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Hi, in need of a new workstation (barely any gaming), and I get a good discount from both (and only) Falcon-NW and Voodoo, and I've got a few questions.

1) Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme X6800 2.93GHz VS. 2x AMD Opteron Processor Dual Core Model 875

I need the best for CAD, Maya, 3ds max, photoshop, etc. My guess is the Opteron, but I'm not sure.

2) 2x nVidia GeForce 8800Ultra 768MB VS. 2x NVIDIA Quad FX 5500 XP2

Again, "I need the best for CAD, Maya, 3ds max, photoshop, etc." Does the Quadro offer directx 10 capabilites? I'm not sure the exact BIOS differences between the two cards. Would the 8800 offer a lot less (m)CAD performance, or only a little bit less? *note* xeon (aka core 2 quad) chip doesn't offer SLI with the Quadro, would this lesson my performance?

The chip and card are the only disputes between the two, thanks for all the help, hope some 3D professionals can help me out here!

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I'd question the maker's. Why?

In reply to: NEW WORKSTATION --Questions

If those makers didn't answer your questions then how will they do when you have a real problem. You may have shown good reason not to do business with them.


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qx6800 is faster than two opterons. rendering in maya and 3ds max, is cpu dependent, so the quad-core should be your choice.

the video card helps viewport performance in cad apps and quadros/firegls are better choices than geforces/radeons if budget is not an issue (and it seems that its not). sli will not really help you in cad and any videocard will do for photoshop.

dx10 support is only of importance for gaming so a geforce 8800 brings nothing to your professional apps' table.

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thanks, both of your posts helped, and yes, I did question the makers and got solid answers, similiar to ramarc's post.

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