Budget 3ds max/CAD Render Boxes - AU$800

Hi guys,

Normally I'd spend hours researching and hand picking the best components for the system, but I just don't have time so I thought I might be able to utilise what other's are currently building, or have built recently.

I work independantly as a 3d specialist / video editor. I have my workstation, plus 2 weak systems which up until now has been sufficient rendering power. But I have just landed a contract and need to think about rendering boxes since I will be working on my own workstation around the clock.
Purely based on budget, I want to avoid a building/buying a rack, and slotting it with systems. That might happen down the track, but I need a solution within a few days even if it's a temporary measure.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP, locally.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: CAD rendering. Primarily 3D Studio Max and VRay. Running Linux Unbuntu and Dr Queue.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Will be Remoting to systems, will not require any peripherals (keyboard, mouse, or monitor).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I have been using Australian online shop www.pccasegear.com.au but will most likely buy localled based on these prices.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Anything Bang for Buck. I was thinking AMD Phenom on a Gigabyte board, or similar.

OVERCLOCKING: No.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Pc's will be stacked in a spare room with a server, noise is not a major concern. Onboard graphics would be a plus. Rendering is primarily driven by CPU and RAM.


Based on my own quick reseach, here is what I have come up with. I am looking for suggestions on everything listed, or parhaps I have overlooked something. Will the 420W PSU listed be able to run an X6 Phenom and 8gb of RAM? I'm more interested in cheap parts that can be replaced than I am quality parts that will last forever.
Prices are all Australian currency.

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - $255
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14156

GeIL GV34GB1333C9DC 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 X 2 (8GB total) - $230
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14254

Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H mATX Motherboard - $109
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14197

CoolerMaster Elite 341 with 420W - $69
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=11074


** EDIT **
Hard Drive will help;

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB ST3500418AS - $59
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13263


Total: $722.00


Thankyou in advance.

Cheers.
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  1. At that price, you have done well except for the PSU, which is junk.

    This Antec case comes with a Delta-built Antec Earthwatts 380W that will serve you much better:
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_733&products_id=14569

    MSY usually has better prices:
    http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/msy.htm
  2. Proximon said:
    At that price, you have done well except for the PSU, which is junk.

    This Antec case comes with a Delta-built Antec Earthwatts 380W that will serve you much better:
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_733&products_id=14569

    MSY usually has better prices:
    http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/msy.htm



    That is great, It sounds like a much better option.
    Thank you for your response.
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