Custom Workstation (Incomplete)

Here is my custom workstation build, how does it look?

No cooling yet, I'm not even sure if things will fit in that case. I like 200r.

Open to comments/suggestions. Looking for a good setup.
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  1. if you want to go SLI, it is better to use full tower case. more room, better airflow

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($568.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus X79 DELUXE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($345.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($182.80 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($169.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES.3 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($321.98 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($377.99 @ Staples)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($377.99 @ Staples)
    Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Titanium Grey) ATX Full Tower Case ($102.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $3273.66
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-12 11:22 EST-0500)
  2. What will this workstation be doing?

    My thoughts:

    I see no problem fitting all in your case.

    If it is not for gaming, then dual GTX770 cards is overkill.

    I might prefer more and different 2gb drives. 4gb drives may be less reliable.
    Read this:

    For a cooler, I would use a noctua NH-D14 SSO:
  3. Thank you for the replies,

    @AMD Radeon
    I have to get the pieces from my country, Turkey, Fractal Design cases sadly are not present here :/ I don't like a case that looks fancy, like most of the cases. the reason I like 200r was that, it is simple and good at the same time.

    This will be a render machine, mainly for 3D. For unbiased GPU based rendering machines, I took dual 770s for optimal price/performance.
  4. Exactly what kind of graphics does your rendering app support?

    I suspect that sli is not appropriate. sli takes the compute power of two cards to increase the frame presentation rate to a single monitor. That is important for gaming.

    Some apps can use the CUDA capabilities of Nvidia cards. The maximum number of CUDA cores that can be used falls well short of the number on the GTX770. A stronger single card like a GTX780ti or titan might be more appropriate if a large number of cores can actually be used.
    I am no expert on rendering. Do some investigation on what will maximize performance on your apps.

    Since a SSD is so much faster than the fastest hard drive, (2-3x)perhaps your work files should be directed to some SSD's instead of hard drives. You can now buy 1tb ssd drives from Samsung.
  5. @geofelt
    Most GPU based render engines support multiple GPU units. Arion, Octane, VrayRT, and others. They use Cuda cores to render out; therefore as many processing power as possible for the best performance. Single 780Ti is worse than dual 770's, processing-power wise, therefore, I picked 770s as the sweetspot for price/performance.

    SSD's are also nice, yes, but for long renders it will only matter in terms of miliseconds per file (compared to non SSD), which will not change much overall. Therefore, again, bigger drives are better (more important) in my case, which will not be possible with any SSD's right now.
  6. Which render app will you use?

    I did some research comparing the card cost with the number of CUDA cards. The GTX770 with 1536 cuda cores is indeed very good. Better than the GTX780ti, titan, or even GTX760.
    But, the GTX780 prices have come down. With 2304 cuda cores, I calculate that it is a slightly better performance per dollar than the GTX770. Check that out with your prices.

    Since your app is so heavily cpu bound, have you considered using a dual cpu workstation motherboard?
    Something like this ?
  7. @Geofelt I already listed the rendering engines: Octane3d, Arion, VrayRT. CPU is needed indeed, for After Effects and other CPU based renderers, however the main 3D renderers I will use are the ones that I've counted, which are all GPU powered.

    Therefore, a XEON system will just be overpriced for what I'm going to do. I don't mind waiting a few minutes more for my CPU based renders, but if I cut down the processing power from GPUs, it'll be a nightmare. With current GPU render engine solutions, it's possible to render a scene that takes 2 hours in just 10 minutes. No CPU boost can match that.
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