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January 18, 2007 8:21:30 PM

Hi, noob here :oops: .

I'd like to hear your thoughts on this system, mainly gonna be used for work with 3D applications (Zbrush/Mudbox, 3D Max, Maya) and gaming from time to time.

ASUS P5N32-E SLI
Core 2 Duo E6700
Corsair Twin2x2048-6400? (4GB total)
ASUS Geforce 8800 GTS 640 MB
Western Digital Raptor 74Gb 16 Mb Cache (master drive)

I'm not sure which RAM (brand, or even clock speed) to choose, ive seen 900mhz and 1066Mhz clocks, but the board specs says 800mhz. The last system i built was back in 2000 so i'm a bit out of the loop, so excuse my ignorance.

Thanks for your feedback!

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January 19, 2007 12:39:45 AM

Hey,

MOBO: Go for a Asus P5B Deluxe it would save you a little bit.

CPU: Go for either the E6600 or the E6400

RAM: 4GB of RAM is too much 2GB would do just fine for now. Are you planning on OC'ing this system? if not the 667mhz or 533mhz of RAM would do. As for the brand I would go for OCZ, Corsair or G.Skill.

HD: That HD is way too small go for a 320 GB SATAII or SATA.
January 19, 2007 3:31:07 AM

Thanks for the reply.

Of course i could go for lower specs (heck i even chose a quad at first!), but i will be working with meshes in the 6 million range (surface details require high mesh resolution), it's frustrating to be limited by hardware so the CPU and RAM are quite important factors. Maybe 4gig is too much as you said.

I guess my question was which RAM specs would be better and is the board a good choice? I might overclock but not at first.

I will take a look at the P5B Deluxe :) .

Thanks.
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January 19, 2007 11:45:04 AM

The only reason to get the 680i is a) you sli or b) you want crazy overclock (500 fsb).

That is a sweet board. An alternative is:

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $229.99

newegg.com

The reason I think people recommend P965/975 is that those boards are ROCK STABLE. 680i has a lot of bugs right now. i.e. RAID data corruption (lost 500gb+ of data), jerky PS/2 mouse (use USB for now), unstable overclocks, frozen bios, etc. Some have zero issues, though. If you run into these issues, I'm afraid your board will pay a visit to the sledgehammer.

It's work. I'd want a rock stable workstation to work on. I wouldn't want to beta-test. I'd want to be productive.

And yes, I'd recommend ASUS P5B DELUXE, GIGABYTE DS3/DQ6, INTEL D975XBX/D975XBX2, MSI P965 Platinum & BIOSTAR TFORCE P965 DELUXE.

4 gigs aren't too much for your work. I think 4 gigs would be on the low end of a 3d rendering station. What you want is XP 64-bit. 32-bit will recognize up to 3.5 gigs.
January 19, 2007 4:01:51 PM

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Hey,

MOBO: Go for a Asus P5B Deluxe it would save you a little bit.


Agree - would be better price/performance, though either choice is fine.

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CPU: Go for either the E6600 or the E6400


Agree with E6600. It has the 4MB cache and is the sweet spot in pricing. As far as performance goes, it can be safely overclocked to 3GHz without any problems.

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RAM: 4GB of RAM is too much 2GB would do just fine for now. Are you planning on OC'ing this system? if not the 667mhz or 533mhz of RAM would do. As for the brand I would go for OCZ, Corsair or G.Skill.


The issue with 4GB of RAM is that a 32bit O/S can only address 4GB and the video RAM and ROM in various hardware devices all take up a chunk of those addresses. Essentially, you'll only get access to 3 of the 4 GB (the last one will sit unused as there are no addresses left to assign to it). That will change once people move to 64bit O/S, but even Vista will be run in 32bit mode in the majority of the cases as 64bit drivers aren't quite ready for prime time yet.

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HD: That HD is way too small go for a 320 GB SATAII or SATA.


Potentially a bad assumption. People who are not storing digital music and movies don't need tremendous amounts of storage. You can store a lot of word documents on a single gig.
January 19, 2007 5:36:42 PM

Thank you very much, valuable information guys i will revise my system specs and probably save some money.
January 19, 2007 8:50:17 PM

Forgot to ask, do 590 Sli boards suffer from same stability issues as 680i? more specifically the P5N32 from Asus? (not the P5N32-E which is 680i)

Thanks again.
January 19, 2007 9:24:52 PM

If you are very heavy on the digital software side of things you might want to consider the Quad Core (Not being funny)

But get the Q6600 rather than the QX6700.
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