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July 29, 2009 9:57:26 PM

Hello

I need some help on building a workstation (I do a lot of work in Maya, Mudbox, Zbrush, AE, Photoshop), can you give a "yea" or "nae" on the parts that I'm thinking about buy. What do you think?



Case - COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution RC-830-KKN3-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

MB - SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DAH+-F-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 Extended ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 sequence (Nehalem-EP processor) Server Motherboard

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Processor - (2) Intel Xeon W5580 Nehalem 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Server Processor Model BX80602W5580

Memory - Patriot 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PVT36G1333LLK

HDD - (3) Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Cooler - (2) COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler


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July 29, 2009 10:33:09 PM

Is super talent a good memory? Can I use standard desktop memory or do I need stay with the server memory?
July 29, 2009 10:35:10 PM

mindless728, you like Sunbeam better than the cooler master? Why?
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July 29, 2009 10:36:47 PM

i would stick with the server memory for the ECC and since the board can handle 144GB if you use registered ECC memory and only 24GB of desktop memory, this gives you expansion room for memory (if you filled the board with 6 sets of this, 72GB)

in desktops Super Talent is so-so, but this is server memory which is better quality
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July 29, 2009 10:39:52 PM

blueb2200 said:
mindless728, you like Sunbeam better than the cooler master? Why?


the V8's are huge and there are going to be 2 of them and the CCTF works better and cheaper, almost 300g lighter (total savings of .6kg)

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
July 30, 2009 2:43:30 AM

Do you think that this MB is ok? I really haven't used Subermicro MB. Is there another board that is better?
August 14, 2009 1:23:09 AM

I have a workstation built on a slightly older supermicro board and actually own 2 of the model X7DWA-N. I put 32 gigs of ram in it. I recommend you consider going with Pc Power and Cooling for your power supply... get the 1200 watt unit. I have 24 hard drives connected 2 it plus dual X5482 Xeons and it runs very fast and very smooth.
As far as your motherboard, I think you picked a good one.

I'd also like to suggest, if you want to get optimal performance that you consider getting a dedicated RAID card. Areca technology makes some outstanding models and I have owned 3 so far and am very impressed with the speed. Which model you get depends on how much money you intend to spend. I currently use the Areca ARC 1280ML which has 2 gigs of dedicated cache on it and I'm getting insane speeds. Since you are going with a workstation board you may as well go all the way, right? :bounce:  :bounce: 

As for ram, I agree with mindless that you should stick with Registered ECC memory... it will definitely give you an upgrade path. If I were you I'l put in 24 gigs of ECC Registered memory... which will give you plenty of room to grow. From one computer guy to another, let me know what you decide to do I'd love to see benchmarks of that system! :hello:  :bounce:  :D  ;)  :pt1cable: 
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