Thanks guys, i’ve read up on net render and I have a pretty good idea of the new specs:
3 of everything(except for cooling components. They have their own quantities)
2.6 ghz socket 478 celeron 89.99x3
mach speed P4x400D Mobos 34.99x3
40 gig caviar 7200 RPM 59.99x3
POWMAX 300 watt Power supplies 17.99x3
512mb stick of pc3200 by Ultra 89.99x3
These are my cooling components:
3 Vantec aeroflow cpu cooling fans 25.99x3
6 Powmax 120mm case cooling fans 4.99x6
Zalman ZM-MFCI 6-channel fan controller 39.99
That is $1,025! I’m just a few dollars under budget! (Original Component Budget 1,050)
The setup will be that I a have one Mobo acting as a server and the other two as clients. Essentially this system will be three computers in one case. The operating systems will be installed on all hard drives using my current system. Doing that, I’ll remove all of the bells and whistles of my current computer so that I wont have any software issues when the hard drive is moved to the render farm.
I’ve decided to go ahead and put them all in the same case. The guy I was getting the Acrylic from for free decided to sell it on Ebay last night. What a kind uncle, huh? NE way I’m still going to build the case myself. I was thinking of doing it in steel and thick Plexi.
WAIT it’s not going to be ugly. I’ll weld a boxframe from one inch bar stock and cut some really bitchin’ fillets out of sheet metal that are in the shape of flames and then I’ll have the frame proffessionally painted midight blue. After that I’ll take the plexi and smoothe the edges so that they fit together Perfectly. It will look good because it’s going in between my computer desK and my bed. My curent system sits a mere meter from my head as I sleep at night so fan noise does not bother me anymore.:shrug: I know… I’m a strange one.:surprised
The reason my uncle sold the acrylic is that he found the Not-too-thin plexi and thought that it would “better suit my needs” He also forgot to remove the dollar signs from his eyes…LOL. The case will be painted by a good friend of mine who owes me one and owns a body shop:thumbsup: . The only thing I have to buy is the steel, And I own a welder.
Now on to my questions:(Sorry, but you knew they were coming!)
since I am using one mobo as a server and the other two as clients, I need to know whether I should us Windows Server or XP on the non client MOBO.
will two fans on each board be enough? Please send me your email if you would like a bitmap blueprint of the case to better answere this question.
I didn’t get enough info on net render to know if it will put the server to work rendering also. Will it?
Final question. do you think I should have the fan controller? and should I go down to cheaper 80mm fans?
You guys have been a great help in telling where to go for info. I thank you all from the bottom of my hear.
May the stars shine brightly upon you path
P.S. This is the longest post I have ever made in any forum… EVER!!!