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How to make a quad-core rendering machine you can take ANYWHERE: *coming soon* :D

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* Intel Quad Core Q9400S 2.66ghz low-power quad-core - $284.99 - Was originally going for a Q9550S until I found out the price-match offer I found wasn't acceptable.... oh well, it's only 166mhz down and $100 less
* Zotac GF-9300-G-E LGA775 Mini-ITX motherboard - $139.99 [not in stock right now though]
* Aopen S145A Mini ITX case - This, with it's sufficient 160W PSU and size similar to a Mini-Box M-350, is what makes this entire build possible - $66.46
* Kingston Hyper-X DDR2-800 memory 4-4-4-12 4GB - $119.99
* Patriot PS32GS25SSDR PS-100 32GB SSD 2.5" - $110.77
* Silverstone SDP-08 2.5" to 3.5" converter [required for the SSD] -$12.99
* Windows 7 Home Premium x64 upgrade edition - which I already have thanks to the pre-order in July and will be installing via the (legal) double-install method - ~$72

NCIX's price match feature [match the price to a competitor store's price] is a miracle - I was able to bring the price down on most of the parts, especially the Q9550S. Not only that, no shipping fees as NCIX is a local store. This will likely be my first PC build [Yes, it was someone else who built my sig-rig sadly... but that was 3 months ago when I knew nothing at all about building PC's ]

Linked to Flagship [my sig-rig] and another Athlon II x4 quad core I'm configuring [for my family] via network, I'll have 12 cores at my disposal for network rendering with Sony Vegas. Add the crappy Acer dual-core in my dad's office and my mom's laptop - that's 16 cores of rendering power!

The greatest advantage however is that this is a fairly low-power media centre for our HDTV, most especially for being a full quad-core. This will let me play some of my Blu-Ray rips directly from a PC [instead of time-consumingly burning to dual-layer disc], as well as watch movies and/or edit & render nice and fast while on a vacation [if the hotel TV has an HDMI input or alternatively I could use a converter I have to convert 1024x768 video for use on a regular CRT TV.]

The final price of this build (not counting the OS) is a relatively low $845.96. [NOTE: Running under any regular HDD rather than RAID 0 SSDs this would probably only cost some $675, though I had many reasons to choose the SSDs]. This is a significant price upgrade over a custom-built Intel Atom solution or the Acer Revo (almost twice as much) but is most definitely worth it. This also costs just about the same as another quad-core rendering machine I could build, but the big advantage is the really small size It's capable of playing 1080p (though it won't do gaming because of the limited graphics chipset, but I won't be gaming at all on this computer) and output thru HDMI, as well as being an insanely powerful but portable rendering device. This is also replacing a really old TV computer that doesn't even do anything close 720p and is used for watching Filipino TV from a subscription website [my family will be donating that computer].

Note: I haven't chose a DVD or Blu-ray drive yet. I'll just install Windows 7 off a USB to this, and decide on getting a DVD or Blu-Ray drive later... and maybe sell my current blu-ray player [my family is still deciding on this]. That will potentially add another $50 [DVD drive] or $170 [Blu-ray slimline drive] to the cost of this computer, but in my opinion, even with the final cost of this amounting to some $1000+ with the blu-ray player, it's definitely worth it.
This PC is mine & my family's in around 2010.... if my dad approves to renew our PCs in around 2010 in a somewhat-massive ~$1500 purchase.... and of course, after we sell our older, crummy PC's

What the case & motherboard will look like:

Edited by xd_1771 - 12/16/09 at 4:23pm
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this seems like a nice build. can you make some photos, and have you got the merchandise yet?

you should put a 2TB western digital drive in there aswell!
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Photos or it does not exist! And I stand my this.
 
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No I don't have any photos yet [I haven't even ordered this!] so technically, it currently doesn't exist. I put a few photos up anyway though I'm planning to either put another 32GB SSD [RAID 0] or a 2.5" HDD for much bigger storage [thanks to the adapter which allows 2 2.5" HDDs/SSDs... I just hope there's enough space in the case]

I'll be sure to post pics when I am actually building this however!
Edited by xd_1771 - 12/15/09 at 9:46pm
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