My quiestion was what you personal think of this...?
Your very costly dual Xeon system is terribly short of memory and disk drives. You do not specify the Motherboard or the model/speed of the disk drive. How is anyone able to really know what you will end up with without details.
An overclocked i7-980 will run rings around this without proper selection of motherboard and memory.
My opinion, bad and incomplete shopping list! Do your friend a favor and read the benchmark site to see what it takes to make a good system.
so you think that i7-980x will run much better and faster then 2-Xeon
Not necessarily faster, but just as good and reliable for a third of the price or even less. If you have money to burn, go ahead and invest in dual Xeon's (and while you are at it, transfer some of that money to me as well, . I'm not greedy, but if you throw money away, it might as well be given away for a good purpose).
If you want 'value-for-money' or 'Bang-for-the-buck' go for a i7-980X. See PPBM5 Latest News
For the rest, Bill put it very tactful, but apart from the CPU, memory and disk setup are plain lousy. If you want a lob-sided system at huge cost that will not run CS5 effectively, you are on the right track.
If the xeon is not O.C. even a i7 920, will render faster. BUUT. IF YOU WANT TO O.C. Your xeon, you buy the right M.B. RAM. Raid controller, Cooling system, etc... you will make for shure a top pc. Is we put in account that the XEON 5677 is one of the best CPU FOR O.C. WITH A Tcase of 80.4 °C sound interesting until we look the price.
If I was you I will buy 2 PC. One i7930 and One i7980. One for editing and the other for iport and exports.
And if something happen with one you still working in the other PC. you can even create share hard disk and impruve acording your imagination.
So I believe that most people think the i7 980x its better.
i7 980x + rampage iii extreme motherboard + 16GB Ram + GTX 480.
i hope this sounds good and runs the 4K smothly in general.
Why do you specify 16 GB of RAM for a triple channel CPU? You should go right to the maximum of 24 GB so you have all memory channels equal especially for your 4k resolution..
I suggest you start reading on the hardware, because if your friend depends on your advise, you better make sure what you are talking about.
16 GB on a X58 mobo is completely wrong. Either 12 or 24 GB is the only sensible approach, unless you want to cripple a new system from the start.
Right so if he uses 12GB or 24GB he will be in the safe side....
a 980x stock will outperform a dual Xeon up to 2.8GHZ.
after that the dual xeons start to win. (2.93 and up)
it also depends on layer count, effects count and codec and color bit depth. the nastier the project the more the Xeons will do better.
where a standard AVCHD with 3-5 layers would be better on the 980x (price point per performance)
note i have not talked about OCing at this point.
assuming OCing both platforms, 2 xeons @ 4GHz are better than 1 980x @ 4ghz..
the question is do you need that kind of horsepower. most do not. and its not cheap.
lastly the system needs to be balanced. it would be foolish to have say a dual xeon @ 4ghz, 12 gig ram and only 3 hdds.
vs a 980x @4ghz 24gig ram and an 8 drive raid.