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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BranndonC, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    What's the most bad@ss computer you could build?
    The Dell Precision 690 offers upgrading to 64 GB of ram! and 2 dual core processors, so around 12ghz...

    Could any of you really build something like that?
     
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    Anything you can buy, you can build
     
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    to answer that, need to know what you intend to do with it .... and what os.
     
  4. BranndonC

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    I know, I was just wondering if someone here could.. You know, for when I win the lottery... Here is one I configured at dell.com


    ComponentsPROCESSORQuad Core Intel® Xeon® Processor E5345 2.33GHz, 2 X 4MB L2,1333edit

    2ND PROCESSORQuad Core Intel® Xeon® Processor E5345 2.33GHz, 2 X 4MB L2,1333edit

    OPERATING SYSTEMGenuine Windows Vista® Business, with Mediaedit

    VIDEO CARD512MB PCIe x16 nVidia Quadro FX 4500, Dual DVI or Dual VGA or DVI + VGAedit

    MEMORY4GB, DDR2 SDRAM FBD Memory, 533MHz, ECC, In Riser (4 DIMMS)
    edit

    OPTICAL DRIVE16X DVD-ROM with Cyberlink Power DVD™ for Vista Businessedit

    RAID CONFIGURATIONC16 All SAS drives, RAID 0, 4 drive total configurationedit

    HARD DRIVE146GB SAS Hard Drive, 1 inch (15,000 rpm)edit

    HARD DRIVE CONTROLLER (INTERNAL)SATA/SAS Integrated Card - For Connecting Internal Hard Drivesedit

    2ND HARD DRIVE146GB SAS Hard Drive, 1 inch (15,000 rpm)edit

    3RD HARD DRIVE146GB SAS Hard Drive, 1 inch (15,000 rpm)edit

    4TH HARD DRIVE146GB SAS Hard Drive, 1 inch (15,000 rpm)edit

    MONITORDell 24 inch UltraSharp™ 2407FP Widescreen, adjustable stand, VGA/DVI

    edit2ND MONITORDell 24 inch UltraSharp™ 2407FP Widescreen, adjustable stand, VGA/DVIedit

    INTEL HYPER-THREADINGHyper-Threading feature preset to ON. Can be disabled/enabled in BIOS.edit
     
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    see that is pretty much a sex high end unix graphics/CAD workstation waiting to happen.

    I personally game So something like

    MOTHERBOARD: Asus Striker ExtremeCPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    RAM: 4 * 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR800 (8G total)

    VIDEO CARDS: 2 * Nvidia 8800 GTX's SLI

    HDDz: 6 * Seagate 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 2 (i like this the best :D )

    Optical: PLEXTOR Black 8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 4X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 24X CD-R 16X CD-RW 24X CD-ROM 8MB Cache IDE Blu-ray DVD Burner


    Yeah, I think that will make me happy for now :D
     
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    mmmmmmmmmmmmmm 4.5 TB of hdd is kinda givin me a semi. ;)
     
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    2 processors at 3ghz with dual cores does NOT multiply by 4 for processing power. People have always made the mistake that "well dual processors should be twice as fast", no they still have bus restricting them, and the two together just don't double up. They share work, they don't do the same work at the same time. No matter what any advertising tells you, a 3ghz dual core chip is not a 6ghz chip, and 2 of them isn't 12.
     
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    You also need to have software that is specifically written to take advantage of the extra cores, or they'll just be heating the room most of the time. :( Most programs today are written such that they execute in a linear fashion. "A" must happen before "B", the result of which determines if the next branch of code is "C", "D", or "E", etc...

    To utilize multiple CPU's and/or cores, the code must be written with the ability to handle (and keep track of) multiple sub-tasks spitting results back to the main program at once (and with variable times for the results to be returned).
     
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    So what do you suggest for the most usable processing power? I use macromedia dreamweaver and adobe photoshop the most. I also creat videos and stuff.
     
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    Agree somewhat. True, you have to have the software written to take advantage of quad cores to their full extent, but the pipe is there if anything can use it.

    If you are really dedicated to the fastest, you need to look into freon cooling and overclocking. I used to run a Vapochill back in the Tbird days.

    Remember that Video cards for gaming and CAD are very different animals.

    If you want to have some fun, go to www.alienware.com and build a system there. Nice to see a 12K desktop or a 9K laptop.
     
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    Find out if those companies offer a version of their software that is written to take advantage of the extra cores. Otherwise you just want to have the fastest CPU chip available, at least until the software catches up with the hardware.

    Check out the Tom's Hardware website to find out details of each of the CPU's and other hardware out there today. www.tomshardware.com Lots of headache-inducing reading, but they really dig into the details and have lots of benchmark test results available.
     
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    I bought an older version of the dell 690 a few years ago and it STILL kicks ass.
    It's a Dell Precision 530 dual Xeon P4's 1.7 with 1meg onboard cache, 4 gigs ram, and 2 scsi 15000 rpm HD's in raid.

    I do alot of solidworks and mastercam for work and it absolutly smokes the 3.2g P4's at work.

    Dual xeons do kick ass.
     
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    photoshop has been dual cpu ready forever
     
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    The fastest desktop processor out of the box these days is the Intel core 2 extreme x6800. 2.93ghz. About $750 for the chip itself.
    http://www.sharkyextreme.com/hardware/cpu/article.php/3620036

    I have an AMD FX-60 and 2 X1900XTX video cards in my system....Its FAST. But the Intel stuff these days makes it look slooooow.
     
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    And Tech marches onward....


    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor


    Quad processor...Bling Bling Baby!!
     
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