is ram. I understand the clock speed and latency factors but when I look at a lot of the leader boards for performance they are running low clock speeds with real low CAS. I have budget for up to $1400 worth of ram but don’t want to waste $600 unless it will really make the impact when I tune this thing up OC. Also have debated about allocating 64g to a RAM Drive to accommodate some of the more memory intensive applications and large files. Also looked at the option of phase cooling but am not sure if it’s worth the risk. Have seen some horror stories and I can’t be down for 48 hours although 5+ ghz of power is very tempting…

Ordering Parts and MB this week. IF anyone has recommendations for the Mother board I would appreciate it. I want the best thing money can buy but it seems like a lot of the higher end boards offer more peripherals and all I can about is the ram compatibility and more pcie 16 slots for additional GPU or M2 SSD's

Need pro answers.

Thanks in advance.
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Not answering the question about the motherboard, just curious what software you are working with for your Virtual Construction projects?

edit: but might as well throw in my two cents about the mainboard;

Rampage V Edition 10
https://www.asus.com/au/Motherboards/ROG-RAMPAGE-V-EDITION-10/
Edited by spinFX - 8/17/16 at 5:58pm
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Lite-On DVD-RW Noctua DH-14 CPU Cooler Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 24" LED 1080p 5ms DVI (S23A300B) 
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Primarily Revit, 3DSmax, Infraworks, Fuzor, Maya, NAvisworks, Pix4D, AutoCAD, Civil Cad 3D, Unreal Engine, and some other beta start up products. Autodesk kills me though because Revit only leverages 1 core for most of its functions, Infraworks only renders on CPU and the scenes are so big it can eat up allot of computing power. Also - Autodesk pushes most users to buy "professional GPU's which I think are overpriced for the nominal return you get in their programs and they do nothing for you when you want to drop models into a gaming engine to put it in VR. Revit also requires massive amounts of ram when working with the majority of the models we work with. Most are over 10 gig files once everything is linked in. The 10 core can be overclocked to accommodate revit, provides enough power for the cpu intensive infraworks city model renderings, and can manage to control the GPU's well. I decided on the ASRock X99 WS-E/10G after a lot of research yesterday. The controller can accommodate the 40 lane bandwidth much better than a lot of the other high end MOBOs out there. After reviewing quite a few there were so many restrictions on where GPU's and M2 adapters could go and even then the 16x slots dropped down to 8x if you leveraged them in any way other than they defined. Kinda bait and switch if you ask me. The ASrock offers five true 16x lanes at full capacity and also has its own controller for additional raid 0 array I plan on creating. Also love the fact I can add my xeon phi co processor to the pcie slot with the advanced setup. Feel a lot more confidant that I will be able to grow into this board.
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