Proposed Workstation - any thoughts? (only if you have a moment)

Discussion in 'Multiprocessing Systems' started by Bikerchris, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Bikerchris

    Bikerchris n00bie

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    APOLOGIES - PERHAPS THIS SHOULD BE IN THE HARDWARE AREA

    Hello all,

    First of all, what an interesting forum full of very knowledgeable fellows :)

    After about 5 years using a 2500K i5, 16GB RAM and a GTX 560 Ti, it's starting to show it's age and so I thought I'd upgrade. As a self-employed bod', it'll be tax deductible so replacing it will be a good investment.

    So far I have my heart set on:

    CPU: E5-1650V4
    MOBO: Asus X99-E WS
    RAM: 32GB 2400MHz (ECC, 4 x 8GB)
    Graphics: GTX 1070

    Any thoughts on this? My main programmes are:
    1. AutoCAD (2D/3D use)
    2. Sketchup (possibly 3DMax one day)
    3. CPU based rendering application (possibly CPU and GPU based rendering application in future)
    4. May be video editing if I could just be bothered.
    5. Normal things, web, FTP, Photoshoppery
    I deliberated for a good while about ECC memory, and decided to go with it - so that is the only decision that's fixed.

    Initially I was very keen on modestly priced SuperMicro boards, but they had some odd quirks.

    I was quite interested in a Quadro P4000, but my brain just won't permit it - any comments are welcome. I was very tempted to buy both and simply send back the least performing card, but I'm not sure I have the time or the inclination.

    Going the Xeon route may be overkill, but as reliable as an i7 will be, I still want a system that'll run during the day with mostly single threaded apps and rendering at night (scheduled). I also want as little chance of downtime as financially possible, because if my computer goes pop, I'm letting people down which will effect my income (and I like food!).

    Thanks in advance, and if you know waaaaaay more than me, please be nice :)
     
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  2. Nathan_P

    Nathan_P [H]ard DCOTM x2

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    My recommendation would be to wait until the release of both skylake X and the upcoming naples chips from Intel/AMD respectively. They are likely to offer a lot more in terms of platform capabilities and core count.
     
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    Thank you Nathan, very kind of you to comment and mention about the up and coming new chips. I wonder when they'll be available, any ideas?
     
  4. Nathan_P

    Nathan_P [H]ard DCOTM x2

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    Naples is due Q2 so April-June, Skylake-X is August.
     
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    Thanks again Nathan, very much appreciated. Sadly I don't think I can wait until then for the skylake x as I need to buy it within the next month to get the expenses in for this year. Always goes this way it seems!