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05-28-2007, 08:27 AM
we are going to buy new renderslaves in our studio, would like to know your feedback on this configuration. We are running 3dsmax 64bit with vray and we try to find proper configuration
for handling heavy animation scenes...
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 CPU 2.67GHz
4GB DDR2 Kingston 667MHz RAM
Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 Core 2 Duo Mainboard
cheap graphic card
05-28-2007, 09:00 AM
If this is your budget, the core 2 Dou is a good choice, Xeon and Opterons are generally better but are more expensive.
Anyway you don't need to spend on a GPU (graphics card) at all. The onboard vga will do just fine and use a KVM or VNC (software KVM) for monitoring.
Maybe check for 19" 1 HU barebone systems. They can be build rather cheap and have a nice formfactor. Here in germany you can get a barebone from ASUS for €420 and with all needed hardware to get a system like the one you specified you are in the range of €900 (incl. VAT).
05-28-2007, 11:54 AM
Thanks guys for reply,
just started to think, that quad core in one box is maybe cheaper/better choice then two dual core comps... what do you think about this setup?
motherboard: Asus P5K motherboard 220aud
cpu: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz 4x2Mb Cache Quad Core 710aud
memory: 2x Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB (2x XMS2 1GB) PC-6400 (800MHz) DDR2 RAM, 2x240-pin DIMMs, Non ECC Unbuffered, 4-4-4-12 2x220=440aud
2shrek: barebone seems to me expensive, I am searching just for something budget, need just good cpu/motherboard/ram, ...maybe am wrong... Is the barebone cheaper, than to setup own budget 1u case, which will be hidden all the time in the dark room?
The smaller Core 2 Quad processors are scheduled to get a nice price reduction in the next few months so this would make sense if you can wait a moment.
Since you were asikng for renderslaves i took it that you wanted several system (10 or more). In that case 19" 1 HU systems easily have an over all advantage compared to normal mini tower systems when it comes to installation and maintainance. If you are only looking for a single system than maybe it makes sense to build one on your own.
I wouldn't dismiss barebones so fast, they are a bit more expensive than single components, but especialy with 19" systems you have a whole lot less work and matching parts for cabeling and cooling.
05-28-2007, 01:03 PM
We are going to buy 10 dual or 5 quad comps, hopefuly in one month. I think that we should definitely save some money in quad variation. Have to consider the case yet, thanks for your tip.
05-28-2007, 01:03 PM
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