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07-23-2005, 05:38 AM
Well, I have a budget of U$3000-3500 so I need suggestions for constructing a PC for CG work.

I would really appreciate technical specifications.


07-23-2005, 07:52 AM
Well, I have a budget of U$3000-3500 so I need suggestions for constructing a PC for CG work.

I would really appreciate technical specifications.


well that is a decent budget, but you are not going to get the extreme high end with that.

Dual core Opteron 275's for example would eat up 2600.00 of that budget. Although the Opteron 270 would only take up about 2,000.00

Tyan K8WE would eat another 500.00

2gb of registered memory, Corsair or OCZ would cost you around 330.00. That would be 2 sticks at 1gb each. For a dual board, your optimum would be to have 2 dimms per CPU. or 4gb.

That right there would put you at 3660.00.

Your best bet would probably be to build a single CPU system around an X2 Dual core processor. Then you will have the benefits of having a dual CPU sysem, but at a greatly reduced cost. example:

Asus A8N-SLI Premium. 179.00 Expensive board, but well worht the cost. Has heatpipe cooling on the chipset. Very nice and quiet since it doesn;t have a big noisy fan sitting on it.

X2 4400+ CPU, (dual Core) 615.00

nVidia 7800 video card, PCI-e interface. 550.00 (approx) Lightning fast at everything.

Thermaltake XP90-c heatsink (copper heatpipe) very nice. about 50.00 or so. Not sure if I got that number correct, but I think so. I got the thermaltake CL-P0025 Just because I though it looked cool.

2gb OCZ ram, 2 x 1024 PC3200 230.00

and of course never skimp on the power supply. Antec makes some very solid units in their truepower series. You'll spend around 100.00 for one.

So, MB, CPU, GPU, ram, covers your essentials. And you still have a bit of cash to play with.

Monitors can suck up a bit of cash, but there appear to be periodic deals on the Dell 24" LCD for around 1100.00, but that will dangerously eat up a big chunk of your remaining cash. You still have not gotten HD's yet.

However if you just stick with some of the SATA/SATA II drives (SATA II's just started hitting the market recently) then you are all set. Even with the Dell monitor, you still have over 500.00 to blow on drives, keyboard, mouse and a few extras.

I personally am looking at the new LSI Megaraid Serial Attached SCSI controller (PCI-E interface) and some of the new SAS drives which are only available in extremely limited quantities. However that option is pretty expensive. The interface card is over 700.00

07-23-2005, 08:10 AM
Actually my system I'm building on the thread here is around the same budget:


Dell monitors are great prices right now too, the 24" can be found for just under $800 I believe... and the 20.1" models at $390 each shipped.

07-23-2005, 08:20 AM

Thermaltake CLP0071 (http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=M&Product_Code=130463&Category_Code=64Heatsinks)

I have got to check this monster out!!! ROTFLMAO!!!

07-24-2005, 09:54 AM
dell 2405 can be had for $899

why not 2X 7800GTX?q

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