New computer for simulation

Hi people!

We need to buy a new computer for simulation purposes. Our system has a 6 axis platform with 4 3D projectors + one desktop screen. The 3D projectors are connected by two dvi connectors for stereo. Now, we have a five computers running that but we need to remove this cluster and run all in only one machine.

Our budget is about 10000€. Can you help me? Our bigger problem is choosing the graphics cards

Thanks vey much!

PD: We need to use Nvidia graphics because the software uses physx
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    The following configuration was done in consideration of the best cost /performance basis suitable for high calculation density requirements > Mathematical, Astrophysical, vector analysis, particle, fluid, gas flow, and thermal simulation, statistical analysis, molecular biology, static and dynamic structural, 2D/ 3D CAD modeling, video editing, sound processing, graphic design, rendering, architecture, industrial design, financial analysis. >

    BambiBoom CalcuPixelCannon Simlucadamatharific IWork Supermodeler TurboSnark 9000 ™?™©®©$_ 5.13.14

    1. (2) Xeon E5-2687W v2 3.4 / 4.0GHz 8-core / 16 thread Processors - Socket FCLGA2011 - Intel > $4488 ($2244 ea)

    2. (2) Cooler Master Nepton 140XL - PC CPU Liquid Water Cooling System, Push-Pull Kit with 140mm Radiator and 2 JetFlo Fans - Cooler Master > $205.10 ($102 each) ( See > Note 6)

    3. Asus Z9PE-D16 Dual LGA2011 Xeon/Intel C602-A PCH/4GbE/SSI EEB Server Motherboard (ASMB6-IKVM) - Asus > $439.99

    4. 128GB Kingston Technology ValueRAM (8x16GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC Reg CL13 DIMM DR x4 with TS Server Memory > about $1,400 (Important > The exact model memory should be selected from the ASUS Approved Vendors List for the Asus Z9PE-D16)

    5. NVIDIA Quadro K5000 4GB GDDR5 Graphics card (PNY Part #: VCQK5000-PB) - PNY > $1,799.00 (Includes 2X DVI output)( The specifications and performance tests of this GPU convince me that this is one of the top all-round graphics cards available.) (See note below about the possibility of needing two K5000 cards)

    6. Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW - Samsung > $396.95 (Operating system and Applications)

    7. (5) Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5-Inch HDD (Constellation ES) 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gbps 128 MB Cache Internal Bare Drive ST2000NM0033 - Seagate > $760 ($151.99 ea) (Configure in RAID 1+0)(File Storage and system Image)

    8. Seasonic PLATINUM-1000 1000W 80Plus Platinum EPS12V / ATX12V Power Supply (SS-1000XP) - Seasonic > $278.95

    9. Lian Li PC-D8000 Aluminum EATX Full Tower Computer Case - Lian-Li > $441.94

    10. Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging) - Microsoft Software; Software > $139.99


    TOTAL= $10,450.66 [= 7586€]


    1. The prices are in US Dollars and sources from Newegg, Amazon, and Superbiiz US. Without knowing in which country the system is used, I estimate the price in Euros to be approximately 9500-11000€.

    2. This configuration is somewhat generic so as to include a wider range of capabilities.

    3. Without knowing more about the display connections and resolutions, it's possible that the system may require two Quadro K5000 (not is SLI) in order to provide enough connections and GPU power. A single K5000 includes 2X DVI and 2X DisplayPort connections.

    4. OPT"L 1 > If the budget allows, substitute for Quadro K5000 > NVIDIA Quadro K6000 VCQK6000-PB 12GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Workstation Video Card ,> $4,999. Substantially enhanced 3D modeling and large file capabilites.

    5. OPT'L 2 > Future expansion > ADD'L > NVIDIA TESLA K20 (900-22081-2220-000) GK110 5GB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 3.52 Tflops Workstation Video Card - OEM,> $3,100 . The NVIDIA Tesla series adds substantial CUDA calculation capabilities for task-specific custom algorithmic applications such as PhysX and MATLAB.

    6. Cooling : Intel recommends liquid cooling for the 150W Xeon E5-2687w v2 and while the suggested CPU coolers may be adequate, this kind of system should have careful consideration of the cooling subsystem. Simulations (and rendering ) can utilize all cores / threads and GPU power at maximum performance for long periods of time and produce tremendous heat. consideration might include a dedicated, custom liquid system, large multiple fan /radiators, substantial case cooling fans, and a front case-mounted temperature monitor and fan controller.



    HP z420 (2014) > Xeon E5-1620 quad core @ 3.6 / 3.8GHz > 24GB ECC 1600 RAM > Quadro 4000 (2GB)> Samsung 840 SSD 250GB /Western Digital Black WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > AE3000 USB WiFi > HP 2711X, 27" 1920 X 1080 > Windows 7 Ultimate 64 >[Passmark system rating = 3923, 2D= 839 / 3D=2048]

    Dell Precision T5400 (2008) > 2X Xeon X5460 quad core @3.16GHz > 16GB ECC 667> Quadro FX 4800 (1.5GB) > WD RE4 500GB / Seagate Barracuda 500GB > M-Audio 2496 Sound Card / Linksys 600N WiFi > Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit >[Passmark system rating = 1859, 2D= 512 / 3D=1097]

    2D, 3D CAD, Image Processing, Rendering, Text > Architecture, industrial design, graphic design, written projects [AutoCad, Revit, 3ds Max, Vray, Solidworks, Sketchup, Adobe CS, WordPerfect, MS Office]
  2. Thanks for your answer!! We will try to use more commercial hardware. Thanks again.
  3. oh wow, If you need server power, you'll find this will crush anything, especially two!

    Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2

    12 Coresx2 = 24 cores, 30MB L3 cachex2 = 60MB L3 Cache, you'll be loaded for even the most demanding tasks, you'll never know how much you'll need until you get these.

    If you need serious GPU power, AMD are leading in this, Smashing Nvidia with their FirePro cards, though cut back on the CPU if you get this;

    AMD 100-505725 FirePro W9100 16GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFire Supported Workstation Video Card
  4. Thanks for your answer!

    I know ATI have more powerfull than NVIDIA now, but our simultors works over PhysX, and you know, PhyX is only for NVIDIA cards.
  5. ok, best to go Physx (Nvidia).
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