View Full Version : Advice needed for building a dual processor system
01-11-2005, 09:03 PM
I´ve been out of the tech world since I got my last PC (two years ago). Now I´m in the need of more power, so I´m thinking of building a DUAL system. I plan to get the parts from a vendor and do the assembly myself.
I mainly do 3D modeling (rhino and max) and some heavy rendering (max+Vray).
What would you reccomend... Intel Xeons or AMD Opterons? Why?
What about RAM and video?
For the power supply I heard that Antec and Enermax are pretty good. Shoud I need a 450 - 500 watt one?
ANY advice would highly appreciated!
01-11-2005, 10:48 PM
I would go for the Opteron system, it´s performance is pretty good (in my experience even better) than the xeon with a lot less heat and of course 64 bit support for future applications, specially with winxp 64 bit out, also has UNIX support. For the processor it depends mostly on how much will you like to spend, for an opteron 242 you could find some at around $200 us dlls at bizrate.com, opteron 244 for $300 or 246 for $400, but in ebay i´ve seen some opteron 250 at $300!! For most of us a 246 will do the job.
For the motherboard the best choice out there for performance/price is the MSI K8T MASTER 2 FAR, you could find it in bizrate for around $200 and has agp 8x support and up to 8gb ram.
For the memory registered ddr memory is a must and kingston is always a good choice, with atleast 1 gb mem you should be ok, but if you have some bucks to spend go for at least 2 gb.
For the video I use the Matrox Parhelia 256mb ($500) and it´s being working pretty fine, have heard some good thing about the 3d labs wildcat vp 880 and it´s less expensive than the parhelia (around $350)
Also very important get a good power supply, have seen computers go to wreckage more than once for having a cheap power supply, so buy a good Thermaltake or Powermax, go for the 500 watts.
Hope this info helps, good luck making your dually :applause:
01-12-2005, 11:07 AM
First piece of advice - understand how memory is used in dual processor (or any multiprocessor) machine.
It is different than single processor machines as you will find.
Generally, you need more memory to satisfy multiproc workstations.
01-18-2005, 11:50 PM
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INtels chips converted to 64 bit conversion chips about 6 months ago. they are 64 bit chips that run 32 bit programs. The only diffrence is that AMD Boosts about the Athlon 64. all the new Xeons are 64bit.
02-25-2005, 09:02 AM
I came across your post after looking for a advice on Wildcat vp 880... you ask about vp 880... now way dude... maybe it is my fault somehow... but it crashes my Max and After FX...for a year now i'm trying to find out what to do about it... new drivers... different setups... my machine works great with a 50$ worth graph. card (nVidia) slow though but it works... my Ati FireGL 8800 works good with it...but Wildcat works for a while but than errors start to come up... I use Dual Xeon 2.8, Intel MB....2,0 Gb RAM... Seagate drives 80 gbs (eide) ... if you have any informations i would really want to find out what is wrong... since i have bought a gun and plan on going to the guys that sold me this machine... :-)
02-25-2006, 10:00 AM
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