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[Built Log] Switch 810 / Z9PE-D8 WS

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Built Log

I realize that a traditional build log aims to chronicle the progression of a build from concept to completion. However, given the unpredictable nature of budget requests for misunderstood necessities (like the replacement for a 6 year old workstation), I didn't want to start a log only to have it sit in limbo while I waited for approval that, in this economy, might never come. So, when my 7 month old request was suddenly green-lighted earlier this month I had to pull the trigger quickly.

I had about 10 days of down time between projects and needed to move quickly. 90% of the gear arrived on Friday the 14th and the rest came the following Monday and Tuesday. The need to have the rig up, running (and relatively stable) before my next project came in was paramount and so my opportunity to craft an awesome build log was lost.

Since I have been lurking on this forum for nearly a year, soaking up as much information from all of you as I could, (thank you) I still wanted to post the end result here. I hope that you don’t mind.

Overview

Though my trusty old HP xw8400 workstation had served me well for the past 6 years, her dual quad-core Xeon’s and DDR2 were definitely showing their age. After Effect render times were getting out of control and as predominately standard definition duty transitioned into predominately 1080p at insane bit rates, it was clear that I needed an upgrade. Having built computers from the ground up before, I decided that I would forego the 15 to 25 percent additional cost of an HP or Dell logo. My goal was silky smooth timelines in Premiere Pro and fast renders out of After Effects, Encore and Media Encoder. All while remaining reasonably quiet.

My initial thought was a custom water cooling loop. I had never done a custom water loop before and became nearly obsessed with the idea. I studied it, read about it, watched hours of YouTube and felt that I had acquired enough armchair knowledge to pull it off. Unfortunately, as I stared at the $1,900 worth of liquid cooling awesome in my Frozencpu.com “wish list”, I realized that it was going to put me woefully over budget and I wasn’t about to trade “go fast” parts for bling regardless of how epic it would have looked in the production suite. (Though it really would have looked exceptionally badass) So I went with a pair of AIOs from NZXT.

Besides, I might be able to swing a cooling “upgrade” at some point in the future. wink.gif Though I must say that the Kraken x60s are doing a remarkable job thus far.

Timeline

Budget Request Submitted – Late September 2012
Budget Request Approved – June 10th 2013 a.m.
Parts Order Placed - June 10th 2013 p.m.
Bulk of Parts Arrive – June 14th 2013
Build Started – June 14th 2013
Final Parts Arrive – June 18th 2013
Build Completed – June 19th 2013
OS & Drivers Loaded and Patched – June 20th 2013 a.m.
Testing and Mild Burn-In Completed – June 20th 2013 p.m.
Stability and Temperature Burn-In, Software Loaded and Patched – June 21st through June 24th 2013 a.m.
Mock Editing and Animation Workflow Simulation – June 24th 2013 p.m.
10 hours of XDCam HD Footage Arrives to be Cut Down to 8 Min (Including Titles, GFX and Logo Animation) – June 25th 2013 (Today)
Fingers Crossed – Now smile.gif



Gear
Case – NZXT SWITCH 810 Gun-Metal
CPUs – dual Intel Xeon E5-2687W Sandy Bridge-EP 3.1GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 20MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 150W 8-Core
Motherboard – ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI EEB Intel Motherboard
GPU – EVGA GeForce GTX Titan
Memory - 64GB (8 x 8GB) CORSAIR Dominator Platinum DDR3 SDRAM @ 2133
PSU - EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified
Storage -
OS Drive: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 512GB SATA III SSD
“In-Box” Drive: RAID0 2x SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 256GB SATA III SSD
“Out-Box” Drive: RAID0 2x SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 256GB SATA III SSD
Media Cache/Scratch Drive: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 256GB SATA III SSD
Near-line Project Storage Drive: eight spindle RAID5 24TB gigabit Q-Nap NAS (preexisting)
Near-line Media Storage Drive: twelve spindle RAID6 44TB gigabit Dell PowerEdge server (preexisting)
LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Play Back
Cooling -
2x NZXT Kraken X60 280mm Ultra Performance Liquid CPU Coolers
11x XIGMATEK AOS 140mm Ultra Quiet Copper Bushing Axis White LED Black Case Fans
Audio Interface -
Lexicon I-ONIX U22S
Speakers -
KRK RoKIT 5 near field monitors
Tannoy System 800 studio monitors


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CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Intel Xeon X5355 Intel Xeon X5355 0A08h NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 
GraphicsRAMRAMRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT  Hyundai Electronics  Nanya Technology  Hyundai Electronics  
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
Nanya Technology  Nanya Technology  Nanya Technology  Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 10000 R... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
WD Black WD1001FALS 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.... Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 7200 RPM ... Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cor... 
CaseMouseAudioOther
HP xw8400 Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cor... Lexicon I-ONIX U42S KRK RoKIT 5 near field monitors 
Other
Tannoy System 800 studio monitors 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2620M 1631 NVIDIA Quadro 1000M Hyundai Electronics  
RAMOS
Hyundai Electronics  Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT  Hyundai Electronics  Nanya Technology  Hyundai Electronics  
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
Nanya Technology  Nanya Technology  Nanya Technology  Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 10000 R... 
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WD Black WD1001FALS 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.... Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 7200 RPM ... Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cor... 
CaseMouseAudioOther
HP xw8400 Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cor... Lexicon I-ONIX U42S KRK RoKIT 5 near field monitors 
Other
Tannoy System 800 studio monitors 
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Intel Core i7 2620M 1631 NVIDIA Quadro 1000M Hyundai Electronics  
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post #2 of 4
My goodness...THAT SETUP!
Awesome build, I love the quality of the pictures thumb.gif Just wondering, what camera did you used?
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Thank you.

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Since It’s got a client's project in it right now I've not the time to run any benchmarks yet (other than a handful to burn in and check stability) but just judging by “seat of the pants” I’d say it’s very close to an order of magnitude faster than my old 8400. (Which has happily taken a back seat and now just handles lower demand tasks)

The Switch 810 was so easy to build in and it just swallows a ton of giant parts without looking freakishly huge itself.

The camera I used for the pics is a Nikon D200 with a slightly better than average (but not by much) 50mm and a slightly less than average 35-70.
   
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CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Intel Xeon X5355 Intel Xeon X5355 0A08h NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 
GraphicsRAMRAMRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT  Hyundai Electronics  Nanya Technology  Hyundai Electronics  
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
Nanya Technology  Nanya Technology  Nanya Technology  Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 10000 R... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
WD Black WD1001FALS 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.... Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 7200 RPM ... Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cor... 
CaseMouseAudioOther
HP xw8400 Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cor... Lexicon I-ONIX U42S KRK RoKIT 5 near field monitors 
Other
Tannoy System 800 studio monitors 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2620M 1631 NVIDIA Quadro 1000M Hyundai Electronics  
RAMOS
Hyundai Electronics  Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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Intel Xeon X5355 Intel Xeon X5355 0A08h NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 
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NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT  Hyundai Electronics  Nanya Technology  Hyundai Electronics  
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
Nanya Technology  Nanya Technology  Nanya Technology  Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 10000 R... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
WD Black WD1001FALS 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.... Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 7200 RPM ... Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cor... 
CaseMouseAudioOther
HP xw8400 Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cor... Lexicon I-ONIX U42S KRK RoKIT 5 near field monitors 
Other
Tannoy System 800 studio monitors 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2620M 1631 NVIDIA Quadro 1000M Hyundai Electronics  
RAMOS
Hyundai Electronics  Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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post #4 of 4

Very nice build.  :thumb:

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