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November 9, 2009 8:43:12 PM

I am building my pc for 3d rendering and building 3d model as the following spec:

- Processor Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz LGA1366 8mb
- Motherboard Asus S1366 Intel X58 ATX A L CF/SLI
- RAM Corsair Memory Corsair 6GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL9
- Hardisk 1 Seagate 146Gb Cheetah 15K.5 Fibre Chan
- Hardisk 2 Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black SATA-II 32MB = 2 NO.
- Casing + PSU THERMALTAKE CASE KANDALF LCS VD4000BWS BLK-
- Display card Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 5770 HD 850Mhz 1GB PCI-Express HDMI
- Windows Microsoft Win Ult 7 English ROW DVD
- Casing - water cooled casing - THERMALTAKE CASE KANDALF LCS VD4000BWS BLK
www.xcase.co.uk/THERMALTAKE-CASE-KANDALF-LCS-VD4000BWS-...

I do not have experience on the water cooled casing and is that worth to invest 300 pounds just for the casing? it is a liitle too much.

I am planning to buy all the components from dabs.com. If anyone out there have a better place to recommend please drop me a line.

Many thanks.

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November 9, 2009 9:08:10 PM

What's with the SCSI drive?
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November 10, 2009 12:15:43 AM

You're blowing a lot of cash with some overpriced components and getting everything from dabs - do some shopping around and you can save a few quid (Scan UK and Overclockers UK can be very competitive, plus do a Good Shopping search and see what comes up).

My personal changes:

Processor: i7 920, overclocked to match the i7 950
Hard disk 1: Corsair Extreme X64 SSD
Hard disk 2: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (or 2x for RAID 0)

What motherboard are you looking at? Asus X58 could be one of many boards. I recommend P6TD Deluxe (the D is important)

Why do you want a liquid cooling case if you're not overclocking your CPU? Even then you can take the i7 920 up to around 4GHz on air if you have a good cooler.
November 10, 2009 8:31:09 PM

aford10 said:
What's with the SCSI drive?

Oooops. Forgot to insert into my orignial question. I am looking for 15K rpm hardisk which is fibre channel connection and I do not think the mother ASUS P6T WS Professional supporty FC. I might revert it back to SAS connection which the motherboard support.

November 10, 2009 8:47:34 PM

LePhuronn said:
You're blowing a lot of cash with some overpriced components and getting everything from dabs - do some shopping around and you can save a few quid (Scan UK and Overclockers UK can be very competitive, plus do a Good Shopping search and see what comes up).

My personal changes:

Processor: i7 920, overclocked to match the i7 950
Hard disk 1: Corsair Extreme X64 SSD
Hard disk 2: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (or 2x for RAID 0)

What motherboard are you looking at? Asus X58 could be one of many boards. I recommend P6TD Deluxe (the D is important)

Why do you want a liquid cooling case if you're not overclocking your CPU? Even then you can take the i7 920 up to around 4GHz on air if you have a good cooler.


I am looking for P6T WS Profeesional whcih allow me to overclocking without rebooting. So the water cooling casing may be a good idea?

Thanks for the shopping tips.
November 10, 2009 10:01:11 PM

DO NOT GET THAT WATERCOOLING. It's not enough for a i7 , esp. if OCed. Also, DO NOT OC via Windows for stability reasons. REAL WCing will cost you $250-350 for just the CPU loop. Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/253958-29-watercoolin...

1. WHY the SAS/SCSI drives?!?!???

2. WHY Win 7 ultimate? Pro or Home Premium is enough for most.

3. Post it in the format said by overshocks.

4. WHY the i7 950!?!? It's a waste of money.

5. Not to be rude,etc but I don't think you have done a lot of research before starting this build.
November 16, 2009 9:12:10 PM

Shadow703793 said:
DO NOT GET THAT WATERCOOLING. It's not enough for a i7 , esp. if OCed. Also, DO NOT OC via Windows for stability reasons. REAL WCing will cost you $250-350 for just the CPU loop. Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/253958-29-watercoolin...

1. WHY the SAS/SCSI drives?!?!???

2. WHY Win 7 ultimate? Pro or Home Premium is enough for most.

3. Post it in the format said by overshocks.

4. WHY the i7 950!?!? It's a waste of money.

5. Not to be rude,etc but I don't think you have done a lot of research before starting this build.



Hey Shadow, looks like you have a better idea for the build list. Would you mind to share it. I have relist my post in the suggested manner as follows.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Xmas 2009
BUDGET RANGE: As require for the following parts

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3D modelling and rendering

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.dabs.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England, UK

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Processor - Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz LGA1366 8mb
Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz LGA1366 8mb

