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Suggestions for 3D rendering computer

Hey guyz,

I need to offer some real Godzilla ultra super-trouper beast for a 3D rendering studio guyz. This machine will be used primarily for 3D design setup and 3D rendering with 3DS Max, probably latest version 2013. Designers will try to get out most of it.

Now, as I will supply hardware, I would like to have some suggestions about what component should I push higher and what could I drop out. My starting point is here:

CPU
As my base platform only supports Intel XEON processors, I am wondering here:
- should I go with more CPU CORES (4,6,8), or rather with higher CPU FREQUENCY at maybe some core less?
- should I put 2 CPUs in machine, or better 1 CPU with maximum cores?

RAM
I'd put 32 GB of DDR3-1600, but can go higher if your experience tels so.

DISKS
I plan to put in:
- 1 512GB SSD disk for system, virtual memory and application scratch disk
- 1 or 2 additional 1TB SATA disks for renderings
I am thinking about puting 2 SATA disks in RAID0 so to have maximum speed. As files are temporary there, there is no need for redundancy.
 
VIDEO - GRAPHICS CARD
Well, here I would like to put NVIDIA Tesla 2075 as main GPU. I have a lot of questions here:
- my configuration wizard is asking, if I want to configure this PC with Tesla as a "graphics card" or as a "graphics processor". I don't understand quite well - are those two roles exclusive, preset on HW level? If I use it as a GPU, does it mean that it won't work well as graphics card, or what?
- does Tesla 2075 need additional graphics card, or is it GPU and graphics card all in one?
- and MAIN QUESTION: what would bring more performance gain, Tesla 2075 or better main CPUs?
I mean...if I put Tesla 2075 in this machine, does it mean I can put some lower (=cheaper) XEON processors in it?

This machine will be priced approx. 11.000 EUR

So, in general, what would you suggest?
I am not asking for GENERAL oppinion, but for exact and precise answers from the people, who are using such a configurations.
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Ok, nice put.

So it's up to me to check NVIDIA Tesla 2075 & 3DS Max, how they dance together.

Unfortunatelly , I still don't have info about my case and how TESLA actually works. Acording to this post it seems like TESLA 2075 GPU is only good in couple with some other quadro graphics card.
Is this correct?

So what should I plug in for best rendering and design performance with 3DS Max and other suites?
You should really ask the company that writes the rendering software you plan to use what they recommend.  I've written GPU code in the past and can assure you that there are huge differences in platforms and SDKs.  The speeds and feeds one sees on the outside of the box do not all offer that same relative performance for any arbitrary application.

It is just this simple .. contact the tech support for even sales or the software and ask what they code and what they use to demo their software at trade shows, and go with that.
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Well, customer decided NOT to buy this machine from us, so it does not matter anymore.

But I like to get going with new knowledge, so thank you guyz for all efforts you put into explaining. I read a lot, but to be honest, some of you did not even read my initial post - but hey, we're just human, rite? ;)