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Hey guys, loooooooooong time lurker here, have learned TONS from this site and XS. Thank you to all.


I've only built gamer rigs. Just your typical sli config with lapped cpu, wire sleeving and water loops is as far as I go. Taken the dremel to a few towers, but I'm nothing too fancy.


A friend of mine who is an artist for WoW wants a build for her home. She plans on using 3dmax, Maya, and Houdini, along with playing WoW. Her budget is around 2k, but flexible if need be. I can score some parts for very cheap through hookups (like the PSU, CPU), but the vid cards are worrying me.


Upon some research, I've stumbled across the Quadro line of vid cards. I'm to understand that those aren't very strong for gaming, but are bandwidth stacked for decoding and whatnot. Holy crap those aren't cheap.

My questions to you masters at this sort of stuff is, would 1 or 2 GTX 580s suffice, or should we just get a quadro (if so, which one)? What I'm thinking is just to get a 580 or 2 and let her go to work. If it is taking too long, just return them for a quadro. But if some experts from here have the know, then saving that step would be excellent and appreciated.

So far, the build is looking like I7 950 (already purchased),Noctua NH-D14, probably a Rampage III with a crapload of ram (what is enough? I'm thinking 3x4, or is that way too shy?). SSD and a raid config of some WD blacks. PSU prob gonna be an Antec 1200 of some sort. Going to be inside an Antec Twelve Hundred case (already purchased).

I will continue to do research as help pours in, and I've had her ask around work, but everybody is on vacation. At her workstation computer, she can't seem to access device manager to see what vid card is installed. Told her to ask the techs, but they are all on vacation and she doesn't want to bother them. Enter forum gurus.

Thank you for taking the time to read this request for help. Any help is greatly appreciated. Happy holidays!
  
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She probably has a quadro of some sort.
tell her to install gpu-z

I would take the two 580's over the quadro.
Number one - she wants to game
Number two - she can still render plenty with those cores
Number three - 3dmax runs fine on one 480, let alone two 580's.

What resolution is she running? Screens?

And is she a modeler as well, or strictly designs wireframes or something like that.
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GPU's: If she can fit her budget and needs the cards for those programs the Quadro line is the way to go and they will run WoW fine. Just not optimized for all games like their other cards. Blizzard doesn't provide her with a workstation?

Ram: 6 or 8 are fine for the type of work she will be doing it seems.

Thought I was going to be giving a Blizzard employee a room for Diablo III perks and free WoW subscription when I clicked on this thread.
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First of all welcome to OCN! Glad to hear that you finally signed up!

As for your machine and questions:

Graphics cards - 2 x 580's will certainly suffice for any graphical needs whether it be gaming or rendering.

CPU - i7 950 will certainly do the job especially if it's overclocked. Will you be ocing it?

Motherboard - Can't go wrong with the Rampage III

RAM - 4x3 will more than likely be enough to run the programs you described.

SSD - Getting cheaper and cheaper. A nice 120 GB model from Intel, Crucial, or OCZ would be great and they are largely under 200 bucks now.

RAID - Some F3's in RAID 0 would do great and they're really cheap now too. If you like WD though you can get some 1 TB Blacks for about 90 bucks now.

PSU - Given your setup I'd say 1200w is overkill to say the least. A 1000w would give you plenty of power and allow for tons of upgrades in the future. I'm not completely familiar with the power draw on the 580's but I bet you could go with a high quality 850w and be fine.
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if she is doing hardcore rendering she may even use 12 gb of ram, but seeing as Wow doesn't contain photo realistic content, I would assume not.
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Originally Posted by Lampen View Post

PSU - Given your setup I'd say 1200w is overkill to say the least. A 1000w would give you plenty of power and allow for tons of upgrades in the future. I'm not completely familiar with the power draw on the 580's but I bet you could go with a high quality 850w and be fine.
Can anybody back this please? My favorite PSU of all time is Antec Signature 850, and I put it in everybody's build that I do. I will be OCing the 950 to whatever we can cool it comfortably to with a Noctua. I would LOVE to use the Antec SG 850, but wasn't sure if it can handle 2 580's and OC everything.
  
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She probably has a quadro of some sort.
tell her to install gpu-z

I would take the two 580's over the quadro.
Number one - she wants to game
Number two - she can still render plenty with those cores
Number three - 3dmax runs fine on one 480, let alone two 580's.

What resolution is she running? Screens?

And is she a modeler as well, or strictly designs wireframes or something like that.
Model, animate, digital painting. She will be using a level editor too.
I play a shadow priest and she drew my shadow orbs. So sexy!
  
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The Antec 1200 will fit the Antec CP line PSU which johhnyGuru reviewed to be very solid. They come in 850 and 1000 watt flavors. Just an option. Does your friend have a portfolio site?

Edit: Wow, those SG's ain't cheap.
Edited by BillOhio - 12/27/10 at 7:58pm
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Originally Posted by Sicc View Post
Can anybody back this please? My favorite PSU of all time is Antec Signature 850, and I put it in everybody's build that I do. I will be OCing the 950 to whatever we can cool it comfortably to with a Noctua. I would LOVE to use the Antec SG 850, but wasn't sure if it can handle 2 580's and OC everything.
This should help determining the power requirements:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-review/7

Looks like it would be rather close on the 850 to be honest. So it would be best to grab a nice 1000w.
Edited by Lampen - 12/27/10 at 8:09pm
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everything seems perfectly fine. go with the 1000w id say. when you start ocing everything it will need a bit more power and also to be on the very safe side. also as mentioned get a 120gig ssd and 2 samsung f3's in raid. they are 60 bucks over here in aus so i would imagine they are cheaper for you guys. and go with the 12gig of ram. something corsair or gskil
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