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June 18, 2009 8:14:58 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
A few weeks

BUDGET RANGE:
About US$3,000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Running a very processor intensive computer program. The program is not very graphics intensive but I want to unload as many processes from the CPU as possible (graphics card, sound card, and Killer NIC instead of integrated options). I need dual DVI output.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, CD-RW, DVD-rom

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
I am open to all suggestions.

PARTS PREFERENCES:

Intel Core I7-975 Extreme Edition
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch_v3.asp?scriteria=B...
$1,028.99

OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Intel I7 Triple Channel 6GB (3x2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$125.99

ASUS P6T Deluxe/OC Palm
http://www.provantage.com/asus-p6t-deluxe-oc-palm~7ASU9...
$335.41

ASUS EN9600GT/HTDI/512M GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

ASUS Xonar DX Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89.99

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99

Cooler Master UCP 1100w Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
$229.99

RAID 0 HDD setup 2ea. Seagate Savvio 15k.5 3.0Gb/s SAS 15,000 RPM 73.4 GB HDD
http://www.allhdd.com/index.php?target=products&product...
$294 each

Vista Ultimate 64 bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$174.99

Killer NIC M1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$219.99

NORCO RPC-470 Black 4U Rackmount Server Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

2ea. Delta TFB1212GHE-F00 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$36.99/ea.

NORCO RL-26 26" 3-sections Ball Bearing Sliding Rail kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$38.99

Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$4.99

OVERCLOCKING:
Yes. Interested in recommendations on how much I can go on the CPU and the Ram.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
Not critical

I am interested in what you think of this setup. Should I use different parts or make other changes. Should these components work well together? This will be my first build.

Thanks,

John R.

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June 18, 2009 8:36:30 PM

I am unsure of what your wanting to do here...it sounds like you are wanting to mix a server with a gaming PC. I know that the Killer Nic is a waste because according to some websites it is only going to give you a small amount of latency change. Stick with the stock Nic on whatever you get at first and then later if you have problems upgrade to something better but as for the Killer Nic i would say prob not and put the money into something else like another one of those HD. I would say if your going to be putting that much money into it then i would go with something from HP or Dell with their server solutions. They would prob cut you a deal spending that much. You did good with the Proc though and everything else looks fine. Looks like everything is compatible. Nice build.

As for OC'ing, i am not sure how far I would try to go on a $1k proc. :) 
June 18, 2009 8:40:33 PM

If you absolutely need the fastest processor on the market today, the i7 975 is the way to go, but you may want to look into dual CPU motherboards. I don't know much about them because I've never needed to, but you will not only be able to save money, but it will undoubtedly be faster than any single processor. Like I said, I don't know much on the subject, but it's probably worth looking into. Here's an example of what I'm talking about: HERE

More information on exactly what you need so much processing power for would help to make recommendations, but I guess it's not always that simple.

EDIT: fixed broken link
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June 18, 2009 8:46:20 PM

I am trying to make a very fast rackmount workstation. The graphics ability is not that important but as much processor speed is. I was thinking of using the Killer NIC to reduce the load on the processor (along with graphics and sound cards). I will be accessing the PC remotely. I don't want server OS. I checked Dell all but one of their rackmounts only come with server OS, the one rack mount workstation they have is not very fast. I checked with HP and Sun and they wanted 5K to 7K, more than I wanted to spend.


Thanks

John
June 18, 2009 8:53:18 PM

kufan64 said:
If you absolutely need the fastest processor on the market today, the i7 975 is the way to go, but you may want to look into dual CPU motherboards. I don't know much about them because I've never needed to, but you will not only be able to save money, but it will undoubtedly be faster than any single processor. Like I said, I don't know much on the subject, but it's probably worth looking into. Here's an example of what I'm talking about: HERE

More information on exactly what you need so much processing power for would help to make recommendations, but I guess it's not always that simple.

EDIT: fixed broken link



kufan64: I am running a railroad simulation program currently it is only single threaded so I am trying for as much speed as possible. The simulations took 4 to 8 hrs to process on a 1 ghz single core Pentium. I looked at the dual cpu route but the software wont utilize it, too bad.

Thanks,
John
June 19, 2009 12:00:49 PM

dmercer109 said:
...You did good with the Proc though and everything else looks fine. Looks like everything is compatible. Nice build...



I was looking at a 1100 watt PSU for this build. Is that more than necessary? Also the 2 Delta 220 cfm fans draw Rated Voltage : 12V, Input Current : 2.45 Amp and Input Power : 29.4 Watt. Are 2 of these fans more than necessary to keep it all cool and how do I determine if the mobo's fan control can handle this much draw?

Thanks,

John
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