Motherboard - Asus S1366 Intel X58 ATX A L CF/SLI
Asus P6T WS Professional

RAM - Corsair Memory Corsair 6GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL9
Corsair Memory

Hardisk 1 - Seagate 146Gb Cheetah 15K.5 rpm Fibre Chan
Segate 146GB

Hardisk 2 - Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black SATA-II 32MB = 2 NO.
Western Digital 500GB

Casing + PSU - THERMALTAKE CASE KANDALF LCS VD4000BWS BLK
THERMALTAKE CASE KANDALF LCS VD4000BWS BLK

Display card - Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 5770 HD 850Mhz 1GB PCI-Express HDMI
Radeon 5770 HD

OS - Microsoft Win Ult 7 English ROW DVD
Windows 7

OVERCLOCKING: Please suggest

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Please suggest

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Cannot find any Fibre Channel compatible motherboard for Hardisk. May be consider the SAS hardisk. Please suggest any FC PCI adapter.

November 16, 2009 9:13:55 PM



Hi Overshocks,
I have relist my post as suggested manner.

I look forward to your advice.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Xmas 2009
BUDGET RANGE: As require for the following parts

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3D modelling and rendering

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.dabs.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England, UK

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Processor - Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz LGA1366 8mb
Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz LGA1366 8mb

Motherboard - Asus S1366 Intel X58 ATX A L CF/SLI
Asus P6T WS Professional

RAM - Corsair Memory Corsair 6GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL9
Corsair Memory

Hardisk 1 - Seagate 146Gb Cheetah 15K.5 rpm Fibre Chan
Segate 146GB

Hardisk 2 - Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black SATA-II 32MB = 2 NO.
Western Digital 500GB

Casing + PSU - THERMALTAKE CASE KANDALF LCS VD4000BWS BLK
THERMALTAKE CASE KANDALF LCS VD4000BWS BLK

Display card - Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 5770 HD 850Mhz 1GB PCI-Express HDMI
Radeon 5770 HD

OS - Microsoft Win Ult 7 English ROW DVD
Windows 7

OVERCLOCKING: Please suggest

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Please suggest

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Cannot find any Fibre Channel compatible motherboard for Hardisk. May be consider the SAS hardisk. Please suggest any FC PCI adapter.
November 16, 2009 10:05:49 PM

My recomendations:

i7 920

ASUS P6T Deluxe v2 or P6T SE or P6T WS.

3*2GB DDR3 1600

Corsair 650TX

4x Samsung F3s in RAID

1x Velociraptor or a Intel X25-M G2 (or the equivalent Kingston M series drive)

ATI 5770.
Note: If you are REALLY serious about this 3D rendering build, consider a work station graphics card.

Antec 900 or Antec 1200 or HAF 932 or HAF 922. DO NOT get the Kandalf. When people say "Friends don't let friends buy Thermaltake" they mean it. Thermaltake WCing set ups have quite a high failure rate.

Core Contact Freezer with LGA1366 bracket or similar/better heatsink

Again,

1. Why Win 7 Ultimate?

2. Why SAS/FC?

November 17, 2009 8:25:48 PM

Shadow703793 said:
My recomendations:

i7 920

ASUS P6T Deluxe v2 or P6T SE or P6T WS.

3*2GB DDR3 1600

Corsair 650TX

4x Samsung F3s in RAID

1x Velociraptor or a Intel X25-M G2 (or the equivalent Kingston M series drive)

ATI 5770.
Note: If you are REALLY serious about this 3D rendering build, consider a work station graphics card.

Antec 900 or Antec 1200 or HAF 932 or HAF 922. DO NOT get the Kandalf. When people say "Friends don't let friends buy Thermaltake" they mean it. Thermaltake WCing set ups have quite a high failure rate.

Core Contact Freezer with LGA1366 bracket or similar/better heatsink

Again,

1. Why Win 7 Ultimate?

2. Why SAS/FC?


Thanks for your response and my answer to your questions as follows.

1. Win 7. New product may it is better. Just throw idea in thepot. Nothing particular.
2. SAS/FC - 15K rpm means write and read quicker.

November 17, 2009 9:38:48 PM

1. Yes, Win 7 is better, but you DO NOT need the "Ultimate" version. Get Home Premium or Pro.

2. Not true. A SSD or a current gen 7200 rpm drive like a F3 will work VERY well. An good SSD (like the X25-M G2) will beat a 15k rpm hands down.
November 17, 2009 10:28:43 PM

I'm with Shadow703793 here.

There's no need for "Ultimate" versions of Windows or 15,000 RPM drives. The 15,000 RPM drives are old designs. You would be hard pressed to tell the difference between those and a current 500GB platter 7200 RPM drive like a Samsung F3.
November 18, 2009 8:34:09 PM

Thanks Shadow and Shortstuff.
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