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I need help building a computer. I have $5,500, 3D animation/rendering/Auto-CAD/I own all Adobe products.

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August 5, 2014 3:59:30 PM

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...
Thank You

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August 5, 2014 4:10:18 PM

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.

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August 5, 2014 6:39:36 PM


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:

> where all the Autodesk certified cards for Maya are Quadro / Firepro. If you have or even plan to use one application that must have a workstation card, that will be he governing factor.

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CPU OPT’L > (2) Intel Xeon Processor E5-2637 v2 Four core 3.5 / 3.8 GHz 15M Cache >$1992 ($996 each)

Motherboard > ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI EEB > $498 (Has 7X PCIe x16 slots)


CPU Cooler > (2) CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW) High Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm > $130 ($65 ea)


RAM > 1 >. 64GB (4 X 16GB, 1866 ECC Reg ) Samsung MEM-DR316L-SL02-ER18 M393B2G70QH0-CMA K4B4G0446Q-HCMA 2 RoHS Low Profile > $584 ($146 ea) >


GPU > 2X) EVGA 06G-P4-3787-KR GeForce GTX 780 6GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support SC w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card $1150 ($550 each)(=12GB, 6,604 CUDA cores!)


HD 1 > SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE512BW 2.5" 512GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) > $400 (OS and Applications)


HD 2 and 3 > (2) Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST2000NM0033 2TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive > $ 394 ($197 ea) (RAID 1) (Files, system Image)


Power Supply > CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply > $160.


Optical Drive > SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE - OEM > $20

Case > LIAN LI PC-D600 No Power Supply EATX Full Tower Case (Black/Silver) > $330


OS > Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit- OEM > $190


TOTAL = $5848

A bit over budget.

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):

(2X) Intel Xeon E5-2630 v2 Ivy Bridge-EP 2.6 / 3.1GHz, 15MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 80W Server Processor BX80635E52630V2 $1220 ($610 each) ( = - $772)(= 12 cores/ 24 threads)

TOTAL= $5076.

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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