I'm looking forward to building my rendering computer after spending nights reading benchmarks, forums and articles...
Budget: ~3000 dollars
Intel i7 3930k
Kingston Hyper X 32Gb ram
ASRock X79 Extreme7 Mainboard
Samsung 128 Gb SSD
WD Caviar black 1 TB
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850W
Corsair hydro h100 water cooling
Nzxt phantom white case
I have no one in the industry or possessing these parts to ask so i think i might have a better chance here.
I'm counting on your support and advice regarding especially the video card. I would like to have good viewport performance especially with heavy foliage and architecture scenes. I do use 2 monitors ( 21" and 27" ) but the 21" is almost always used for reading or comparing so no acceleration needed.
I would choose the gainward gtx580 phantom 3gb. The only problem is that it is hard to find. Will the same card but with half memory version (1.5 gb) be enough? I read as much as I could but i'm still not sure. How important is the memory for viewport acceleration?