FS: CG Workstation

I built this machine specifically for doing CG/DCC and it is a beast. Due to unexpected bills I'm going to have get rid of it sadly enough. The full system specs are listed below, it cost around $5,000 when I built it 5 months ago, so I'm looking for around $4,000 or best offer. All the components are retail with full 3 year manufacturers warrenty.

(2) 2.8ghz 533mhz FSB Xeon CPU's
(2) 1gb PC2100 ECC Registered Mushkin Memory (PC2700 ECC is fastest available for dual CPU setup in case you are wondering)
Intel SE7505VB2 Dual Xeon Motherboard with SATA RAID 10/100/1000 LAN USB 2.0 AGP 4x/8x
Intel Server Case SC5200
ATI Fire GL X2 256 256mb Workstation Graphics Card
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Sound Card
Adaptec 29160 UW SCSI Controller
Western Digital 18gb 15,000RPM SCSI Hard Drive
IBM 36gb 15,000RPM SCSI Hard Drive
Compaq 36gb 10,000rpm Hard Drive
Western Digital 120gb IDE Hard Drive
Sony DVD +RW +R/CD DRU-500AX
Toshiba DVD-ROM

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  1. You're joking, right? You can built that for less than $3000 from parts sold by common computer stores these days.

    :cool: I run my AthlonXfx at 7.65 Exahertz :cool:
  2. Kidding? No, if you can build it for that much feel free to, I looked up all the prices for parts currently and they are still more than what I'm asking, also notice Or Best Offer? Thanks,

  3. $650 (2) 2.8Ghz Xeon DP
    $410 (2) Pc266 ECC DDR Sdram Kingston
    $400 Intel SE7505VB2 Dualie motherboard
    $120 Any full tower steel/aluminum server case (Lian Li, Chieftec, Codegan, Ect)
    $335 ATI Fire GL X2 256 256mb video card
    $80 Creative SB Audigy 2 PCI
    $130 Adaptec 29160 SCSI RAID PCI card
    $165 Western Digital 18gb SCSI 15k hard drive
    $520 (2) Hitachi/IBM 36gb SCSI 15k hard drive
    $105 Western Digital Ultra ATA 120gb hard drive
    $210 Sony dual format DVDRW
    $35 Toshiba 16x DVDROM

    $3160 total w/o an OS
    That's pricing that varies, from sources such as Newegg, Mwave, Googlegear, Amazon, MISR Corp, PCNation, and others I can list. That's only $160 off my estimate of the system in my first post. Anyone would be crazy to give you any more than $2500 for a used system of those specs.

    :cool: I run my AthlonXfx at 7.65 Exahertz :cool:
  4. You are about 400$ off on the ATI Fire GL X2, cheapest you can get it is around 750$, so you are off there and that's from any of the sites you listed plus some I checked. The Intel Mobo won't fit in just any old case like you claim, if you read the tech specs for the board, which you obviously didn't, it won't fit in a normal case. So you are off again by another 200$ for a total of about $600 so far. The memory which you listed is also $290 a stick x2 so that's another 580$ so you are off by another $170 for a total of $770. So that would bring the total to 3930 using your parts listed. Using my parts it would be over $4,000 as I stated previously.

    Thanks, but try again, go find someone elses thread to troll on. Have a nice day.

  5. Now I know why pretty much the entire CG community turns it's nose at this site. With people such as yourself trying to piss on other people's posts with false information and flaming. That coupled with the the blatently biased and completely wrong benchmarks and reviews Toms Hardware puts out, it's no wonder why this site has gone down hill.

    Nevertheless, thanks for those that have e-mailed me with interest, keep the questions coming. I'll be glad to answer anything in regards to the system above. Take care,

  6. Quote:
    That coupled with the the blatently biased and completely wrong benchmarks and reviews Toms Hardware puts out, it's no wonder why this site has gone down hill.

    wow somebody has dropped low enough to troll in the classified section.. lol

    go on with your bad self d00d.

