So my dad is ordering a workstation for work at home.
Originally he had a Dell build that was $4200 for a Q6600 and 2 EXPENSIVE FX 1700s (lol)
I offered to build one for him to save some money....this is what i threw together:
hes a radiologist.....he views high resolution x-rays, ct's, stuff like that.....
The problem with 64-bit is it might be incompatible with the software (some of it is pretty old)....their builds at work run xp pro and thats what i added (forgot to mention that)
The problem with the x2 is that i need 3 monitors and the simplest way was just 2 4870s. I guess 4850s would be fine
but then again higher cost means more for labor jk
I just wasnt sure if the 50's could easily handle 24's
At first I thought you were just being a jerk and building a gaming comp with dad's money
After living with the build for a few minutes, I saw your points... but I agree that the cards are overkill.
2 9600GTs would do just as well. Or two 3870s if it makes you happy.
Also, this would be one of those rare instances where DDR3 might actually be worthwhile. I have seen some comparisons that show good performance on memory intensive apps, with high end x48 boards and DDR3.
If you didn't go that route, then it would work out better to get a good P45 board, with eSATA, firewire, lots of USB ports, etc. The PCI-E 2.0 slots at x8 would handle 2D just as well or possibly better than x48.
See the problem I have with the twin 4850s in this build is the heat. Granted it's not much more cash over a 3870, but there is the cooling solution to consider. I think given the use it's better to just have cards venting out the back.
Then there is the case, with little airflow. Those 4850s will heat that case up too much.
I got the P182 cause its nice and quiet...nothing crazy
problem with that TJ (even though i love them) is the price they can justify it but its crazy
He might take me out of the will for that thing lol (he hates technology needs help turning on the tv )
For GPUs how bout 2 GTX+s (hate that damn plus) but they are similar to the 4850 and dual slot not bad right?
As for Signature i kno they are amazing (might get the 850 for myself) present to myself
So HP or Samsung i mean Samsung i kno is good. But HP is new but get amazing reviews. Do u have personal experience with any?
Edit: How bout the Asus P45 Deluxe instead of the X48?
and also what about Raid? You still need a floppy drive for it or just do it in the BIOS?
No I use an Acer, that was bought back when they cost more and was all I could afford.
I think HP is more likely to arrive in good shape.
I have always thought ATI handled 2D better than nVidia, but maybe someone else will chime in on that.
You are right about the 9800GTX+ being similar and better cooled.
I have an idle speculation here... the total amount of available memory in an MS 32-bit OS with 4Gb in the system is determined by a combination of things. One of those, if I understand correctly, is the amount of video memory used. On Crossfire or SLI I think only one card's memory is directly addressed, and so only 512megs is lost.
However, when running two separate 512 cards, I'm thinking you loose a whopping 1Gb of memory addresses to just the video. Add in the other reserved addresses and you MIGHT be down to around 2.5Gb of available system memory.
I'm not 100% sure on that, but thought it would be worth bringing up. If that were true, it might be better to have 256meg cards.
1 for windows and 2 for viewing images (x rays, cts, etc)
you know you could get 2600pro for the viewing images. This one can be passively cooled. Its too strong for viewing images anyway, but its a lot cheaper and wont add to the heat much if at all.
I think that going with hd 3870 as the main card is the better idea if you dont plan on playing too many 3d games. 3870 really is super fast with direct3d and all professional programs that support it. Its actually noticeably faster than 9800gtx+ for this. If the application is OpenGL bound, I'd prefer nvidia card pushing it. You can also get 8600gt for the image viewing in this scenario.