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May 2, 2010 10:41:24 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: by August 2010

BUDGET RANGE: 1500-1700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Microstation/Luxology, 3dsMax, Rhino, AutoCad, Adobe CS 3 (primarily Illustrator) are the most common components of my workflow.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Power cords and the like.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: brand slut-don't particularly care, as long as it's of good quality.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Would like to run two monitors at a high resolution

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Trying to build a system for doing Arch/Viz type work. I'm a student, but also do some freelance work. In any case reliability and performance on a budget is what I'm going for. Although I'm only planning on running one quad core processor at the moment, I plan on adding another later, as well as possibly running a couple of quadros in sli (if that's even possible/desirable). Intend to run XP Pro/65 or Windows 7/Pro as an OS.

Any comments on fatal flaws in this combo of parts, ways to increase performance at this price point, or ways to achieve similar performance at a lower price point are all welcomed.

Thanks,

Tim Patterson




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A preliminary build:

Intel Xeon E5420 Harpertown 2.5GHz LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DAL-E-O Dual LGA 771 Intel 5000X ATX Dual Intel Xeon Server Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PNY VCQFX1800-PCIE-PB Quadro FX 1800 768MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM ECC Fully Buffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Server Memory Model CT2KIT51272AF667
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(x2) Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...





May 2, 2010 10:58:31 PM

Should have said XP Pro/64, Windows 7/64 for Operating Systems.
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May 3, 2010 2:14:25 AM

> BUDGET RANGE: 1500-1700
> reliability and performance on a budget is what I'm going for


Before you decide, check out the newest motherboards with AMD's 890FX chipsets
+ Thuban 6-core AMD CPU.

http://techreport.com/articles.x/18799


Also, go for a full 16GB of RAM, and look into
RamDisk Plus from www.superspeed.com :

http://www.superspeed.com/desktop/ramdisk.php

We wrote a review about it here, finishing up with
a 16GB Intel Q9550 in an ASUS P5Q Premium:

http://www.supremelaw.org/systems/superspeed/RamDiskPlu...


The Intel Xeon E5420 is pretty far down in this list:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=[Dual+CPU]+Intel+Xeon+E5420+%40+2.50GHz


The LGA-771 socket is now 4 years old:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_771
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Xeon_micropr...


I predict that 4 x DIMM slots will see quad-channel access
in the foreseeable future, putting an even larger premium
on Intel's LGA-1366 Nehalem variants.


MRFS
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May 3, 2010 2:25:09 AM

e.g.:

Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 AMD 890FX Motherboard

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2514


GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MRFS
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May 3, 2010 7:05:11 PM

Thanks for the detailed information, MRFS. I put together a build on New Egg using your suggestions, and it definitely seems like I'm getting better performance for almost exactly the same price.

I appreciate it!
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May 3, 2010 7:07:56 PM

Ditch the WD drives for Samsung Spinpoint f3's. They are cheaper and faster.
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