[Sidefx-houdini-list] hardware innovations

Jed Schwartz jed at jedschwartz.com
Fri Dec 16 13:15:30 EST 2005

We're considering the 4500 GC because there's a promotional discount  
through the end of the year-
I'm working with BOXX to build the system- I know they're not the  
cheapest way to go, but  we've been
really happy with the systems they have put together for us in the past-

We'll definitely discuss the case and fan config-

Thanks for all the great feedback!


On Dec 16, 2005, at 12:36 PM, Mark Alexander wrote:

>> So is the graphics card in this package overkill-?
> Right now, probably. In a year or so, maybe not. Hard to say... I  
> usually buy the 2nd or 3rd best card in the lineup, since the  
> markup on the performance leader is huge, and the different is  
> often not very noticeable.
> The other thing to be aware of is heat. The 2 252 Opterons run at  
> 92W apiece, the Quadro 4500 is rated at 110W, and high-performance  
> hard drives like the 74Mb WD Raptor you have produce quite a bit of  
> heat when active. High-performance memory produces a little heat  
> too, and you've got a lot of it. The power supply you'll need for  
> all this will also generate quite a bit. You truly could make your  
> coffee on this rig :)
> To combat heat buildup, if you can get a spacious aluminum case  
> with several fan headers, you'll have fewer headaches in the  
> future. They're more expensive (around $150-200), but they pay off  
> quickly by keeping your components cool (so they last longer). The  
> higher quality cases often have larger fans (the 6" variety) which  
> move more air and do so more quietly than the smaller PC fans.
> Just thought I'd mention it as the case often gets overlooked in a  
> big purchase. I bought one for my latest rig and not only is it  
> shiny & pretty, but cool & quiet as well.
> M.
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