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WORKSTATION BUILD - Sound OK?

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February 2, 2011 3:53:50 PM

Hi Guys,

I’ve been planning on building a new workstation ( my first build ) and was hoping you guys could cast an eye over my proposed spec to make sure that all components are compatible and most appropriate for my needs.

General Usage

I’m a freelance designer working in a mix of 2D and 3D graphics utilizing 3DS Max and mental ray. 3D wise I produce mainly still renders of products and interiors. I deal with some quite large 2D graphics and am looking at moving more into architectural visualization also will be using some larger data sets in the future.

I will be looking at investing in V-Ray 2.0 in the near future.

Overview of Spec

CASE:
Coolermaster Cosmos RC-1000 Full Tower Case

POWER SUPPLY: Coolermaster GX 750W PSU

Is this an adequate power supply?

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

PROCESSOR:
Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz Socket 1366 8MB

GRAPHICS CARD: Gigabyte GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card

I’ve read allot here about the issues with the new Nvidia cards and to be honest I’m unsure what to think, I plan to make use of V-rays GPU. Essentially I’m just looking for significant improvements over my current card a Nvidia Quadro FX 370.

MEMORY: 6 x Corsair Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600mhz Vengeance Memory Module CL9 1.5V Non-ECC Unbuffered

Will I see significant performance improvements in going from 1333mhz to 1600mhz?

SYSTEM DRIVE:
Hitachi 1TB Deskstar 3.5" Hard Drive - SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cach

MEDIA DRIVE: Hitachi 1TB Deskstar 3.5" Hard Drive - SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cach

I may consider running 3 Drives with the media drive being mirrored in case of drive failure, would I need an additional raid controller for this?

COOLING:
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1155, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler

ADDITIONAL:
DVD RW + CARD READER

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Professional

I would really appreciate it if anyone can provide any feedback on this build and also offer any advice on important things to consider during the build.

Cheers

Dave



February 2, 2011 4:43:25 PM

Since you aren't gaming, you're better off with a workstation card.

Quadro 2000 is a very good card, though $450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Can also consider the older, but sitll valid fx1800 $388
http://www.amazon.com/PNY-VCQFX1800-PCIE-PB-NVIDIA-Quad...

PSU is more than enough. You can actually just grab a good 550w or 650W and you'll be fine with even 2 quadro's.

DOn't go with Cm though. Best good priced ones are XFX, Corsair and Antec.
xfx 650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
atenc 550 tp

Antec tp 650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec HX 650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM wise I'd go with G Skill, better deals overall. CAS latency will have a larger effect than speed. Look for cas 7 RAM.

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

HSf- Freezer 7 pro isn't actually a good one. Go with a Hyper 212 plus for same price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Samsung Spinpoint F3's are a better overall buy. Not a biggie though.
February 2, 2011 6:14:08 PM

Thanks for the points you've raised, i'll go over them and see if i can revise my spec.

Re: GPU Everything i have read suggests that the GTX cards give equal performance to the Quadros for a significantly reduced price, especially when you take into account the number of Cuda cores for RT rendering.
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February 2, 2011 8:04:00 PM

Well, cards are pretty similar, but drivers are a whole nother story. Unless you wanna hack your GTX cards to use the Quadro drivers, the quadro's will be much much better.

Even then, hardware wise there are some essential differences. For example, GTX cards have double precision floating point calculations hardware limited to half of quadro cards.
February 4, 2011 6:25:25 AM

I've taken some advice from a few places and revised my spec a little, let me know what you guys think.

I hear that the 2000 series processors will be back on the market late this month so if they are released before i purchase this system I may revise my spec again


Overview of Spec

CASE: Coolermaster Cosmos S Black Aluminium Case
Revised from Cosmos due to better cooling desing

POWER SUPPLY: Antec TruePower New 650W Modular PSU
1.Revised due to advice and reduction in power to 650W

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
I'm not sure about this, reviews arnt great does anyone have an opinion?
May be revised for the 2000 series chips.


PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz Socket 1366 8MB
May be revised for the 2000 series chips.

GRAPHICS CARD: Gigabyte GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
I’ve read allot here about the issues with the new Nvidia cards and to be honest I’m unsure what to think, I plan to make use of V-rays GPU rendering capabilties. Essentially I’m just looking for significant improvements over my current card a Nvidia Quadro FX 370.

MEMORY: 6x G-Skill 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Ripjaws Memory Module CL9(9-9-9-24) 1.5V
Revised from 1600mhz for cost saving

SYSTEM DRIVE:
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard

MEDIA DRIVE:
Hitachi 1TB Deskstar 3.5" Hard Drive - SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cach

COOLING: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Socket 775,
Will this be suffucient?

ADDITIONAL: DVD RW + CARD READER

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Professional

Let me know what you guys think.

Many thanks

Dave
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