Dual Xeon's on the cheap (it has begun)

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Re: Dual Xeon's on the cheap (it has begun)

Postby Farmfield on 10/25/2016, 10:58 am

I would, though of course depending on what you do. For what I do, simming a lot in Houdini, etc, it's a great buy - especially considering the price. with mainboard, CPUs, RAM, case, GTX1070, for the same price as one single i7-6950X... ;)
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Re: Dual Xeon's on the cheap (it has begun)

Postby Farmfield on 01/3/2017, 3:51 am

Tiner wrote:So you are going to change your cpus? Or did i miss that you bought 8 cores instead?

Quick update on this...

So I bought two Xeon E5-2673 v2's from the UK, though it cost my $1200 it was a great deal. Until I tested one and they weren't a 2673 v2 but E5-16xx series something - correct core number and mhz, but not compatible with dual setups - so I sent returned them and got a refund.

That means I'm still on my 2670 v2's - though I gotta say, again, that this machine is an absolute monster. Sure, something heavy and single threaded kinda grinds it to a halt (think remesh SOP in a solver SOP, that's not ideal, hehe) but that's not very common as most apps I use have great treaded performance. But I will absolutely update these CPUs at some point, but I can't say I feel stressed about it - it's more about finding the right deal, if that's tomorrow or in a year isn't a huge deal. :)

And though I don't render that much, I did get that second GTX1070 and got a Redshift3D license - holy mother of a made up bronze age saviour deity, that's a fast renderer. And even if I don't render that much, I might still get yet another GTX card - if I figure out how to physically fit it in there. I bought some PCIe extension cables so in theory I think I can, but it's not as much on par with a scientific theory, more of a vaguely define hypothesis combined with immense hope and Redshift induced willpower. :D
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Re: Dual Xeon's on the cheap (it has begun)

Postby Tiner on 01/13/2017, 9:43 pm

Well thats a bummer :/ but good that youre happy with the cpu's youre having.
from what i've read, Redshift aint scaling well with 3 cards and above so that might be a waste of money?

I will be running a custom waterloop with 2 420 rads going through the graphic cards and the cpu, and i might just add in another Titan for good measure ;)
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Re: Dual Xeon's on the cheap (it has begun)

Postby Tiner on 01/13/2017, 9:45 pm

By the way, the view count on this thread, 35205. Good for you Farmfield :D
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Re: Dual Xeon's on the cheap (it has begun)

Postby Farmfield on 01/14/2017, 12:47 am

Tiner wrote:By the way, the view count on this thread, 35205. Good for you Farmfield :D

I'd say good for anyone being helped by what's been discussed in the thread. Building a workstation is a huge deal for most people as it's a major investment. The more you know before making decisions on what hardware to invest in, pro's, con's, caveats, the better. :)

As for cooling, you're talking about custom water cooling, I'm guessing, and that is an area where I have yet to get into - and it really isn't something I'd benefit from with my current hardware. The Xeon's rarely go above 60 C. even under full load for extended periods and there's little to gain overclocking the GPU's, and they too keep under 60 C. Under load, so my air cooling is sufficient - and surprisingly quiet, more so than my previous hardware setup.

That being said, it would be really fun, building a custom water cooling setup - perhaps something I will get to do with my next build - though with my current hardware, I can hardly imagine when I'll get to the point where it'll be worth upgrading my hardware and I suspect the same for you... Unless Tizen will offer a huge edge, though I gotta say I'm doubtful that'll be the case...
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Re: Dual Xeon's on the cheap (it has begun)

Postby Tiner on 01/14/2017, 11:15 am

The only thing i can hear in my system is if the gpu's are working on full load, so watercooling would be real nice :)
I have never done any custom watercooling so can be a fun little project, unless i **** up my hardware haha :P
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Re: Dual Xeon's on the cheap (it has begun)

Postby Farmfield on 01/14/2017, 11:23 am

Custom cooling on the GPUs means ripping them apart, removing the stock cooling, and I would say that's less fun when it's really expensive crap - as in this case, hehe... :D
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Re: Dual Xeon's on the cheap (it has begun)

Postby Tiner on 01/14/2017, 11:50 am

Farmfield wrote:Custom cooling on the GPUs means ripping them apart, removing the stock cooling, and I would say that's less fun when it's really expensive crap - as in this case, hehe... :D


But a dead silence computer on 100% load is pretty sweet :)
The only negative thing about a waterloop is that it needs to be drained (or thats what most people do at least) every year or so. Best to make sure i have a drain pipe ready so its "quick" to do :)
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