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My Build for a Graphics Workstation for under $1,500 (Solved)

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Lets leave out Xeon and use Intel i7.

 

I am not looking for any overclocking, would the stock cooler which comes with i7 be enough, i live in a desert and the temps over here go over 45 Celcius in the summer.

 

It seems that i would have to raise my budget.

 

Would $1700 be enough ?


Edited by IbnSaeed, 08 March 2015 - 03:25 AM.

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Lets leave out Xeon and use Intel i7.

A.  It is the best you will get for the money.

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I am not looking for any overclocking, would the stock cooler which comes with i7 be enough, i live in a desert and the temps over here go over 45 Celcius in the summer.

A.  It gets that hot here in Queensland, Australia, with humidity often over 80%.  I run the same CPU in a similar Antec case, good air flow, running on the stock cooler and have had no problems.  The CPU has thermal controls, if the core temps get to hot, the CPU will throttle down so temps are lowered.   If you find the temps are constantly high when under load, then change to a difference cooler.   Warning, the Noctua coolers are very tall, so take care if you use one.   The Cooler Master Hyper 412 PWM, it performs better the evo.

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It seems that i would have to raise my budget.Would $1700 be enough

A.   Current listed build is $1627.78

 


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I have been unable to configure a build using the latest Xeon platform that would give you a similar performance for $1500.  closer to $2700, 

 

FYI.   Using a different cooling solution, other than than the stock one supplied with a boxed CPU will void you 3 year warranty, same for overclocking beyond the specified Turbo Boost. Should you need to make a claim for damage, and Intel or AMD become aware of the fact/s, your claim could be rejected.   I advice using the stock cooler at first and if you are unhappy with the results, then change to an after market one, but you do so at your own risk.

 

I think the Asus monitor is a good choice.

 

About the only way to get the price down is to use 16GB of RAM, but it will lower the performance,.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/J3DnK8

 

 

Can you explain a bit your selections for the specific Asrock motherboard and Curial SSD' ? Currently, i have a Gigabyte Motherboard, so i am wondering why did you choose Asrock in stead of Asus, MSI etc ?


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Here is my updated part list.

 

I have replaced GTX with R9. I am not sure if the mother board needs to be changed for the R9

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($339.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($166.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($262.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($67.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card  ($193.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($82.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor  ($291.43 @ Amazon)
Total: $1656.28
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-08 13:03 EDT-0400


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The R9 GPU will fit on any MB with a PCI-e slot, What tempted you to change to a AMD GPU?.   What card are you using now?   Is the CUDA technology part of your present fork flow?

 

The Asrock Extreme6 is in my new build and I believe it has better features than similar priced Gigabyte one.  On G2G I see more  issues with Gigabyte MBs.

RAM,   Chose the G.Skill price, and I have 32GB on the Asrock board, fired up first time with no problems.   With major brands only in bench marks is there a discernible difference with RAM of the same specs. 

 

Your list is missing a Optical Drive. 


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The R9 GPU will fit on any MB with a PCI-e slot, What tempted you to change to a AMD GPU?.   What card are you using now?   Is the CUDA technology part of your present fork flow?

 

The Asrock Extreme6 is in my new build and I believe it has better features than similar priced Gigabyte one.  On G2G I see more  issues with Gigabyte MBs.

RAM,   Chose the G.Skill price, and I have 32GB on the Asrock board, fired up first time with no problems.   With major brands only in bench marks is there a discernible difference with RAM of the same specs. 

 

Your list is missing a Optical Drive. 

 

 

I already have an external optical drive. Read it somewhere that r9 are better performers than GTX. I dont mind going back to GTX though

 

My main workflow is

- Photoshop

- Illustrator

- Indesign

 

Some Audio Editing with

- Ableton Live

- Audacity

 

I dont know if cuda cores have any role to play with work involved in designing graphics in photoshop.

 

I wont be doing any 3d for now.


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optical drive noted.

 

Nvidia CUDA, a parallel computing platform, also supports OpenCL ver. 1.1, Open Computing Language.   AMD only supports OpenCL ver. 2.0..   I have researched before but done some more. If you are using Adobe, then best stick to CUDA enabled cards, you won't often see AMD cards recommended on the site.   This does not mean that OpenCL can't do the same as CUDA, but it is much slower.  

Also, soon to be released, DirectX 12, supported on the GTX 9xx series, which will bring many enhancements to Windows.

 

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As of right now, I am only doing light Cinema 4D and After Effects work. I mainly use Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign. Would you still recommend Nvidia? ...
I was AMD card oriented long before I even considered Nvidia cards, until PunkNugget, another forum member, helped to introduce me to CUDA computing. I have many AMD GPU processors, but very, very many, many more Nvidia GPU processors [See my signature,below, a Kepler core equivalent of over 145,000 CUDA cores vs. a count of ATI Stream processing units of slightly over 13,000]. AMD cards are generally less expensive than Nvidia cards. There's no task that my AMD cards can perform that my Nvidia cards can't perform. However, (1) my Nvidia cards also support CUDA, which my AMD cards do not support at all and (2) my older Nvidia Fermi cards (GTX 295s, 480s, 580s and 590s) can't hold a candle to the OpenCL computing ability of my then contemporary AMD cards. That my AMD cards have traditionally been better at OpenCL computing than my Nvidia cards, is changing rapidly as Nvidia is greatly improving the OpenCL computing ability of its cards, beginning with its Kepler based GTX 6xx series, and especially with its Maxwell based 9xx series. Moreover, since CUDA computing, which is proprietary to Nvidia, content creation applications are increasing much more rapidly and are becoming much more powerful than are those that rely on OpenCL computing, which is non-proprietary, I don't mind paying a little more for Nvidia GPUs to have greater flexibility. So to me it boils down to personal choice, budget and need. Given your current uses and budget, AMD cards aren't bad choices; but know that I now purchase only CUDA cards.
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You could try the r9 then swap in your existing card to compare performance.
If it was my build, I would get the GTX 960. 

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I have decided on my build, so consider this thread solved.

 

Thank you  iammykyl


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You are very welcome IbnSaeed :thumbsup: 

If you get the time, let us know how the rig performs. 


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