    -={Apostalic Alcoholic.}=-
  7. You so funny!!! I do CG fool, and I love this place. A) There are people here with hardware AND software (and we're talking low level programming) knowledge, so when u run into trouble with complex issues, you can get help.
    B)The benches are rather fair actually, as are the suggested prices by people here.
    C) You = Mac user. You pay much more than you need to.
    Good day to you, don't let the door hit you on the way out :wink:

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  8. "I do CG Fool"

    Yes, I'm sure you do. LOL Anyone with a copy of Max or Maya these days thinks he's a CG artist or an Animator. Go back to playing with cubes in your dad's basement.

    The only one trolling was Quetzacoatl, I placed a simple add, he tries to butt in with false commentary trying to put my system down. I'm just stating fact, none of which he can retort to due to his claims being pulled straight out of his ass. But I would expect the fan bois to stick together, that's ok though I know what a tight little group of awesome hardware dudes you are, laugh.

    And attempting to insult me by calling me a Mac user just shows what an unoriginal tool you are. You have the inspiriation of a roving band of bricks. Go back to hitting the sphere button in whatever 3d package you use and thinking you are a "CG d00d" Have a nice day chump,

  9. If ANY of you claim you can build a system for $3,000 with my EXACT hardware, then PLEASE by all means prove me wrong. I want links to every site you reference for each part if you are going to. I guarantee you can't.

  10. while flamey m,ay have some stories that can bend the scopes of reality some, I would say taht he is one who doesnt bullsh!t about basic computer knowledge, CG, or anything of the sort.

    I would watch where youre stepping or you might just turn out to look completely stupid.

    just a word of advice you dont have to listen to me and you can go ahead and start flaming me right...........



    -={Apostalic Alcoholic.}=-
  11. Where can you get a 15K rpm 180G Hdd for $165?, nowhere in this hemisphere

    Me and Seven of Nine, Ohhh Yeah
  12. Quote:
    Where can you get a 15K rpm 180G Hdd for $165?, nowhere in this hemisphere

    he said 18Gb you knob

    HA HA HA you got bummed out.

    its a scsi drive which commonly goes at 15k.


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    Anyone with a copy of Max or Maya these days thinks he's a CG artist or an Animator

    nope i don't have maya, or max LOL, not even lightwave, not even povray.


    ha ha ha ha i am an artist/animator and a designer by trade.

    infact blender is FREE, no money for that baby at all.

    does that make me not an animator just because its a free software? (nope it doesn't)
    i shall work at weta digital (or rival company) i shall use blender as long as i can.

    its the artist not the program.

    yes its true that anyone can claim to be an animator and it will become more and more true


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  14. I wasn't flaming anyone to begin with. Just defending my original post, which I backed up with facts, nothing more, nothing less.

  15. I'm pretty sure Quetzacoatal initiated the flamage...besides, you can see him on here all the time flaming sellers. Geez...I can't take you guys anywhere.

    It's all Bush's fault
  16. I am neither for nor against anyone here. I am just collecting the data and stating the facts.

    <A HREF=",3927" target="_new">2.8GHz Xeon at Newegg $339.00 each</A>


    <A HREF="" target="_new">Muskin 1GB Registered DIMMs $309.99 each</A>


    <A HREF="" target="_new">Intel SE7505VB2 Dual Xeon Motherboard with SATA RAID 10/100/1000 LAN USB 2.0 AGP 4x/8x $395.00</A>


    <A HREF="" target="_new">Intel Server Case SC5200 $259.95 + $26.82 S/H</A>


    <A HREF=",Fire,GL,X2,256,256mb" target="_new">ATI Fire GL X2 256 256mb Graphics Card $789.00</A>


    <A HREF=",Blaster,Audigy,2,Sound,Card" target="_new">Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum PCI Internal Sound Card and Front Panel I/O Drive - Retail $165.00</A> There were three to choose from so I took the mid level card.


