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January 31, 2010 11:02:08 AM

Hi,

I'm trying to build my own PC for 3D rendering and similar stuff, could anyone give me some suggestions for the components. my budget is approximate $1500.

Thanks

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January 31, 2010 2:01:19 PM

Intel Core i5-750------$200
GigaByte P55-UD4P-----$190
G-Skill RipJaws 4 GB-----$85
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850-----$100
SAMSUNG 2494SW Glossy Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor-----$210
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W---------$65
Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 40GB-------$130
Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s HDD------$90
COOLER MASTER RC-690-------$70
LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22LS50 LightScribe Support-------$30
Microsoft Comfort Curve Value Pack Mice+KeyBoard------$25


Total=$1200
January 31, 2010 2:31:32 PM

mfarrukh said:
Intel Core i5-750------$200
GigaByte P55-UD4P-----$190
G-Skill RipJaws 4 GB-----$85
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850-----$100
SAMSUNG 2494SW Glossy Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor-----$210
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W---------$65
Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 40GB-------$130
Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s HDD------$90
COOLER MASTER RC-690-------$70
LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22LS50 LightScribe Support-------$30
Microsoft Comfort Curve Value Pack Mice+KeyBoard------$25


Total=$1200


Some changes:

1) Intel Xeon X3440 $230. it can overclock like the i5 750 but it also has hyperthreading which should help for your uses.
2) GA-H55M-S2H $90. There is no reason to waste money on such an overpriced board when you aren't gaming and therefor aren't utilizing the benefits.

Hope that helps.
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January 31, 2010 2:46:28 PM

Thanks for both of you,

I was thinking to go for 8 core pc with two i7 920 with a xeon 5500 motherboard compatible with i7. do you thing its a good choice or it is better go to a xeon cpu.

Thanks
January 31, 2010 2:54:15 PM

There is no need for 8-Core or even 6-Core CPUs (yet)


Core i7 920 is worth every penny you give for it
Intel's Core i7 has proven itself to be the most powerful gaming CPU option available, based on the data we have gathered. The Core i7-920 is a great choice for systems coupled with multiple graphics cards in an SLI or CrossFire configuration.

The motherboards and DDR3 RAM that the i7 architecture requires will bring the total platform cost higher than other systems, but the resulting performance should be worth the purchase price.

While the Core i5 performs similarly, there are a few applications and games that can take advantage of the Core i7 900-series' Hyper-Threading and triple-channel memory features, so spending the extra money on the Core i7-920 can pay off, particularly if you plan to overclock.

In addition, LGA 1156-based Core i5 and Core i7 processors are limited to 16 PCIe 2.0 lanes, but the LGA 1366-based Core i7-900s do not share this limitation, since they get their PCI Express connectivity from the X58 chipset. This makes the LGA 1366 Core i7 processors a good choice for CrossFire or SLI configurations with more than two graphics cards.
January 31, 2010 4:32:24 PM

Actually, if the applications you will use take advantage of 4-cores then I would get a 6-core processor. If your applications take advantage of 2 cores then get a tri/quad core processor. Reason is, the extra cores that application doesn't use can be designated to run background processes and services and other applications while the leaving however many cores your app needs deticated just for that application.
January 31, 2010 5:44:49 PM

So since i would be rendering, using CAD and other stuff it is better to have a good amount of cores?. do you thing that two i7 920 will work better than two xeon E5420A Quad Core on a Intel 5500 motherboard?

Thanks
January 31, 2010 6:40:41 PM

You can't use two i7s period.

They only have 1 Quick Path Interconnect and they use that to talk to the motherboard. Only the Xeons have 2 QPIs so they can talk to motherboard and each other.

If you rendering software is multi-core and multi-CPU aware then throw as many cores at it as you can! 2 Xeons and a dual-socket board to match will be cheaper than the 6-core i7 980X.

If you can't wait for the new dual-CPU EVGA board coming out which will allow some serious overclocking, go have a look at Asus and Supermicro boards and drop 12GB RAM into it - you'll be flying, then drop in another 12GB later.

You may even be able to get some overclocking going on, so read some reviews and invest in some good CPU cooling too.
January 31, 2010 7:51:52 PM

Thanks you have been of great help. btw that new board rocks.
January 31, 2010 8:11:56 PM

Quick edit: turns out the 6-core i7 980X will have 2 QPIs, but at $1,000 each that's way out of your budget.
February 2, 2010 8:34:57 PM

LePhuronn said:
You can't use two i7s period.

They only have 1 Quick Path Interconnect and they use that to talk to the motherboard. Only the Xeons have 2 QPIs so they can talk to motherboard and each other.

If you rendering software is multi-core and multi-CPU aware then throw as many cores at it as you can! 2 Xeons and a dual-socket board to match will be cheaper than the 6-core i7 980X.

If you can't wait for the new dual-CPU EVGA board coming out which will allow some serious overclocking, go have a look at Asus and Supermicro boards and drop 12GB RAM into it - you'll be flying, then drop in another 12GB later.

You may even be able to get some overclocking going on, so read some reviews and invest in some good CPU cooling too.



Hey could you tell me which one of these would perform the best for such tasks i mentioned earlier>

motherboard > Supermicro X8DAI Intel 5520
two CPU > Intel Xeon E5520

or

motherboard > Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7, Intel X58 Express
Cpu > i7960

both having 12GB of ram

Thanks
February 3, 2010 8:24:43 AM

As I said earlier, if your software is multi-core and multi-CPU aware then you'll get the most benefit from dual Xeons.

If it's not then go for an i7 920 and overclock it to match the clock speed of the i7 960 - you'll save yourself a fair amount of money.
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