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About josmabones

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  1. Build a machine to use as a render slave only

    thanks I'll take your advice about the PSU - and it's grey so it might look better if I get round to putting the whole thing inside my old g5 box
  2. Build a machine to use as a render slave only

    Okay I've done some more research, does anyone think I'll have any problems with the below components? Or suggestions if there's a faster, cheaper, more compatible option... MotherBoard $120 MSI Z77MA-G45 http://www.newegg.co...902415&SID= Processor $289 Core i7-3770 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116502 I decided on this processor - great bang for buck, should be as fast as my 8 core xeon mac pro by the look of CPU bench marks Case $30 Rosewill FBM-01 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811147123 PS $18 LOGISYS Computer PS550ABK http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817170010 Is this going to be loud and horrible? it's pretty cheap. I figure if I buy a larger PS I can put a video card in the box later If I want to. RAM $89 CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233310 Decided to use more ram incase I decide to render frames with the 64 bit camera, and this way I can add another 16 in the future. I don't really know about what brand is good or {censored}, any suggestions? I want to keep it cheapish though. HD I have a few 250gb SATA drives sitting around Cooling? There is no GPU but do I need any extra cooling?? The case has 1 x Rear 80mm Fan 1 x Front 120mm Fan, is this enough? Do I also need CPU Heatsinks? Total price so far. $546
  3. Build a machine to use as a render slave only

    awesome thanks for your thoughts, I'm researching as we speak
  4. I want to build my first box. I need a processing slave for 3D rendering. Can anyone suggest the most pared back system with the most processing power and the least cost - easy ask eh? 1. Do I even need a video card? The software I use for networked rendering doesn't use open GL to render - only processors, the machine will be accessed with remote desktop so do I even need a video card? Could I set up the machine using the GTX 285 out of my mac pro then pull it out when it's all up and running? I have no idea what happens to a machine with no video card - can it even render a desktop for VNC? 2. Don't need a DVD/CD rom 3. What kind of processor vs price? Am happy to balance processor performance/price. Although I have noticed my macbook pro's i7 is only a little bit slower than my Mac Pro's 8 core Xenon which is awesome but I understand that will come at a price. 4. How many processors can I fit into one box? More cores the better. Am I better off setting up two boxes with cheaper pars? 5. Networking Would prefer wifi so I can put the box anywhere in the studio, do I need ethernet for set up? 6. Sleep I would like it to seep and wake via WOL is this possible? 7. Hard Drive I have a spare 250gb HD lying around, I believe its 3GBs SATA Or, can you run the system off a USB stick? - small quiet, cheap to run 8. RAM I only need 2 or 4gb to start with - the render software is 32bit so It'll only access 2gb anyway 9. Audio none 10. Software 10.8 ideally Thanks for looking!