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August 22, 2006 12:58:55 AM

Hi All,

I am building a computer for video editing, effects, and 3D modeling and animation. I will be spending the main part of my time on this computer editing and doing effects using Premier Pro and After Effects.

I have done quite a bit of reading and decided to build my system around the Opteron 200 series chips. I am posting the parts that I am thinking about getting below to see what you all think, and hoping that if there are any hardware incompatibilities you can point them out. I have done a lot of adding in new parts to computers and replacing dead parts. but as this is the first time that I will be building a computer completely from the ground up I would ask for some advice.

SUPERMICRO H8DCE-O Dual Socket 940 NVIDIA nForce4 Professional 2200 Extended ATX Server Motherboard

2x AMD Dual-Core Opteron 265 Italy 1000MHz HT 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 940 Processor

XFX PV-T71G-UDF7 GeForce 7900 GT (470MHz) 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

2x Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Server System Memory

SeaSonic S12-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply 100 - 240V UL, CE, CB, FCC

ASYS CK-1022-5 Black/Silver 1.0 mm SECC Chassis, Plastic Front Panel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I am still looking at hard drives and trying to figure out how I would like set them up. I will probably do some kind of RAID.

I will also get a few more fans for in side the case.

I am open to suggestions. None of this is carved in stone yet.

Thanks in advance.
Nateo

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August 22, 2006 2:13:53 AM

Wait for Socket F which should be out in the next 30 days, it will be considerably better than the current Opteron lineup. This adds DDR2 support for memory and the ability to popin a quad core CPU next year without a motherboard change.
August 22, 2006 2:31:29 AM

The same thing I was going to say.
Wait for Socket F (LGA design...) and nForce Professional 3000 series.
Tyan already has some mobos.
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August 22, 2006 3:37:13 PM

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Wait for Socket F which should be out in the next 30 days, it will be considerably better than the current Opteron lineup. This adds DDR2 support for memory and the ability to popin a quad core CPU next year without a motherboard change.


Sweet. :D  Thanks.
September 28, 2006 1:24:17 AM

Ok. Now that socket F or 1207 is out, here is the new build that I am thinking about.

ASUS KFN5-D SLI Dual Socket 1207 NVIDIA nForce Professional 3600 Extended ATX Server Motherboard

2X - AMD Opteron 2210(WOF) Santa Rosa 1.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket F Dual Core Processor

2X - CORSAIR 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR2 667

XFX PV-T71G-UDE7 Geforce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

I will be putting in five hard drives. Four 250 drives in a RAID 5 and one 120 as a system drive.

I will be putting in two DVD burners.

I would like some advice on what case and power supply to get. And to find out if these parts will even work together.

I don't care if the case has fancy light or not. It just needs to hold lots of hard drives and fit with Extended ATX mother boards.

Oh, I also do a fair amount of audio mastering and am wondering about sound cards. I was thinking about something like.

AuzenTech XPlosion 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Thanks,
Nateo
September 28, 2006 1:37:38 AM

ATI cards are better choice if you doing video editing, effects, and 3D modeling and animation.ATIs pic quality is impressive...
Try X1900XT or GT
September 28, 2006 2:18:18 AM

Really? I was under the impression that Ati's cards are slightly inferior for OpenGL. Also some of the 3D work that I do is in Blender which has problems with Ati cards.
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