I need a MB that allows me to upgrade the system as I go along.
I would like two Xeon processors, 6 cores will work for now.
I need 4 Nvidia cards with as many CUDA cores as possible.
I'm using Octane Render for the rendering engine. I'm also using Chief Architect and Soft Plan.
This will be used for Rendering House Images.
The video cards need to handle high polygon counts. I'm thinking about using 4 GTX 670 Nvidia cards to get the Cuda Core count up to 12,000..
What MB would someone recommend. What kind of Ram, Power supply, do i need two processors or just one? Does the i7 work well for Auto-CAD?
I really don't want to blow this purchase guys... Any advice would be appreciated...
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4 nvidia cards? Usually the workstation cards you only need 1 or 2. Because the k5000 is basically two k4000's. And the k6000 is basically two k5000's. And one card is usually more efficient and doesn't come with the trouble and drivers of sli-ing. So, saying you want 4 cards doesn't really make sense.
Also, usually budget determines how many cards you want.
Two 12 core xeon processors? That's gonna be a lot of money. Including hyper threads? Or no?
For now you want two 4 core processors? One 8 core processor would be cheaper and perform better.
The external SSD port is easy with a good pc case.
Here is a system idea revised to include (some of) the features you're after and suitable performance. For the CPU, the Xeon E5-2637 v2 Four core 3.5 / 3.8 I think is somewhat expensive, but fast enough to keep work happiness high and the fast 2600-series E5's will be much more sought after when offered for sale- you'll have a higher proportion of the cost back to apply towards the dual 12 cores later. There's a cheaper alternative whihc is to buy slower 6-core CPU's. with animations and rendering though, a high clock speed is important however. I've seen a number of references to SLI becoming ineffective after 2 cards and actually detrimental - slower- after 3 cards, so I would suggest two really good cards. You don;t mention the exact programs to be used, but check carefully in the event you must have a worskstation- Quadro / Firerpo for any of the applications. My understanning is that Maya is not always happy on GTX for example:
If the budget is fixed or if the priority is core / thread count rather than clock speed, then the Xeon E5-2637 v2 CPU's can become a slower but 6-core CPU (= 12 cores / 24 threads to 8 cores / 16 threads = adds 50% to number of threads):
The Xeon E5-2600 series has a few gaps when it comes to clock speeds and prices, but the trade-off of clock speed to core count may suit the use and saves costs. However, 3D animation, especially with a lot of textures or particles, and effects processing seems to takes a lot of computing speed. More cores usually mean slower clock speeds. The faster 12-core E5-2676 is a 2.7 / 3.5GHz, not bad, but also $2,700. T
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