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#1 Beowulf

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 03:36 AM

Yep. ^_^

Looking for opinions on the current setup, maybe even suggestions if you know what you're talking about. I sense a few people calling me nuts or saying its overkill, but oh well. When you see the function for everything, it has a purpose. Might not be overly necessary, but oh well. :unsure:

As per usual, everything here is subject to change and will be updated accordingly when the time arises. There's images for my gaming/development PC, but none else.

Oh, and a note about the operating systems and some of the software: I'll have a TechNet subscription so I will definitely not be spending thousands on OS and software licenses. ;)

Enough yapping, here's the parts lists.

Case: Fractal Design Define R3 [Black]
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Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D PRO (LGA 1156)
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CPU: Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield @ 2.66 gHz
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CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
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RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 @ 1333 (8GB)
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SSD: OCZ Technology Agility 2 (60GB)
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HDD 1 & 2: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
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HDD 3: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB
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DVD: LG DVD/CD Burner
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Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX460 @ 1GB
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Audio Card: ASUS Xonar D1
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PSU: SeaSonic X650 Gold @ 650W
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Case Fans: Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E (x4)
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Fan Controller: Lamptron FC-6
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Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
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Spec Sheets:
- Fractal Design Define R3
- ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
- Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10666)
- OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM
- LG Black CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner
- GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
- ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
- SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V
- Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan
- Lamptron Fan Controller FC6
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit


Spec Sheet (Web/SharePoint Server):
- Fractal Design Define R3
- EVGA 123-CD-E635-KR H55 Intel Motherboard
- Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800)
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB HDD
- LG Black CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner
- Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan
- Scythe KM02-BK Fan Controller
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit
- Server will also run IIS7, SQL Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint Server.


Spec Sheet (File Share):
- Cooler Master Centurion 534
- ASUS P5G41T LGA 775 Intel MicroATX Intel Motherboard
- Intel Core 2 Duo Wolfdale 2.93GHz
- OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500)
- Western Digital Caviar Green 640GB HDD (x4)
- LG DVD Drive
- SeaSonic SS-400FL 400W ATX12V
- Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan
- Scythe KM02-BK
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit
- Will be a file share with a RAID5 disk array; potential expansion to an FTP server.


Spec Sheet (Vistabox):
- Lian Li PC-7FNW
- ASUS P5P43TD LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz
- G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10666) x2
- OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC
- LG Black CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner
- XFX GX260XADJC GeForce GTX260 896MB
- SeaSonic SS-560KM 560W ATX12V
- Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
- Spec sheet incomplete as this will be a liquid cooled build.
- Built to run various Microsoft related applications.


Spec Sheet (HTPC):
- Fractal Design Define R3
- ASUS P7H55 PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 ATX Intel Motherboard
- Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
- G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) x2
- OCZ Agility 2 60GB SATA II MLC
- LG Black BluRay Burner
- XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB
- ASUS Xonar D2 7.1 Channels
- SeaSonic SS-560KM 5600W ATX12V
- Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan
- Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 TV Tuner
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- LG M4224C-BA 42" Full HD Capable WideScreen LCD Monitor


Network:
- D-Link DGL-4500 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz Wireless Router
- Netgear 4-port Switch

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#2 Ash

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 03:22 PM

If you can afford a rig like that, I think you can spend twenty bucks more on a graphics card superior to mine. ^_^

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 03:46 PM

Looks good, but I have one thing to add - I ended up getting the Define R3 for my build, and you might run into an issue with that fan controller. The front door has essentially no clearance between itself and the drive bays, so with the controller mounted in a 5.25" bay, you won't be able to close the door. Evidently you can mount it offset by 1 or 2 screws inwards which solves the problem, but it's not perfect aesthetically. Other than that, it's a great case.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 11:19 PM

Nice build. I probably would have dropped the 460 and gone for something more retro i.e. a good old GTX295 like I have which you can pick up in near perfect condition for cheaper than a 460 and will generally school it.
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#5 Beowulf

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 12:37 AM

Unless my googlefu is weak, I cannot get a GTX295 for less than a 460. I don't want a 295 anyway; runs too fucking hot and loud, and consumes more power during load and idle. Put simply, fuck that. I'll SLI 460s and be satisfied.

A few more searches later, I can SLI the 460 for less than a 295 and the SLI is better, runs cooler, quieter and more efficiently. Tell me again, why the fuck would I waste $550 on a single card when I can get better performance for nearly $100 less?

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#6 Ash

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 10:40 AM

Better performance in some circumstances. Many games get ill the moment you try to run them in SLI mode.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 05:57 PM

I'm not sure i've seen a benchmark that does GTX 460 SLI VS GTX 295 though but i seriously doubt that a GTX 295 could outperform GTX 460 in SLI unless in a really wonky game, Don't forget that the 460 can overclock very well to, has DX11 and has more shaders Per GPU (note that the core the 460 uses isn't fully used and is actually 384 shaders fully unlocked but doesn't use them ATM probably because of TSMC's 40nm issues and Nvidia probably doesn't want it to undercut the GTX 470 aswell since they likely put a LOT of money into GF100).




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