[Sidefx-houdini-list] hardware innovations
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.
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