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 02/15/2005 09:38 PM
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I'm building a machine for our company we just started up and we plan on starting with making a few video game titles. Since everyone else is scrambling around with their physics engine they left the graphics machine to the animator... which has never built a PC before, [twirling finger], lucky me. The current software we have in the mail is SoftImage|XSI.

AMD told me the performance difference between the Opteron and the latest FX (FX-55 I think) is almost nil. So, with that in mind, the difference between the socket's 939 and 940 are the memory types. Now the 940 is more for servers and the 939 is more for gaming rigs. Does the 939 socket have a high risk for crashing? I'm looking at ASUS boards currently but I don't have any idea which motherboard is considered "top of the line". I'm looking for something with RAID capabilities obviously and something that will take my Audigy 4 Pro (which I'm looking to replace if anyone knows of a better sound card).

What I'm looking for is opinions. I want to know if there's such a board with dual top of the line Opterons possibly. Just talk to me people, I don't want this headache anymore.
 02/17/2005 06:20 PM
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the 940 socket is all about stability... not just for servers, but many applications.
look at this mainboard
http://www.newegg.com/app/View...esc....-129-208&depa=1' ">http://www.newegg.com/app/View...tion=13-129-208&depa=1
i will be back in a bit to give you a couple more ideas.

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 02/18/2005 03:21 AM
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ok...heres my recommendation...based on what your software needs, this is overkill but you would be set for many years.

Codegen server case S-201
Iwill dual opteron mainboard DK8N
(2) opteron 246
(2) freezer 64 CPU coolers
2 GB XMS 3200 ECC by corsair
Antec true 550 for EPS
74 gig raptor for your system drive
(4) 250 gig cudas RAID 0+1 for secure storage
all storage drives in vantec ez-swap removable enclosures
XFX 6800GT 256
plextor dual layer DVD
one round ide for DVD
(5) round sata for HDD

total parts... 3756.00... OS, display, keyboard/mouse not included

this would be considered any photo / video editor's wet dream
everything is very expandible...
feel free to contact me if you want more specifics

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 02/24/2005 04:24 PM
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I am reading this thread with great interest. I am about to purchase a system to edit HiDef Video (HDV) which is much more work for the computer than standard video. I need all the muscle I can get. I am trying to decide between an FX55 or dual Opteron 250 system. Is the Opteron that much faster that it justifies an additional $500?
Thanks for any insight anyone may have.
 02/24/2005 10:35 PM
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If you are pouring your soul into your editing work... you must be concerned with system stability...for that reason alone, opteron should be your choice. Yes, two 250's sould be about 400 more than a single FX-55... but there is so much more you will gain by going dual 940.
939 socket limits the amount of memory you can utilize. whereas most dual 940's boast handling up to 16 megs of RAM.
I would love the chance to spec out a configuration for you...
What editing software will you guys utilize?

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 02/24/2005 11:50 PM
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Thanks so much for your input, I really appreciate it. I am sort of undecided at this moment between using Sony Vegas or Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6. The people at Pinnacle said that LE6 is optimized for Intel processors only and would recommend dual Xeon. ALthough I hear of people using LE with Opterons, Pinnacle does not recommend. Sony Vegas people don't appear to have a preference. I currently own two Hitachi SATA 250 mb drives and an nVidia 6800 GT 256 mb PCI Express video card which I purchased cheap on eBay. I am planning to buy the new Tyan Thunder K8WE (S2895) when it's made available in about two or three weeks. It's got PCI Express. I think with that board and two Opteron 250's and a Raptor system drive along with my two Hitachi drives and 2 gig ram I should be ready to roll. Of course I'll also be getting a DVD write drive and I currently have a 550 watt power supply which I'm not sure I can move to the new board. I have a Canon XL1 camera now but will be purchasing a new Sony HDV camera this summer. I'm not sure about the onboard sound on that Tyan board but will wait and see.
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