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Old 03-12-10, 06:41 PM
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Hey Guys!

I am building 3 new systems for my 3D animation renderfarm at the moment:





















The black one is my workstation with a XFX 4890 with Musashi cooler (most excellent cooler). The white one is one of the renderslaves. The Red one will be here tomorow so I can start building on that this weekend!

All my systems are:

Core i7 970 at 4.2 Ghz, rendering 24/7

12 GB of memory (corsair)

Gigabyte UD-5 motherboards

Spinpoint F1 103SJ HD

Corsair HX850 PSU

Corsair H50 for the CPU.

Nexus 120mm fans for the case

Noctia NFP 120mm x2 for the H50

Coolermaster 200mm for the sidepanel

I currently have 5 of these systems. 3 of those will be build in the NZXT cases. Eventually I will have to expand my farm to 9 computers total. I am thinking all NZXT Phantom cases .

My aim is to eventually upgrade these machines to GPU rendering workhorses, hence the Full tower outfit and big PSU.

A note about airflow, I have been experimenting a LOT with proper airflow. With pure trial and error I managed to get my black setup absolutely quiet (quieter than a MacPro) with a very cool case temp and almost all fans on lowest setting. Putting the H50 radiator in the 5.25 bays has helped tremendously in keeping the hot air from the Motherboard and GPU. This way my GPU keeps very low in temp, my motherboard get's more than enough cooling under the highest overclocks and my CPU keeps just as cool as if I mounted the radiator the back of the case set on intake. Win win right?

The white one is getting new fans installed today and the black one will have it's HD trays removes and replaced with ultra silent fans.

Thanks a lot for your replies!

Yours,

Daan

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Old 03-12-10, 07:11 PM
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wow thats a powerhouse!

please forgive the n00b question

but what is rendering

and why does it need such insane power?
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Old 03-12-10, 07:21 PM
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3D rendering, animation rendering. Guzzles power. Needs lots of ram.

Nice rigs there

Always made me laugh how FF means OK on the LED segs. I used to call it "F***ing fine" when I had my DFI
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Old 03-12-10, 08:53 PM
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Thanks guys.

They are rendering stuff like this:

(everything is 100% CG)









This requires some serious rendering muscle to pull of in Animations, let's just say I will never ever have enough computing power. There is always something that can drive up rendertimes to the months or years if you want.
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Old 03-12-10, 09:20 PM
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if i needed this much power i would of looked into having SR-2 motherboards

nice systems though the 970 part makes me jelous
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Old 03-12-10, 09:58 PM
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if i needed this much power i would of looked into having SR-2 motherboards

nice systems though the 970 part makes me jelous
Oh certainly. A SR-2 with 2 x5650's is next .

The 970's have been performing exceptionally well. I managed to OC one of them to 4.8 Ghz. I set them to 4.2 and a lower vcore to keep them 24/7 safe.
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Old 03-12-10, 10:05 PM
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jeez, are you sure they're not just photo's? they look real ..
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Old 03-12-10, 11:49 PM
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jeez, are you sure they're not just photo's? they look real ..
In the first tree pic you can see the ground is white. I forgot to make it a natural texture and left it default white .
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Old 03-12-10, 11:54 PM
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if im honest, i didnt even notice lol
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Amazing skills, awesome photos of the rig aswell, any photoshop to them or just pure camera skills?
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