Hi, sorry to butt in again
But thanks for all the advice in this thread, even the conversation on graphic card & monitors are cool:) Wow, seems like all you have a nice workstation setup. I can't wait to have mine in the future.
Just for update, I haven't finalize my choice yet even up to this moment and my boss is still bugging me daily to get the Alienware lol
. Now my choice gets harder when our admin manager opened an option for a Mac pro (8-core version). But like what Solo & other guys mentioned above, Mac only offers ATI cards and after looking at different negative comments on web, It's difficult to take the risk.
Image below is my current short list, and here's my remarks, open for comments/suggestions:
1. Alienware ALX 51 - my office might get this, being tied to Dell since day one. I like the i7 980x benchmark but I don't need those cool light effects & vents. Does SLI boosts SKU performance? I also fear the common overheating issues discussed on web.
2. Dell Precision T7500 - this is a possible upgrade to my T3500, which is not performing well. Xeon x5675 is close in rank with i7980x benchmark. Quadro 4000 seems good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKP-bLcS2X4
3. Boxx 3970xTreme- I'm tempted with CPU @4.5ghz memory at 2133 and SSD. Does SSD boosts SKU performance? I'm worried for future maintenance parts/repairs. They only have reseller here in Hong Kong. I fear the very noisy fan as shown in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA_ys2kOsLs
, my colleagues are seated just 2 feet away
I hope being overclocked doesn't mean prone to overheat. I plan to use this about 14hrs, Mon-Fri.
4. Mac Pro - two processor is also tempting, though Xeon model wasn't specified. My worries on availability/price/compatibility with AutoCAD software and ATI's performance with SKU.