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November 19, 2012 11:14:54 AM

Hi guys,

This is my first PC build, and just wondering if the below configuration will:

1) Work?
2) If so, work optimally?
3) If not maybe some pointers?

CPU:
Intel XEON E5-1650 (Sandy Bridge-EP)
12M Cache, 3.2Ghz, 6 cores

MOTHERBOARD:
GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI Intel® C606 Express Chipset

GRAPHICS CARD:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB

MEMORY:
G.Skill DDR3-1600 32GB Quad Channel

POWER SUPPLY:
OCZ FATAL1TY 750W 80+ SLI MODULAR PSU

CASE:
Gigabyte GZ-X1 Black Midi Tower Case

I'm switching back to the 'darkside' after being with Mac for a while—just got sick of Apple being so slow to release pro workstations!

Ohh, and I just realised how much I've been getting ripped off when you check the $$ on custom builds!!

Thanks heaps in advance guys :) 

Mark
Melbourne, Australia
November 19, 2012 11:36:56 AM

McJohnE said:
Hi guys,

This is my first PC build, and just wondering if the below configuration will:

1) Work?
2) If so, work optimally?
3) If not maybe some pointers?

CPU:
Intel XEON E5-1650 (Sandy Bridge-EP)
12M Cache, 3.2Ghz, 6 cores

MOTHERBOARD:
GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI Intel® C606 Express Chipset

GRAPHICS CARD:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB

MEMORY:
G.Skill DDR3-1600 32GB Quad Channel

POWER SUPPLY:
OCZ FATAL1TY 750W 80+ SLI MODULAR PSU

CASE:
Gigabyte GZ-X1 Black Midi Tower Case

I'm switching back to the 'darkside' after being with Mac for a while—just got sick of Apple being so slow to release pro workstations!

Ohh, and I just realised how much I've been getting ripped off when you check the $$ on custom builds!!

Thanks heaps in advance guys :) 

Mark
Melbourne, Australia


Hi Mark,

What you have picked will work well. Don't think you need the XEON, but it will do just fine. No hard drives/SSD listed though. I have a similar build for the same purposes you have outlined, maybe even a bit more. I'm using CS6 and 3DS max design.

I have great success with a 240GB SSD and 4 500GB drives in raid 10.
November 19, 2012 12:13:52 PM

Hey!

Thanks for your quick response!

... Yeah I was thinking about going the 6-core i7 3930K (Sandy Bridge-E), but they are the same price and the Xeon has PCI 3.0 support & 375GB max RAM (Although I'm starting off with 32GB of RAM.

RE: HHDs .... I've got a 240GB OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD that I'm currently using in my Macbook Pro that I was going to switch over to use as my System Drive.

My working drive was going to be a 3TB Seagate Barracuda 7200. I wonder if that will bottleneck my work on large files?

Maybe I should use your method and build an array of 4x500GB instead? Do you use your Raid array or SSD for scratch?

Cheers
Mark
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November 19, 2012 2:17:50 PM

I have the scratch, windows swap, and windows search index on the array. Raid 10 is plenty fast for all three.
November 19, 2012 8:41:03 PM

OK, cool.

Thanks for your help!
!