As the Title/Category suggest, I am ready to build a workstation that can keep up with my web and graphic design work. CS4 and 3DS Max 2009 are my weapons of choice for my work and SolidWorks and AutoCad are my tools at school. I would like to build a machine that can save me time in all of the above.
I was hoping you could help me answer these few questions to get me off to the right start...
Should I go with a 64bit machine?
Duel or Quad core?
1 or 2 CPU's?
Should I overclock?
And most importantly do you have any recommendations for the the Motherboard, CPU(s),GPU(s), Memory, and even the case....Is it worth going with a liquid cooled system. I want this computer to run extremely cool and quite as I will have it crunching almost 24/7. I would also love to overclock her a bit for old times sake.
Thanks so much for any advice...As you can tell, I have been out of the game for a while now...So many choices out there now its crazy!
definately 64bit, and definately quad core. The new Shanghai's from AMD would be a good choice, and I will say no to liquid cooling, since the Opteron series are pretty low power to begin with. Make sure you get a lot of ram, I'd say 16 GB would be more than enough. 8GB would be more economical. As for the video card, a quadro would be the best bet, but I don't think you would want to fork out over $1000 for a video card alone, so I'm going to recommend the 4870. As for the MOBO, get one that supports lots of ram. Probably look more for the server boards, and get plenty of ram slots, especially if you plan to upgrade this machine. As for the case get a full tower and get good 120mm fans, like those from Scythe. I use those and they are pretty quiet for me yet offer pretty nice cooling performance.
Imo kick down that power supply to something cheaper. Change that gpu to a workstation gpu for massive data instead of throughput. Perfer one that gets good acceleration under cs4 and 3dstudio. And get 2 HDD one for just doing rendering on.
The Antec EA650 650W for $50.00 seams like a killer deal and there are very few complaints in the reviews.
How about the PNY 512MB Quadro FX 1700? Any experience with this card?
You are recommending two hard drives simply because the computer will not bog down as much if I render to a secondary, non-os drive, right? This is soo simple....I feel like an idiot because I have been rendering to my Master drive forever...doh
The Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz sounds like a good idea but what makes the ....
And for the final final PLACED order Just changed up the memory...DDR3 1600 should be even better for overclocking...I wonder what kinds of numbers I should aim for with the stock cooler?? Also, I wonder if should let solid state drives develop a bit more before I get carried away with all that?
Anyway, Cant wait to build this...I will try to keep updating this thread with some benchmarking results before and after the overclocking.