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August 7, 2006 9:07:16 AM

Hi! :D 

This is my first post here, Im building a professional workstation for 3d animation, FX, video editing and Post Production.

Those are de components I've chose:

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MotherBoard:

ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1685...

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CPU:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.67GHz 1066FSB 4MB LGA775
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Sc...

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RAM:

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

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Hard Drives (Dos Arreglos RAID 0):

Sistema:( 2X) Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822144160

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Almacenaje:( 2X) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136003

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Tarjeta de Video:

ATI FireGL™ V7300 512MB Workstation Graphics Accelerator with Avivo™ Technology

http://www.buytechware.com/products/item_405.asp

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Power Supply:

HIPER HPU-4B580-MS ATX12V 580W Power Supply 100 - 120V - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

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SATA II Controller:

HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 PCI Express x4 (x8 and x16 slot compatible) SATA II Controller Card RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

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I hope you can give me some advices or opinions about the components I'm almost ready to buy. Thanks! :wink:

PS: Sorry for my bad english :oops: 
September 18, 2006 10:01:44 PM

Did you ever build this?

I have an Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP board and the RocketRAID 2310 and they just won't play ball. In the primary PCI-E slot (which I need to use for the graphics card), the 2310 sees the disks, but isn't stable and Windows crashed, reported problems with files and then hung in the 2310_00.sys driver during boot - no recovery. In the other PCIEX16 slot, the 2310's BIOS pops up during boot, but it can't see the attached disks.

Pretty hopeless. I'm on the latest (as yet unreleased) BIOS for the 2310 (v1.1A) which HighPoint sent me, but it doesn't make a difference.

I suspect either a PCI-E slot ID problem or an unresolved IRQ issue. HighPoint say they'll look into it for me and let me know within a day or two.

Not best pleased because there's nothing weird about the board. Pretty standard components, so there really shouldn't be a problem.

Karl
September 18, 2006 10:26:44 PM

Quote:
Hi! :D 

This is my first post here, Im building a professional workstation for 3d animation, FX, video editing and Post Production.

Those are de components I've chose:

_______________________________________________________
MotherBoard:

ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1685...

_______________________________________________________

CPU:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.67GHz 1066FSB 4MB LGA775
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Sc...

_______________________________________________________

RAM:

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

_______________________________________________________

Hard Drives (Dos Arreglos RAID 0):

Sistema:( 2X) Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822144160

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Almacenaje:( 2X) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136003

_______________________________________________________

Tarjeta de Video:

ATI FireGL™ V7300 512MB Workstation Graphics Accelerator with Avivo™ Technology

http://www.buytechware.com/products/item_405.asp

_______________________________________________________

Power Supply:

HIPER HPU-4B580-MS ATX12V 580W Power Supply 100 - 120V - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

_______________________________________________________

SATA II Controller:

HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 PCI Express x4 (x8 and x16 slot compatible) SATA II Controller Card RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

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I hope you can give me some advices or opinions about the components I'm almost ready to buy. Thanks! :wink:

PS: Sorry for my bad english :oops: 

why are you not buying the cpu form the same place as the other stuff?
and you may want to get dual dual-core cpu parts form www.monarchcomputer.com or wait for amd 4x4 or intel qaud-core.
also if you are haveing the parts shiped to a place out side of the us you may want to buy them in the same place as you are in
September 25, 2006 10:25:39 PM

Looks good to me. I'm also to make a workstation soon, for 3D animation, but not such a powerful one as yours here.

Though I have though about when you have this sick CPU and GPU, why not buy 2 GB RAM more? And I don't think, in my opinion, that you need all that space. The 2 raptors should be fine, or one 150 GB raptor. So my advice will be to switch to one, or two if you like, 150 GB raptor HDD, and buy additionally 2 GB RAM, of same type, so you don't lack memory when you are rendering all those heavy scenes.

I usualy burn my finished work down on a CD or DVD, so it doesn't take all that HDD space. And another advice, compress your videos with a zip program. I have a AVI file on my computer which takes 51,5 MB normally, and 5 MB when compressed with ZipGenius. It will help you very much.
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