Hey guys! Looking to build a new PC for 3D/2D editing and this seems like a great place to get some good feedback.
I use a lot of Maya, Zbrush, and Photoshop. I want something that's going to run these programs like a champ.
Already have a Nvidia Quadro FX 5800, two Dell 20" monitors, WinXP64Pro, keyboard, mouse, and speakers. I'm looking to spend on or around $1,500 for the rest of the hardware and I'm pretty loose if I'll see nice gains. As configured this list comes to $1,567.92.
I'm considering getting a full 12GB's of RAM and would be easily swayed (though I could always upgrade later). Also thinking about a SSD for the OS but I'm kind of leery of the technology as it stands and could always do an update in a year or so with more RAM and an SSD.
I appreciate that you want a nice case, but I'm not sure that's the best choice. You would need to remove that air scoop from the CPU area, and the rear 80mm fan will likely be a bit noisy. Then there is the depth. That Xig DK might not even fit.
Thanks Proximon, the Silverstone FT01B is looking like it might be the one! Do 80mm fans produce more noise than 120mm or is it just the case you're referring to?
Any suggestions on 6 vs. 12GB RAM?
Also didn't realize that Fujitsu was SCSI. I've read that its faster than SATA but if it's not going to be a noticeable performance gain I'm good with leaving it out and just getting a bigger raptor than the one I have now (74gb).
In order for the 80mm fans to keep up with a 120mm, they have to spin faster to move the same air, and thus make more noise. The bigger the fan, the slower it needs to spin to produce the same results (measured in cubic feet moved (cfm)).
6 GB would likely be plenty, but more never hurt anyone =). If you are looking for somewhere to save a few bucks, don't hesitate to drop the RAM down, you can always add more later and when you do it will likely be cheaper.
As far as that SAS drive goes, you need a motherboard that supports it, otherwise you will need to invest in a SAS controller, which can run pretty high. Generally these types of hard drives are used in servers.
Also, it would be wise to have a backup for your data, seeing as this is a professional build, time is money, and time spent re-doing something is not favorable. I would suggest getting two of those 1TB drives and putting them in RAID1, this way if a drive fails, you have it backed up.
I know it seems to be logical that a 15K HDD will be faster than a 10K HDD. And that is true in a multi user server environment when multiple, highly random, non-sequential HDD reads are required for web or database servers.
For a single user environment where sequential HDD reads are the norm (even with multi-tasking) you'll get better performance with a less expensive 10K WD VelociRaptor 300GB $200.
In this chart the Seagate Cheetah NS is a SAS 10K HDD (Random read/3.9 msec Random write/4.2 msec Latency/3.0 msec)
Thanks for the advice guys. You're really making this a lot easier!
So, it looks like I'll drop the SAS drive since the reviews are so mixed and I've had good luck with Raptors.
Now the choice is whether to get two 147GB in Raid0 or a single 300GB (either with an extra 1TB as storage). I've never done a Raid setup, and I'm wondering if that puts more stress on the HDD's and if the speed difference is going to be noticeable.
I didn't mention before but I want to OC this thing "moderately". Based on a Proximon's "Guide to choosing parts" post I think it's a good idea. I'm guessing I should stick with the RAM/Mobo combo I have now to OC?
WR2 also mentioned I could drop to a lower PSU if I got the Velociraptor? Honestly, I don't even know how to gauge what kind of PSU I need for my setup...