We are going to buy new systems to run AutoDesk's Inventor, 3D studio, and MS office software's. The system that has been quoted so far is show below. The system also has only one processor. Is this the best for my money? Please help me Identify the biggest and baddest system to put on my desk, should be HP.
ITEM DESCRIPTION /MFG. PART NUMBER UNIT PRICE
462145 HP XW8000 7/3.06 36GB 512MB XPP 2649.00
Most of us build using off the shelf parts that aren't propriatary and definetly don't try to try to use all parts from one manufacturer. If you are going with HP have them build the machine so you get a good warrenty.
My main question is should I use a single Xeon 3.06 or a P4 Processor as the core part of this system? My IT manager will not buy anything but HP & CDW... After reading the review about the Xeon 3.06 I was not confident that it is the best chose for us to use...for solid molding and rendering.
IMHO you should get DIY ( Do It Yourself ) systems instead of pre-built boxes, technical support should'nt be an issue since large manufacturers are known to be slow and incompetent whenever one of their system fails, even when under warrenty.
It'll most likely be faster to troubleshoot issues yourself, unless you like to wait on hold while a CSR browse trough a manual, only to get back to you saying "I'm sorry sir, but we never heard of such a problem before, my supervisor says we don't support that kind of problem, have you tried to see if the cord is plugged in the power outlet ?"
If you are going single chip design a P4EE 3.2 800mhz fsb would be a better option on a i875 chipset board. Since this is for business and stability is a critical issue I'd suggest the intel board for it but that isn't hp (even though intel would probally know more about making boards for their chips than hp...)
the only cheep dualy solution is the athlon mp, but that doesnt perform too well with only 133mhz fsb and a very old core and chipset. Back in the day when people used to dual process their piii's celerons and durons dualies were worth it, but now you have to shell out he $$ for a full fledged xeon to get a decent MP solution :frown:
BTW i would go for an 800mhz fsb p4. The xeon won't really help to much in single cpu situations, it has a shitload of cache but i think for your apps the 800mhz fsb of the p4c will outshadow that.
If it isn't a P6 then it isn't a procesor
110% BX fanboy
I have to wait 2 years for the upgrade, so the P4C might not be the best option then (heck, it isn't now). I did the get chance to use a few dualies recently and loved them, however. If I had to upgrade now, I'd do dual Opteron--but I don't have to and I have no interest to (or the money for a dualie right now).
Yeah, I know too few companies really program for SMP, let alone HT, but it would be cool to say encode a movie for a digital movie-making class (which isn't even offered at my HS) and play a HL2 simultaneously.
I am what I consider to be a lazy multitasker; once I open something it stays open until I shutdown (unless it's photoshop or indesign--those memory hogs). Dual monitors really help too (as well as my 1GB of ram). Too bad my computer doesnt have a second CPU or even HT--that would just be kickass.
I know, but it's always fun to imagine that I might actually have fun while doing homework. Anyway, at this rate with Valve, we might actually see a duelie that could do that (say the Xeon version of Pentium 5).