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I have $4-5k for a work computer. I have a box of 10 R9 290X's just lying around, so I think we're set in that aspect.

It will be used for
  • Oculus Rift
  • Driving Simulators
  • 3D modeling
  • scientific simulation stuff

Basically we're a bit under budget and decided to get a new toy.

The budget excludes monitors/peripherals, though I would prefer not going too far past the point of diminishing returns. If there's a good bit of cash left over I wouldn't mind converting it into some nice 4k monitors. This thing should be able to run 3 of those if possible.

Now I used to be into this stuff and have a pretty nice gaming PC at home, but I've been out of the loop for a while and figured maybe you guys could help me out? I'd love to get back into it but my PhD isn't leaving me enough time.

I promise to provide lots of pictures and a build log!


Thanks for the help guys.
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Well assuming you know what you're doing on the rendering side and also assuming your AMD graphics cards are the right cards for the job. Here is what I would do with that larger budget.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DBCrLk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DBCrLk/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-5960X 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($1006.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus X99-E WS SSI CEB LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($483.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($902.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($338.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone TJ11B-W ATX Full Tower Case ($585.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.35 @ OutletPC)
Total: $3903.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-15 12:57 EST-0500

One of the fastest processors on the market right now paired with a motherboard that can support just about as many graphics cards as you want.
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7 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (single x16 or dual x16/x16 or triple x16/x16/x16 or quad x16/x16/x16/x16 or seven x16/x8/x8/x8/x16/x8/x8)
Of course I had to get the beefiest power supply i could find to support those power hungry graphics cards. The silverstone TJ11 case is large but you could put a rad in the basement if you want to watercool down the road. Or more hard drives or even another power supply if you needed it.
The case could be swapped out with a case labs case if you need more space though. plenty of budget left to allow for this to be done as the case labs case are a pretty penny.
post #3 of 60
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Fantastic, thanks. I'll talk to the boss about it. Looks sick.
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Originally Posted by eleanor296 View Post

Fantastic, thanks. I'll talk to the boss about it. Looks sick.

I would give it a few for other people to chime in. As confident as i am in my part picking abilities other people may have some contributions to add. Give it an hour at least for others to comment as well thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by XanderTheGoober View Post

I would give it a few for other people to chime in. As confident as i am in my part picking abilities other people may have some contributions to add. Give it an hour at least for others to comment as well thumb.gif

Will do! The AMD cards are appropriate for what we'll be using them for. We got them from AMD on the stipulation we do something cool with them. I think this would fulfill that requirement.

We have 8 projectors in the lab that can give us "surround video" with software that's able to do that. With most simulators we run, you need a machine for each screen to act as a separate viewport, basically. Looking into what fun things we could do with 1 computer. I'm excited!
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^ That build seems pretty good.

Personally, I would get a cheaper case, then get a PCIe SSD instead of the 850 Pro. The mobo might be a little overkill too (unless you really need all the space).

Are you planning on using 4 GPUs in that build?
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If I could stuff 4 of the cards in there, I'd be all for it. We have 10 of them just collecting dust after all (wish I could take two of them home!).

Recommendations for other cases? Space isn't much of a concern. Bigger is better to an extent.
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Cool to see that the PCIe SSDs are around now, and somewhat affordable too!
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kZVB99

CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($564.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus X99-DELUXE ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($375.48 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($462.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M6e 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($399.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower Case ($141.59 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2290.01
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