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Hey guys. Let me begin by saying that this is NOT for me. My best friend is the president of the graphic designing club at my high school, and he said one of our other friends (much smarter with computers than I am) and I could help him out on a build. The build will be put in one of our computer labs and everyone will have access to it at some point in the club. Over 2 years, the club has had bake sales, and various other methods to gather the money, and they finally have $5500 to build a rig. I am not part of the club, but I do visit sometimes after school just to see how everyone is, because I have a lot of friends in the club.

The PC will mainly be used for heavy graphic design and video rendering. Note that they will also need to purchase a mouse, monitor(s), and a keyboard.

What would you guys recommend? I asked this on another forum but I mainly got trolled by people saying "What a lier" and "Sandy Bridge RIGHT NOW" (it wasn't a computer forum). The only real guideline we have right now is that it must be an Intel system, as that is what the President ordered. We don't know whether or not we want to go through the hassle with water cooling since none of us have any experience with it.

Also, you might not see me post very often in this thread, but I will read every single reply. I have a lot of studying to do for the May 7th SAT.
Edited by ComradeNF - 4/26/11 at 8:54pm
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Hmmm...unless someone knows how to maintain a WC loop... Air cooling might be best option...anyone can handle a can of "canned air".... I would say 2600k sandy maybe with one of the Z68 upcoming boards( for SSD cacheing) ...a small SSD OS and another small SSD for cacheing....then some nice 1TB drives for storage...*sighs*..I am thinking Nivida video more in the line for Video editing..but you will have to ask others on that... standard 16GB of DDR3 1600 ram...and depending if SLI or Crossfire... a 700 watt PSU or higher for multiple GPUS
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Hmmm...unless someone knows how to maintain a WC loop... Air cooling might be best option...anyone can handle a can of "canned air".... I would say 2600k sandy maybe with one of the Z68 upcoming boards( for SSD cacheing) ...a small SSD OS and another small SSD for cacheing....then some nice 1TB drives for storage...*sighs*..I am thinking Nivida video more in the line for Video editing..but you will have to ask others on that... standard 16GB of DDR3 1600 ram...and depending if SLI or Crossfire... a 700 watt PSU or higher for multiple GPUS
You mentioned multiple HD's and SSD's. Do you think the HD's should be in any kind of RAID set-up?
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Case: FT-02 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-161-_-Product) $250
CPU: i7-2600k (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-070-_-Product) $315
Mobo: Gigabyte P67 UD7 B3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...gigabyte%20ud7) $320
GPU: HD 6990 x4 for crossfire (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-395-_-Product) $2400
SSD: Vertex 3 240GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-707-_-Product) $550
HDD: Samsung F3 2TB x2 for raid0 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185) $130
RAM: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB Dual Channel (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-330-_-Product) $210
CPU cooler: Corsair H70 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=corsair%20h70) $100
PSU: Kingwin Lazer Gold 1000W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-075-_-Product) $230
Mouse: Razer Mamba (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=razer%20mamba) $130
Keyboard: Topre Realforce 103UB (http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...&pid=rf_se02b0) $245
Monitor: Not sure how many you'd want... you can go crazy here =)

Total without the monitors: $4880

Anyways, I just went crazy here... I'm not even sure if you need this kind of power though.
Most programs don't even need the full power of a single 6990 card.
Went with H70 to save space for those 4 gpu + ram.
Also, I'm not sure how much power you need for 4x 6990 as well.... I'm assuming that 1000W can handle it, but I've no idea.

Edit 1: I honestly have no idea how to build a proper 3D rendering workstation PC. I only do gaming builds so I probably am a little off here and there.

Edit 2: Replace those GPU's with a single workstation GPU that's worth the similar budget. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-325-_-Product
Also, spend less on the ssd and go with sr-2 with dual cpu setup.
Edited by ysoto78 - 4/26/11 at 9:04pm
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Quote:
heavy graphic design and video rendering
what programs will be used?

5000 is alot of money, and the price of components in the US are cheaper than AUS. u can get a really powerfull pc. i say go for a sr2 build.

EDIT: ^

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Case: FT-02 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-161-_-Product) $250
CPU: i7-2600k (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-070-_-Product) $315
Mobo: Gigabyte P67 UD7 B3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...gigabyte%20ud7) $320
GPU: HD 6990 x4 for crossfire (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-395-_-Product) $2400 cant use 8 gpus
SSD: Vertex 3 240GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-707-_-Product) $550
HDD: Samsung F3 2TB x2 for raid0 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185) $130
RAM: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB Dual Channel (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-330-_-Product) $210 hes going to need abit more ram. (my guess would be)
CPU cooler: Corsair H70 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=corsair%20h70) $100
PSU: Kingwin Lazer Gold 1000W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-075-_-Product) $230
Mouse: Razer Mamba (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=razer%20mamba) $130
Keyboard: Topre Realforce 103UB (http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...&pid=rf_se02b0) $245 link is broken and 245 for a kb? a nice mechanical KB for about 100 is awesome
Monitor: Not sure how many you'd want... you can go crazy here =)

Total without the monitors: $4880
EDIT 2: nvm it didnt quote properly about the bad link
Edited by newpc - 4/26/11 at 8:50pm
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With as high of a budget you have, you might want to look into getting an Intel Xeon cpu. And 6990 + 6970 for trifire, I wouldn't reccomend a 590 because of the power issues with the VRMs. Also water cooling for everything.
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post #7 of 75
instead of a 2600k I might even look into a 980 or 990. I think those are better for graphics encoding. But I don't know much and haven't tested it first hand. Heck I only have a 2500k so take my words with some caution.
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You mentioned multiple HD's and SSD's. Do you think the HD's should be in any kind of RAID set-up?
Hmmm...not knowing how the SSD caching will be setup...I am just assuming using ONE SSD for OS use...while the other is for Cache functions... with the Cache functions..I would saying using WDblacks(or raptors if the budget allows it) would be better than just doing Raid..I am assuming the Cache would probably work both ways...
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Case: FT-02 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-161-_-Product) $250
CPU: i7-2600k (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-070-_-Product) $315
Mobo: Gigabyte P67 UD7 B3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...gigabyte%20ud7) $320
GPU: HD 6990 x4 for crossfire (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-395-_-Product) $2400
SSD: Vertex 3 240GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-707-_-Product) $550
HDD: Samsung F3 2TB x2 for raid0 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185) $130
RAM: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB Dual Channel (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-330-_-Product) $210
CPU cooler: Corsair H70 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=corsair%20h70) $100
PSU: Kingwin Lazer Gold 1000W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-075-_-Product) $230
Mouse: Razer Mamba (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=razer%20mamba) $130
Keyboard: Topre Realforce 103UB (http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...&pid=rf_se02b0) $245
Monitor: Not sure how many you'd want... you can go crazy here =)

Total without the monitors: $4880

Anyways, I just went crazy here... I'm not even sure if you need this kind of power though.
Went with H70 to save space for those 4 gpu + ram.
This looks much much more for gaming than anything else.

I would go for some kind of dual CPU setup, like a server type config or even a SR-2
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post #10 of 75
If it is for school you could probably get some kind of discount by ordering through certain sites that give discounts for that sort of thing.
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