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I'm not exactly sure where to place this thread, but the servers forum seems to be better than most others, seeing as this computer uses hardware that servers do.

Motherboard: Intel® Workstation Board S5520SC
CPU: Intel® Xeon® 5600 for Workstations
GPU: ATI FirePro™ V9800 Professional Graphics

  • Crossfire: Yes
  • Eyefinity: Yes
Memory: Kingston DDR3-1333 8GB ECC Reg. (12x8 GB - 96 GB Total)
Sound Card: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion PCI-E
Controller: Intel RS2BL040 RAID Controller
Networking: Asus PCE-N13 Wireless 802.11b/g/n PCI-E Adapter
Hard Drive: Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5inch SSD
  • Dual Drives: Yes
Data Hard Drive:
CD / DVD ROM: ASUS 12x Blu-ray Burner Lightscribe SATA (black) w/ Software
Removable Drive: ATech PRO-35U USB 2.0 Internal/External Card Reader
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 w/ Liquid Cooling Package
Power Supply: Silverstone ST1500 1500W Power Supply
CPU Cooling: Koolance CPU-360 CPU Water Block
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OEM

I would like comments and suggestions about this computer. I'm not much of a techy, so please, if you have a better suggestion please make it.
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Why do you need a sound card in a server? or a kick butt gfx card?
    
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3d and cad stuff ah?

i take it you're going dual xeon? i don't know how much the S5520SC retails for, but people will tell you to go for the sr-2, which of course is a viable option.
i'm 97% sure you can't overclock on the S5520SC, i'd like to be corrected. that might be something to change your decision on another dual socket motherboard.

i'm liking the 96gb of ram though

you don't need the dedicated sound card, unless of course you want it or it has some purpose.

other than that, little bits and pieces i'd change, but nothing worth noting. please tell us what this rig is going to be used for, your experience in the field, etc. etc.
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First of all, I'll give you a quick background about myself. My name is Evan and I have Large Diffuse B-Cell Lymphoma. I'm only seventeen, so guess what, Make A Wish Foundation is granting me a wish.

My wish is for them to finish the four rooms downstairs in my mothers house so I can live downstairs while I finish High School and go to College. I plan on studying 3D Modeling so I can become a Game Designer, I'll probably be studying lots of other things too. So once they finish the walls and the floors of the rooms, I want them to turn the recreation room into a design studio and then have them make a bedroom/den.

I also want them to purchase and have a computer expert build me my custom designed workstation. I plan to work with 3DS Max and much of the other programs from the manufacturer as well as sound design.

While they do all of that I'll be flying to DC to visit Bethesda Softworks as the final part of my wish.

I don't have any experience with design really, but I want to be prepared. I do participate in the modding community TES Nexus for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but I only know how to work with the Construction Set GI for the game. I would love to be able to have a computer capable of modding on the fly, which is what my workstation will be able to do.

I want the sound card because I plan to play games while I am at it. The graphic card may not compare to the ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD 5970 GPU, but its meant to handle AutoCAD and Animation software much better. It will still rival most GPU in the gaming industry I would expect, especially since I will be running crossfire.

So there you have it, this computer is meant for both design and gaming.
    
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Ok, makes sense.

I know much about the extreme end of the pc world so I'll let someone else that does chime in
    
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Originally Posted by stealtrecon View Post
First of all, I'll give you a quick background about myself. My name is Evan and I have Large Diffuse B-Cell Lymphoma. I'm only seventeen, so guess what, Make A Wish Foundation is granting me a wish.

My wish is for them to finish the four rooms downstairs in my mothers house so I can live downstairs while I finish High School and go to College. I plan on studying 3D Modeling so I can become a Game Designer, I'll probably be studying lots of other things too. So once they finish the walls and the floors of the rooms, I want them to turn the recreation room into a design studio and then have them make a bedroom/den.

I also want them to purchase and have a computer expert build me my custom designed workstation. I plan to work with 3DS Max and much of the other programs from the manufacturer as well as sound design.

While they do all of that I'll be flying to DC to visit Bethesda Softworks as the final part of my wish.

I don't have any experience with design really, but I want to be prepared. I do participate in the modding community TES Nexus for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but I only know how to work with the Construction Set GI for the game. I would love to be able to have a computer capable of modding on the fly, which is what my workstation will be able to do.

I want the sound card because I plan to play games while I am at it. The graphic card may not compare to the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 GPU, but its meant to handle AutoCAD and Animation software much better. It will still rival most GPU in the gaming industry I would expect, especially since I will be running crossfire.

So there you have it, this computer is meant for both design and gaming.
Game artists don't use autocad, we do however use, Maya, 3ds Max, & Zbrush, to name a few, all of which you can get free educational copies of right now on Autodesk's website . (Not Zbrush)

Autocad is for industrial design work.

And I will say this now, I've had nothing but headaches using Quadro's for game engine workflow. Unreal Engine 3 ran horribly buggy on one.

In general workstation video cards are great if all you will be doing is purely modeling, but if you want to have the flexibility to also jump into game engines smoothly having a high end gaming card is a better option.

Definitely stick with AMD either way, Nvidia's latest batch of drivers have really mucked up some of the 3d design packages.

Hope you find this helpful.
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So would you suggest that I use the ATI Radeon HD 5970 then if I want to also game. Thats currently the high end GPU available from ATI that still beats the 6000 series I believe.

Will they give educational copies to a high school student though?
    
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So would you suggest that I use the ATI Radeon HD 5970 then if I want to also game. Thats currently the high end GPU available from ATI that still beats the 6000 series I believe.

Will they give educational copies to a high school student though?
As far as I understand, if you have a verifiable school email, as in something with a .edu at the end, then you should be able to get free copies.

http://students.autodesk.com/

And sure, that card would do fine.
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Thank you very much, I do as a fact have an educational email. I managed to get programming software through Microsoft, so I might be able to get 3DS Max.

What would you suggest regarding the graphic card though.
    
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Updated my post, 5970 should be fine. I don't know when AMD plans to reveal their 6xxx series top tier GPUs, someone else might be able to shed some light on that
Edited by [\/]Paris - 12/21/10 at 11:07pm
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