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I'm putting together a workstation for my friend and I'm not sure which processor to go with. The workstation is for an Architecture student using Revit, 3DS Max, Autocad, Photoshop and various rendering software (Mentalray, vray etc)

Which of these processors would you recommend?

1. Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (I know it just came out, but is it aimed at gamers?)
2. Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz (I have the 920 and I love it)
3. Intel Xeon W3550 Bloomfield 3.06GHz (Is it just for servers?)

I'm planning on getting a EVGA X58 mobo if that makes any difference.

Thanks for any help!
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A P67A mobo is required for the i7 2600 which will do just fine for a workstation rig. You will probably get quicker results regarding the rendering programs with the i7 2600 but overall, all of those CPUs will easily handle those programs.

I've just upgraded my rig (see sig below; my gaming & home office rig) and currently using Revit, Autocad, Photoshop, and 3D Studio Max with ease. Life would be better if I was using a workstation gpu for 3d Studio Max
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A P67A mobo is required for the i7 2600 which will do just fine for a workstation rig. You will probably get quicker results regarding the rendering programs with the i7 2600 but overall, all of those CPUs will easily handle those programs.

I've just upgraded my rig (see sig below; my gaming & home office rig) and currently using Revit, Autocad, Photoshop, and 3D Studio Max with ease. Life would be better if I was using a workstation gpu for 3d Studio Max
Thanks, I almost forgot the Sandy Bridge uses the LGA 1155 socket!


As for the graphics card, my friend almost choked when I showed him the price of my FX1700, so he is going with the Quadro 600 or FX580 for now.
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Thanks, I almost forgot the Sandy Bridge uses the LGA 1155 socket!


As for the graphics card, my friend almost choked when I showed him the price of my FX1700, so he is going with the Quadro 600 or FX580 for now.
How much RAM do you regularly need?

If you need/want to address more than 16GB, LGA1366 is what you want at this point in time. That is pretty much the only reason to buy into X58 at this point, is if you need to use large amounts of RAM.
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I7-2600K overclocked. Easily the best performer of the bunch if you consider overclocking headroom and thermal performance per watt.

Take a look at this post:
http://www.overclock.net/12236992-post49.html

I upgraded from my 920 @ 4.3GHz to a 2600K @ 4.8GHz. Rendering times are a minimum of 25% faster (with less heat and less power draw).

In the lightwave community there is debate as to whether or not workstation graphics cards are worth the money. I'm using a passively cooled HD5750 right now and it's performance in OpenGL is awesome. I would take the money you save on a quadro and get a really nice 30" monitor. :-)
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