Thank you for taking the time to help out a Noob, or even just reading this long post. I am making a fair amount of money this summer and am looking to build a powerful desktop computer for my work/school and also hobbies (I would like to start getting into animation). I was hoping to get advice/recommendations on the best system for my needs but also advice on the setup I've been thinking about (if it's possible, counter-productive, etc.) My macbook pro simply is not cutting it anymore :P I am looking to spend $3000 but am flexible.
I am also wondering if it is best to go with all server/workstation equipment, or if it is possible or even desirable to mix.
I'm an architecture student and I use the following programs:
I would like to begin experimenting with Maya as well but I have heard that certain equipment is very incompatible with Maya, eg. the workstation graphics card I am thinking about. Also, if you have any recommendations for great programs to try out that is appreciated as well
So here is roughly what I am considering:
I wanted two CPUs, the i7-2600K but discovered this is not possible so I am leaning towards the i7-960 Bloomfield
- Will it being 45 nm make that much of a difference, does this create compatibility issues with other equipment?
- Would two of these i7-960 be significantly more superior to say one i7-970 Gulftown or one of the extreme editions?
- I read that there is a rumor about intel making a motherboard to support two i7-2600Ks, should I wait a bit?
24GB or 32 GB using 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 either Crucial or G.Skill
WORKSTATION VIDEO CARD
ATI 100-505604 FirePro V7800 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x 16 CrossFire Supported Workstation Video Card
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD
This is where I have a lot of confusion. I have never built a computer before and feel out of my depth in figuring out compatibility with all of the items I want. I know I must take into account pins for memory, 1333 vs. 1156 for CPUs though I have no idea what this is, and have a vague idea that research needs to be done regarding power supply and heat generation.
- Is this possible?
- If I am going with a "server" motherboard, ie. two sockets should I be getting "server" CPUs, etc.?
Thank you very much for reading this! I really appreciate it!