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Mbreitba, those look great, but not very cost effective for my needs though.
Based on my numbers, you're looking at about 699 for the barebones, HDD, RAM, and CPU (plus shipping) that's not a whole lot more than what you're currently spending, and you get it in 1U, rather than 3, so you can put 3x the systems in your rack for more render power.
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This is true, $730 after shipping, I was having a brain fart when I posted that, I thought it came with a cheap Xeon...My only concerns there would be Power and heat. I definitely can't get away with overclocking a Q6600 on that, I am afraid to think how hot it would be stock...

Also, I wouldn't have a Cd drive, I could always install the disks with a full dvd drive and just remove it when I was done I guess. I don't know, you have experiance with them, do you think heat would be a big issue? could I get some small fans, fill the case, and try and find a 1U HS and OC to 3ghz?

also, does it fit in a 19" rack?, IE does it have extenders or something since it is so small?
Edited by MXjunk127 - 7/29/08 at 10:23am
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First of all MXjunk127 thank you +rep for creating this thread. I've been searching around the web for months now trying to find info on setting up a low cost render farm and only found the Helmer setup.

Now with that out of the way I've been looking at this setup for business purposes:

Gigabyte GA-G33M-S2L

Intel Q6600 OEM

2 Sets of these for a total of 8GB

Dynatron P199

All stuffed into this 1U blade chassis

All this comes in at around $500 shipped. My only concern would be heat as I do want to overclock the Q6600 to 3.0 Ghz. I wanted the 1U form factor to maximize performance in the smallest space as possible. Any input you have on my setup would be greatly appreciated and thanks ahead of time.
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post #24 of 68
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Well thanks for the rep, I don't deserve it really...Theres more on my blog and I will be making a webpage for the build when its all clean and stuff I think, I prolly should do a how to: for the site as well?

First off, $500, awesome!

The case looks ok, but beware the fan is loud and the reviews state you may need extra cables for it because the case is mainly meant for their mobos. What about your hard drive though?

I am hesitant to go 1U just because of the heat and cooling, but I guess there is only one way to find out. I may get the other 1U listed in the thread next and see...One thing to note is that the heat does accumulate in the rack, if you have multiple machines running...Just for kicks I put a laptop and a file server in the case last night and the temps on all the machines rose a few C...I wonder what it will be like when I have a few more quads running at load...

Why are you going 8gb/what are you rendering, if you don't mind? I was going to go 8gb but decided not to until I run into a project that requires me to, IE crashes max...That 5-5-5-18 is a bit slow, but I guess it doesn't matter for a blade...I have the 4-4-4-12's in my workstation...Great ram.

The heatsink looks like it runs cool, but its supposedly loud...

Otherwise, seems like a good build if you are ready to jump into it. Good luck.
Edited by MXjunk127 - 7/29/08 at 12:28pm
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Going to be rendering maya projects. Here's another question, what components would you put together for a quiet build?
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post #26 of 68
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ahh cool, I need to pick maya back up, haven't used it since 6.5...

You know, to be honest, looking at it, at 1U the only way to be quiet and cool is to either spend a lot of money on water, or on a nicer case...One thing I could try and do is try and rig 40mm fans up in the front of the case, and maybe even this on each side if the board has 3 fan controllers:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835704001

We may have to deal with noise, I have my rack in my room, so as quiet as can be is possible, with 20 fans and an AC room blowing the room sounds like an airtunnel.
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post #27 of 68
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This is true, $730 after shipping, I was having a brain fart when I posted that, I thought it came with a cheap Xeon...My only concerns there would be Power and heat. I definitely can't get away with overclocking a Q6600 on that, I am afraid to think how hot it would be stock...

Also, I wouldn't have a Cd drive, I could always install the disks with a full dvd drive and just remove it when I was done I guess. I don't know, you have experiance with them, do you think heat would be a big issue? could I get some small fans, fill the case, and try and find a 1U HS and OC to 3ghz?

also, does it fit in a 19" rack?, IE does it have extenders or something since it is so small?

The Xeon that we've got in there doesn't get hot at all. I don't know how it would do overclocked, but at 2.4ghz a x6600 or xeon would be lots of render power.

As far as fitting in a rack, it does and it's sturdy enough to be mounted on just the front tabs. I suppose you could pick up some rack extenders if you wanted. Do the 3U and 4U servers that you have mount front and back, or do they just mount on the front?

I also noticed that people were talking about the noise - the 1U that I recommended is LOUD. If it's going to be in the room with you, I would highly recommend against it. If it's going to be in the basement in a closet, that would probably work fine, but having anywhere in the vicinity of where you are working at will make your ears bleed. Most any 1U is going to be like that to keep the processor and memory cool.

-edit- I'll power the one up that I have at home tomorrow and video it to give you an idea of the noise - it's by far not the quietest system I've ever had.
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post #28 of 68
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Yeah I am fully expecting 1U systems to sound like F14s out of the box, I may be able to mod them a bit...The server rack is about 10 feet from my head where I sleep at night, so... Noise isnt anything new, my room already sounds like a jetway with the AC and my desktop.

I just mounted my 3U case with 4 screws on the front tab...

The X3220 seems like the comparable Xeon counterpart to the Q6600, at $35 more than the Q6600, the thermal Specification is 85c, that seems like a fair price to pay for 15c to play with...And they are definitely overclockable.

The hardest part about this whole thing is getting the networking config'd correctly, especially with the programs, now I know why network guys pull it in!
Edited by MXjunk127 - 7/30/08 at 2:26am
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post #29 of 68
Where did you get that rack? I want one so damn bad... but unwilling to shell out major bucks for it!
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I will sell it, shoot me an offer

I was lucky enough to snipe it off of Craigslist a few min after it was posted.
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