    <A HREF=",29160" target="_new">Adaptec 29160 Ultra160 SCSI Controller - OEM $170.00</A>


    <A HREF="" target="_new">Western Digital 18gb 15,000RPM SCSI Hard Drive $489.00</A>


    <A HREF="" target="_new">IBM 36gb 15,000RPM SCSI Hard Drive $349.00</A>


    <A HREF="" target="_new">Compaq 36gb 10,000rpm Hard Drive $262CDN</A>

    <A HREF="" target="_new">As of 12:19PM EST the exchange rate for US to CDN was $0.7602 per $1.00CDN</A>


    <A HREF="" target="_new">Western Digital "Special Edition" 120GB 7200RPM EIDE WD1200JB - OEM $108.00</A>


    <A HREF="" target="_new">Sony® 24x10x32x Internal CD-RW & DVD Multi-Format Drive $349.96</A>


    <A HREF=",DVD-ROM" target="_new">Toshiba 16X DVD-ROM $32.99</A>


    Total with verifiable links...$4,631.87

    I did not look for the best prices. Only what I could find on a short term basis. So if you can find better deals be my guest to change the bottom line price/cost.

    <A HREF="" target="_new">Check out the new Case Mod and PSU section of the THGC</A>
  17. na actually emmortal i think your system sounds pretty kick arse.

    i was jsut saying that yes anyone can call themselves an animator.

    i for example bought a computer just for CG which has nothing on the power of yours LOL, infact mine only cost $1500 LOL

    anyway good luck with finding a buyer
    if i had the cash i would get it, but unfortunatly i only have enough to make my current mem up to 1.5Gb


    <A HREF="" target="_new"></A> its where its all going on
  18. Cubes in my dad's basement. Again you show yourself to be a clown!!
    I initially started 3d just cause it was fun. Then realized it had more to it (maybe you weren't born yet, but does something as old as Trispectives ring a bell?) and bought Max 3 (cause they finally fixed the fvcking renderer) and everything took off from there. I have made movies for various projects, including a simulation w/ 3d glasses of William Byrd's flights....
    Now I do other projects, but not as often and focus more on the programming aspect.
    Atm I'm creating a rather simple 3d engine which I will later build on.
    I also use graphics to express my quantum computing simulations visually.
    So, no, I don't just push the sphere button you knob. Don't speak sh!t when you know nothing of the situation.
    Now you're also trying to say you don't spend excess money? Dude, in 2001 I was able to get a brand psanking new top of the line system for CG (Quadro DCC was the vid card) for 3K, and from an OEM! LOL, 5K, seriously.

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  19. You say I shouldn't make assumptions yet, you yourself are faulty of making them over and over again. I'm in my late 20's thanks, so yes I know what Trispectives is(was) thanks very much.

    Secondly, if you've kept up with hardware, since you obviously haven't, it costs more for DCC specd systems now days. And don't tell me you can build a respectable DCC workstation without at least Xeon/Opteron/Itanium processors, because ya just can't. The consumer end CPU's aren't manufactured to run high computational algorythms like Xeons and the above mentioned are.

    And if you think you bought the top of the line for $3,000, LOL I can only laugh. That was 2 years ago and top of the line were SGI stations which were upwards of $20,000 and up.

    So your top of the line was a top of the heap POS. Thanks drive through.

  20. "The consumer end CPU's aren't manufactured to run high computational algorythms like Xeons and the above mentioned are." Man you like to talk sh!t you don't get.
    And what pray tell is the difference? Xeon may have some more cache and ability for multiprocessor setups...but way! An athlon can do the exact same thing! As a matter of fact, you will recall that, for example, w/ Max 3 the 2x1.7Ghz P4's were getting trounced by a single Athlon 1.2Ghz!
    I keep up with hardware, das why I'm here :wink: and when I build my next system (which will be dual processor sys) I don't intend on spending more than 3500.
    It is safe to say that because I am an individual, I will not readily dish out 20K on a computer. Therefore, when we say top of the line in these forums, it is meant in the PC range. By your logic, I shouldn't sleep till I buy the Japanese Earth Simulator super computer....and that's not happening.

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  21. O, that wasn't an assumption about the will notice that I said maybe. Good try sparky.

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  22. calm down flamey,

    [grublike]DIE NEWBIE, DIE!!![/grublike]

    -={Apostalic Alcoholic.}=-
  23. Yeah you're being an arse...

    It's all Bush's fault
  24. See what reading american history makes me do?? John Marshall = evil.

