Dual cpus are worth it IF the program can run 8 cores or more. Else a decent i7 sandybridge, 2600 line will be enough. Plus cases are hard to find for server boards
Heres a transcoding comparison of commom cpus: Core i5 2500K and Core i7 2600K review
As a extra, a 2600k overclocked to 4.5Ghz will crunch foldiing at home data as fast as a dual Xeon quad core setup.
As for a quatro, they are power house cards.... but you pay for it. They can add addition processing power if the program cqan use gpu acceleration, though a quality, nvidia card can be almost as good. Its writen into the program, so if the software says it can, just installing a card sets it up.
I was wondering how sims were done with only 500Gig...
I'd not watercool. Quality coolers will be just fine, ande you won't have to worry on long run times. Plus without larger overclocks heats usually not an issue.
I could spec an insane computer, but it'll be 4 to 5 grand.
dual Xeon 6 cores, evga sr-2 board 8 gig of ram.
Or dual amd 12 cores..
Youre best value will be determined if your programs are core dependant or speed dependant. You're doing something most of us aren't experts in.