Hey All, I really need some advice on this PC I intend to build.
It will be used for 3D Modeling/Rendering AND in-game Testing.
1 Video card. possibly 2 when I need it. And yes I will be Over Clocking to hopefully 3.33Ghz on Air Supply unless directed otherwise.
My 3 Biggest concerns right now are these:
1- I will be using this PC for working with and rendering 3D models, Do I go with Radeon or ATI FirePro? or is there a Nvidia Card that can take on my need?
2- I need a power supply that is mainly Quiet but can do its job I'm guessing 1220wat is a bit too much?
3- Are the Corsair Dominator's Decent? I plan to purchase 2 set's for a total of 12.
OH i forgot to ask, could i use 1 ATI FirePro and 1 Radeon? on the same mobo? That way i can have one for my 3D work and one for my in-game testing?
Current PC Selections Case Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Motherboard ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Processor Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Power Supply Kingwin Mach 1 1220WAT Video Card ATI Radeon HD5870 RAM Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB
I assume you're a professional Game Designer / Developer / 3d Artist, or somewhere in between.
- As for your current PC selections, its all OK except your video card and psu, WHY?.
Lets focus on your main concerns to see why. Im gonna make it short but informative.
1. First of all, you need a video card that features a full 30-bit display pipeline (for maximized visual fidelity),
and can support synchronization to external sources or synchronization of 3D renders of multiple GPUs and
capable of HDR output and can interact with very huge datasets. Since your current choice (5870 video card)
can only process traditional 24-bit display pipeline (even if you CrossFireX it), which produces only 16.7 million
colors and with few hundreds shader engines in total, that alone is enough reason that wont surely help you a lot
on your real time renders, complex design models and scenes and while animating.
If you spent a whole lot of time working as Game Designer / Developer / 3d Artist, then you'll need all the
rendering and 3d multi tasking power you can get and i recommend (if you're willing to spend a lil more for
a maximized output in return and to do what ever your imagination tells and your demanding client asks you to do),
the ATI Fire Pro 8750 2GB GDDR 5 video card will suit all your demanding needs.
This has all the very important features (i said above) and gpu processing power in order to handle very very
complex dynamic multiple 3d renders and animations and will cost you $1,800 dollars but its worth it believe me.
And if you're willing to spend a lil more for the sake of bagging those hefty pricey design contracts
that requires more gpu computing power you can also crossfire two of 8750's but not an 8750 and a 5870
because they have different API's and architecture (not really sure).
2. You need a reliable psu and at the same time runs quietly?
Based from your current specs and even if you decided to buy two Fire Pro 8750's and crossfireX it,
an 850 watt psu is more than enough to handle all your components at its full continuous load all the time 24/7.
I recommend these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If this is not available,
-- When it comes to gaming, a single Fire Pro 8750 performs the same as 5870 (just not sure exactly in benchies).
In anyway, this means you can play the latest demanding games at very high settings without any glitch.
The only advantage a Fire Pro 8750 has is when it comes to 3d multi apps, multi renders, animations and HDR outputs
coz Fire Pro video cards are mainly designed to handle those specific tasks and not mainly for gaming, though
a part of its use is for game design but, its a different thing im sure you get the point.
The basic difference between gaming cards and rendering cards is that one displays pre -rendered objects and needs processing power for shaders and the other renders in real time....the latter requires oodles of math processing capability to render all those little triangles.
The Fire Pro and the nVidia Quadro are the two remaining players in a once crowded field. Here's the latest comparison I found:
No real fight here.....pretty much a blow out .... at the top performance categories anyway. We start to see some competition at th loer price points though not as much in the areas of 3DMax and AutoCAD.
Looking at 3DMax and AutoCAD, it's a wipeout, although you should see the ATI cards doing somewhat better where shaders are used.:
So it really will depend on the programs you sue....lots of wire framing to be renders, I'd lean nVidia......anticipate more of a shader loading workload, then look at ATI.
In the gaming arena, it's a complete different story now. ATI is holding a strong hand having released it's new line 6 weeks ago, with nVidia still silent on a release date. Although nVidia still holds the crown for fastest single card, that's about to be taken as soon as ATI releases their 5870x2. The longer it takes for nVidia to get to market, the better chance ATI has of gaining more and more of the hearts and minds of gamers for the upcoming year.
If you wanna see how he professional cards do at gaming, check this out.
Below the upper eschelon, the FX 3800 at $950 is a good middle ground choice....the ATI FirePro 8700 runs around $70 cheaper. It can't keep up in3DMax and AutoCAD, but the 8700 is a better gamer. The 8750 isn't on the charts and though it has has double the memory but same GPU speed.
The 4800 only needs 150 watts so the PSU drain should be easy, only one 6 pin power connector.
For case the HAF 932 is an excellent choice, look at the Antec 1200 for comparisons (add any optional fans either way).
For PSU, with a $1000 card in there, I'd suggest the SG-850, the Corsair HX-850 or the Antec CP-850 (1200 case only)
For memory, I'd lolok for the lowest DDR1600 CAS timings you can find that will fit under a large CPU cooler. The Mushkin 998691 I think is still holds the lead here.
For HD's I'd look at large file transfer ability more than many of the other characteristics here: