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Building a grphic workstation rig, need compatibility check + tips pls

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July 31, 2008 5:57:01 PM

I have done my research and have come up with this list :D  before I get the parts, I need some help in making sure that these will be compatible or I can make some changes too:

Intel S975XBX2 T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX Workstation Board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PNY VCQFX3700-PCIE-PB Quadro FX3700 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Server Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I will be using it for digital content creation with Maya, ZBrush, Photoshop, etc
Any help, suggestions and tips will be much appreciated :) 
Also I have few extra questions:
1. I'm not entirely sure if the motherboard will fit the casing?
2. should I get q6700 instead? as in: is the difference in performance worth the price, and if its necessary?
3. is 610W psu enough?

Thanks a lot :) 
July 31, 2008 6:13:34 PM

if you going to use it for 3D/2D artwork, i would change the ram to 8g. Overclock the cpu, get yourself a nice heatsink. Change the videocard to an updated one ati or nivdia. Get a 64bit OS xp or vista.
July 31, 2008 6:24:18 PM

Yeah, I planned to get 64bit XP too, and due to limited budget, I think will get 4g ram first with possibility to upgrade to 8g in the future. The videocard is nvidia quadro 3700 I read some really good reviews on newegg and thats just about the most expensive i can go for a card, the 4500 is too expensive too me, but wondering if you got any specific suggestions for a better deal for the card? and is there anything wrong with the whole setup at all?
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July 31, 2008 7:27:21 PM

anyone got any ideas if there's anything wrong before I go n buy them? I don't really have any experience in DIY computer building so any help will be great.... A friend of mine hopefully will help me to assemble, but at the moment he's kinda out of reach. My minimum knowledge in this (only that I have been researching for this last few weeks) is what doubts me :??:  Thanks
July 31, 2008 8:17:29 PM

Hi dominic_rl nd, I’ve been evaluating the plausibility of switching my clients to a x64 bit environment & I can tell you that Abobe Master Collect CS3 is very buggy on WindowsXP x64 SP2.

My evaluations of Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 are still in progress but so far so good. I can at least say that Photoshop CS3 Extended has been working fine to date, but I am far from finishing my evaluations.

If you go with a x64 bit Operation System definitely use at least 8 gig of RAM, otherwise what’s the point? And if you do this is your Motherboard really the most suitable?

Regards, Dizz
July 31, 2008 9:08:02 PM

dizz said:
Hi dominic_rl nd, I’ve been evaluating the plausibility of switching my clients to a x64 bit environment & I can tell you that Abobe Master Collect CS3 is very buggy on WindowsXP x64 SP2.

My evaluations of Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 are still in progress but so far so good. I can at least say that Photoshop CS3 Extended has been working fine to date, but I am far from finishing my evaluations.

If you go with a x64 bit Operation System definitely use at least 8 gig of RAM, otherwise what’s the point? And if you do this is your Motherboard really the most suitable?

Regards, Dizz


I see, no problem so far with vista x64? Hmm I may go with vista x64... since I use adobe master collection cs3 for photoshop, premier and after effects a lot. I'm interested to follow your evaluations, if you have any plan to post it in the future. And 8 gig of ram is definitely not a bad idea at all, now i think i should go with 8 gig, lol. :D 
July 31, 2008 10:04:50 PM

I say don't waste your time with a Quadro card, unless you going into lots of dynamics to do hardware rendering. My friend is in the game industry and uses sli 8800s.

Get two 8800 GTs, you good to go

I say go 64bit Windows it does help with render time in Maya.

and waste more money on a motherboard that allows dual processors. 8 cores would be good

From my experience I never really overkilled with ram. 4GBs is good, you can always check when rendering how much your system is utilizing.
August 1, 2008 12:12:41 AM

64bit XP is buggy. vista is MUCH better in 64bit.
August 1, 2008 10:08:37 AM

Hi dominic_rl nd, I have a wide diversity of clients & performance without sacrificing stability is absolutely critical.

I’ve been evaluating the x64 OS environment on & off for the last 12 months, I was hoping that SP1 would fix Vista’s woes & likewise SP2 for XP, unfortunately neither Service Pack has managed to solve the numerous issues that seem to plague the respective x64 bit environments.

Remember, from my perspective; the comparison is against a well seasoned WindowsXP SP3 that has been completely tweaked & customised.

I see this as a particularly frustrating time for the informed consumer the dilemma is that; WindowsXP (32) can be configured, to consistently outperform Vista (32) on identical performance hardware. But WindowsXP (32) development is at an end!

Setting aside the bugs & issues, my performance evaluations find that; Vista (64) with 4gig of RAM is on par with a tweaked WindowsXP Sp3 & that Vista (64) only “really” shines when it has 8gig of ram at its disposal. I should probably mention that the Intel Q6600 has been the CPU of choice during these evaluations & that perhaps a dual-core CPU might yield kinder results but I’m only speculating on the later. In any event all my clients use over-clocked Q6600’s.

Finally you should note that I am responsible for the computer woe of many, so I must lean on the side of caution & I cannot deploy Vista (64) yet! However there are many users who will be largely unaffected by Vista's (64) issues, perhaps you are one.

Good luck & I hope this helps

Regards, Dizz
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