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View Full Version : Building a DCC/Gaming rig...comments on the parts?



suryad
11-14-2005, 03:18 AM
Home built setup:
- Tyan Thunder K8WE (S2895) motherboard
- 2 x AMD Opteron 275
- CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 3500 ram
- Thermaltake Tai-Chi VB5001SNA (with liquid cooling system)
- Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro 7.1
- 2 x Hitachi Ultrastar 147GB U320-SCSI 15000RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Buffer
- 2 x Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 16 mb cache SATA II
- Apple 30 inch LCD Cinema HD Display
- 2 x Nvidia Geforce 7800 gtx 512 mb
- 2 x Plextor PX-716A DL DVD+/- R/RW Drive
- Creative GigaWorks S750 7.1 Speaker System


Deleted the links because the specs might be changed. will update later .
Any comments are appreciated.

suryad
11-14-2005, 07:26 PM
I am thinking of dumping the Quadro for dual geforce 7800 gtx's with 512 mb memory each. Seems to me that would be a better decision since most of our work will not involve wireframes. Also that way an occasional game can be thrown into the mix besides just DCC work and that way I can enjoy best of the both worlds plus save me at least 600 dollars!:thumbsup:

gsnedders
11-14-2005, 09:16 PM
Believe me, you won't regret buying that monitor... /me doesn't know how you do so under Windows, but make sure you calibrate it... Large difference...


(Yes, I have it, for video editing for my dad)...

suryad
11-14-2005, 09:24 PM
Thanks. I went to the Apple store and checked out the monitor and it is absolutely stunning. We need as much resolution and as large a monitor as is possible (budget constraints included of course ;) ) and I was stunned by it. I have heard some concerns from certain purchasers regarding the brightness of the LCD but when I used it for the first time I dont think I had any issue regarding its brightness.

Anyway it is now time to make a few decisions...whether to wait or to splurge on all this...

suryad
11-15-2005, 12:58 AM
Version 2 of the system with some changes:
- Tyan Thunder K8WE (S2895) motherboard
Click here (http://www.tyan.com/products/html/thunderk8we.html)
- 2 x AMD Opteron 275
- CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) bUnbuffered DDR 433 (PC 3500) Dual Channel
Click here (http://www.corsairmemory.com/corsair/products/specs/TWINX2048-3500LLPRO.pdf)
- Thermaltake Armor VA8000BWS
Click here (http://www.thermaltake.com/xaserCase/armor/va8000bws/va8000bws.htm)
- Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro 7.1
Click here (http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=208&product=14064)
- Creative GigaWorks S750 7.1 Speaker System
Click here (http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=4&subcategory=461&product=9306)
- 2 x Hitachi Ultrastar 15K147 147GB SCSI 15000RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Buffer @
Click here (http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/15k147/15k147.htm)
- 2 x Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 16 mb cache SATA II
Click here (http://www.seagate.com/cda/products/discsales/marketing/detail/1,1081,705,00.html)
- 2 x Plextor PX-716AL DL DVD+/- R/RW DriveClick here (http://www.plextor.com/english/products/716AL.htm)
- Apple 30 inch LCD Cinema HD Display
Click here (http://www.apple.com/displays/specs.html)
- Logitech® diNovo™ Media Desktop™ Laser
Click here (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=2158,CONTENTID=10777)

I am still looking into the PSU issue as well as the ECC memory issue. Just found out that the Apparently I was informed there might be a possibility that the tyan mobo may not work with non-ECC memory. And the PSU I previouly listed may not have the juice to power the Tyan. Still looking into it.

SteelValor
11-15-2005, 02:18 PM
I 'd also suggest these add-ons (most of which can be found here http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/ )

Saitek Gaming Keyboard or the Wolf Claw II FPS Keyboard or Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard (the Saitek is pure ownage!)
Fatal1ty FatPad ( a must have for FPS'rs)
Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse or Logitech MX 501 ( a must have for FPS'rs)

Exis
11-16-2005, 11:01 PM
I 'd also suggest these add-ons (most of which can be found here http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/ )

Saitek Gaming Keyboard or the Wolf Claw II FPS Keyboard or Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard (the Saitek is pure ownage!)
Fatal1ty FatPad ( a must have for FPS'rs)
Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse or Logitech MX 501 ( a must have for FPS'rs)

I totally agree with Steel on this one. Ditch that laser mouse and pick up that MX 501. I bought one and it pretty much instantly made me better. Not incredibly better, but it was way easier to actually aim at people in CS:Source and Battlefield 2. That Saitek I have seen before and I plan on picking up that with the Fatal1ty FatPad end of this month. If you are going to game, especially with FPS's, you really should pick up these 3 items.

suryad
11-21-2005, 04:23 AM
Thanks fellas. I have updated a few more things...and you can check out the list so far here.
http://froogle.google.com/shoppinglist?a=SWL&id=c9654e4a13dbc9234f3a864ac17a3483f237d83d

SteelValor
11-21-2005, 02:44 PM
if you're an fps player you might want to check out the Wolf Claw II at thinkgeek.com :) this is getting my pick for "unique hardware component of the year"

suryad
11-21-2005, 07:37 PM
I will check it out. I play all sorts of games ranging from Final Fantasy to half life 2 to richard burns rally....thanks for the info...checking it out now :thumbsup:

suryad
11-21-2005, 07:40 PM
Heh that is definitely impressive. I was looking more along the lines of something like http://www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus/ hybrided up with the Logitech diNovo media keyboard. Best of both worlds!

SteelValor
11-21-2005, 10:15 PM
lol yah I recall that one on thecatacombs.net forums a couple months ago. when it get's release it'll be my pick :D

suryad
11-22-2005, 02:07 AM
Am thinking of getting a tape backup as well for storage of the master footage....hmm...this thing is spiralling easily beyond budget!



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