5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 6, 2012 11:35 PM by Harm Millaard

    Proposed Motion Graphics Build - 4.5k

    db2012_02

      Here's a system I've spec'd out. I'm looking for any feedback or suggestions! My primary uses would be AE, C4D, some PP, and possibly some Nuke.

       

      Here are the specs:

       

       

      MB:           SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600

       

      CPU(x2):      Intel Xeon E5-2640 Sandy Bridge-EP 2.5GHz 15MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 95W Six-Core Server Processor

       

      RAM:      G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3      1600 (PC3 12800)

       

      Video:      EVGA SuperClocked+ 02G-P4-2684-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP

       

      HD:             (x2)Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC (SSD) with Transfer Kit

       

      (x3)Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MBCache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

       

      PSU:          CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD

       

      Case:      COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower

       

      Total Price:     $4464.88

        • 1. Re: Proposed Motion Graphics Build - 4.5k
          Jim_Simon Level 8

          If the board can handle it, you'd do well to make it 64GB of memory, especially for After Effects with all those cores.

           

          Take note that the Kepler cards currently can't do ray-tracing in After Effects.  It likely will at some point, but who knows when.

          • 2. Re: Proposed Motion Graphics Build - 4.5k
            Harm Millaard Level 7

            Second Jim's remark about memory, but add that the 2640 is too slow IMO, better get a i5-2690 with the higher clock speed. For some other ideas about a new system, look here: http://ppbm6.com/Planning.html . Why two Crucial SSD's instead of more conventional disks?

            • 3. Re: Proposed Motion Graphics Build - 4.5k
              db2012_02 Level 1

              Thanks Harm,

               

              Any reason you mention the i5-2690 over something like this:

               

              Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

               

              I'm still fighting this battle with speed vs cores. To jump to a reasonable speed on the xeons such as the e5-2690 it gets to like $2k per processor, well above my budget.

               

              I'm still getting tons of conflicting information from people more experienced then me, re: speed vs cores.

              • 4. Re: Proposed Motion Graphics Build - 4.5k
                db2012_02 Level 1

                Harm, the idea with the SSD's was 1. for OS and progs and 2. for app and system cache/paging files, then the other 3 mechanical drives; 1. media  2. project files and 3. export.

                 

                I've also spec'd out an i7 system, which is about a thousand dollars less, I could easily put this into another render node or other office computer we could use. Below are the specs. Can anyone comment on proposed performance differences I might expect to see vs the above system?

                 

                MB: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

                 

                CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core

                 

                RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

                 

                Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked+ 02G-P4-2684-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16

                 

                HD: (x2)Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit

                 

                       (x3)Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

                 

                PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified

                 

                Case: NZXT Switch 810 - CA-SW810-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX     Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0

                 

                Total Price: 3309.89

                • 5. Re: Proposed Motion Graphics Build - 4.5k
                  Harm Millaard Level 7

                  Have you stumbled over this article: Adobe Forums: Planning / building a new system. Part 1

                   

                  Might give you some more info about my reasoning for certain components.