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  25. hmm good analogy

    -={Apostalic Alcoholic.}=-
  26. Wasn't John Marshall the dude appointed to the head of the supreme court by...Jefferson? He was one of the Midnight judges. He was the one who first overstepped the bounds of judicial restraint I think. Also the dude who headed the Dred Scott decision?

    It's all Bush's fault
  27. Uuuuhhhhhh, lol. Not appointed by Jefferson, in fact the Midnight Judges, appointed by the Judiciary Act of 1801 were appointed a matter of days before President Adam's last term. Marshall had been appointed earlier. He ruled in Marbury v. Madison (established judicial review), McCulloch (I spelled that wrong) vs. Maryland (states could nat tax federal institutes and could tax only within themselves), Cohens v Virginia (supreme court had word over state supreme courts), Gibbons v Ogden (federal govt. regulates interstate commerce), Fletcher v. Peck and Darthmouth v. Woodward both helped establish a contract was binding. Yeah...I spent 3 weeks on this guy :frown:

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  28. My bad...I just rememebr the name from around that time....been awhile since I did early Aemrican Judiciary history...

    It's all Bush's fault
  29. Now I definetly dun wanna hear that name! Had 45 mins to write an essay- the question was totally ambiguous, and it was REALLY annoying. Damn, I forsee an average drop lol.

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  30. DOn't sweat it...Just marshall up your reserves and make up the grades with homework and stuff. YOu seem to be johnnie-on-the-spot when it comes to good grades...

    It's all Bush's fault
  31. don't get it. If he doesn't make a 187% on his next test, his life has been wasted.

    <font color=blue>War</font color=blue> <font color=orange>Eagle</font color=orange>
  32. Let me rephrase:

    DOn't sweat it...Just <b>marshall</b> up your reserves and make up the grades with homework and stuff. YOu seem to be <b>john</b>nie-on-the-spot when it comes to good grades...

    It's all Bush's fault
  33. *cocks shotgun and, looking like a hick, gives Grub the vil eye*

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  34. *runs off while lobbing hunk of chees into the bushes as a distraction*

    It's all Bush's fault
  35. *pegs Grub in the ass with rock salt in the shotty*
    Now ya won't be able to sit down for a week :wink:

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  36. I guess the "gouda Gambit" didn't work.

    It's all Bush's fault
  37. ***cuts a slab of ass jerky of grub and munches on the salty flesh***

    -={Apostalic Alcoholic.}=-
  38. O no, I ate the cheese after:)

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  39. Yeah, I had caught that. I was ribbing flame with something else he had said in another thread.


    <font color=blue>War</font color=blue> <font color=orange>Eagle</font color=orange>
  40. Ok, do I have a legit reason to worry now: I totally missed an essay question and went in the wrong direction. Twas a valid interpretation, just not the one of the teacher's closemindedness...

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  41. darn know-it-all teachers!!! I hate it when they are looking for an answer, and you give them a well though out one that doesn't match their expectations adn they flame you for it...*breath* Still smarting from last semester's B- on a term paper

    It's all Bush's fault...all of it...
  42. Oh, man, you better start applying to some of the local community colleges so you can get your Janitorial Sciences degree.

    <font color=blue>War</font color=blue> <font color=orange>Eagle</font color=orange>
  43. he could major in basket weaving

    or underwater firefighter, maybe

    -={Apostalic Alcoholic.}=-
  44. underwater firefighter...chuckle... :smile:

    It's all Bush's fault...all of it...
  45. Yeeep, got a 20/25 on this one. Owie. Luckily I coaxed him into giving me 5 pts extra credit :evil:

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
  46. Yep, your whole life has been a waste. Give up now.

    Just as long as you don't tell us <i>how</i> you "coaxed" him into giving you the extra credit.

    I don't think we want to know that.

    <font color=blue>War</font color=blue> <font color=orange>Eagle</font color=orange>
  47. Quote:

    I don't think we want to know that

    i think we already know that

    "...I get to do the three things I love most; Raise Hell, Drink beer, and kick some ass."

    -={Apostalic Alcoholic.}=-
  48. lol

    The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
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