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#1 Hahaiah

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:48

Years past this seemed easier. Thought I'd reach out for a little help this time.

My needs are this, I'm work with motion graphics and Adobe CS6 Premiere & After Effects heavily. So Nvidia Cuda support and big RAM are at the top of the priority list. Currently have an i7 (older) and have been very happy with it so I'm looking for the best bang for my buck witht that series as well. I'm not picky about the rest as I can upgrade drives to SSD and larger capacities later little by little. I game a little during my downtime so I'm curious how the nVidia workstation graphics cards hold up when you try to game with them.

Looking for the best setup with the following

Processor: i7
RAM: 16GB (exapandable to 32 a must)
Video Card: Cuda support

I've seen stuff from ASUS and love the ORIGIN gear but it's beyond my price range...
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16883220183


#2 +PeterUK

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 14:48

I game a little during my downtime so I'm curious how the nVidia workstation graphics cards hold up when you try to game with them.

If you want a nVidia workstation graphics cards then a Quadro 4000 will set you back $750
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814133324

#3 OP Hahaiah

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 21:33

Damn, was expecting that much. Explains the $2k starter prices I'd been seeing.

#4 Farchord

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 21:58

Damn, was expecting that much. Explains the $2k starter prices I'd been seeing.


IF you want 32gb ram expandable then you'll need socket 2011.... and CPUs/motherboards on that socket are expensive as hell.....

Good luck, mate!

#5 +PeterUK

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 22:41

With the old i7 you got you should be able to kit it out upto 16GB of RAM 4x4GB and a workstation graphics card which should run fine for what you want.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 00:15

Can't you get a 4 x 8 set? The 1155 chipset can take up to 32GB.

#7 Nathaniel Smith_329019

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 00:36

I do not know anything about workstation cards but can't you use a consumer card with the Adobe programs? Cause i know adobe supports cuda on say a 570GTX.

#8 OP Hahaiah

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 19:19

Yeah I'm thinking I'm not going to have a chance at the QUAD cards. I'm learning nvidia is playing a lot of games on the 6xx series and don't have a clue which one is "good" or not. I know I want the RAM though, my current machine is an ASUS G73 laptop which holds it own for notebook, but I'm tired of not being able to update machines and don't have to have the portability any more.

If I went Consumer card, any one see a better deal than the link I posted ?

#9 +PeterUK

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 20:30

Your telling us now that you old i7 is in a laptop!

If you go for a Consumer card the GTX 670 or GTX 660 Ti should do.

If you go with that a i7 Quad Core on a X79 motherboard + PSU + GTX 660 Ti + 16GB RAM thats over $1000 and if you go for a i7 Quad Core on a Z77 its still over $900

#10 OP Hahaiah

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 00:58

Yes, I need to build a whole new rig. That x79 motherboard is nice, but the $300+ pricetag is too big a hit, the Z77 looks like it could work well though for $150 range.

I was hoping to just buy a system that could get the price lower than building myself and still get the specs and quality, not many options for what I'm looking for though..

#11 DPyro

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:33

Years past this seemed easier. Thought I'd reach out for a little help this time.

My needs are this, I'm work with motion graphics and Adobe CS6 Premiere & After Effects heavily. So Nvidia Cuda support and big RAM are at the top of the priority list. Currently have an i7 (older) and have been very happy with it so I'm looking for the best bang for my buck witht that series as well. I'm not picky about the rest as I can upgrade drives to SSD and larger capacities later little by little. I game a little during my downtime so I'm curious how the nVidia workstation graphics cards hold up when you try to game with them.

Looking for the best setup with the following

Processor: i7
RAM: 16GB (exapandable to 32 a must)
Video Card: Cuda support

I've seen stuff from ASUS and love the ORIGIN gear but it's beyond my price range...
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16883220183


So wait, you want 32GB expandable RAM, then link to a computer with very limited expandability? :/

#12 OP Hahaiah

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:43

I'm saying ideally I need 32GB of RAM for media production but can start with 16 initially. If the ASUS caps at 16, then that's not really what I want and why I landed here for some advice. It's looking like I could put together my own system and just add a spare drive I already have for around $750 plus whatever nvidia card I can get for $250 or less.

It's probably been over 10 years since I built a system from scratch, been working with laptops for the past six exclusively.

#13 OP Hahaiah

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 23:44

**crickets**

#14 Nathaniel Smith_329019

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:26

Get a used Z68 mb it will work out cheeper.



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