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stevenpalomino
01-10-2012, 11:26 AM
The "What does your office look like" thread was very awesome to look through. Maybe this will be as entertaining and educational for others. Post a picture of your setup and specs. I know how a lot of us 3D people take pride in our "home builds" so share away!

ShadowMystic
01-10-2012, 02:59 PM
New Build Arriving today:
Intel 2600k
MSI Z68
16GB G-Skill RAM
GTX 560ti

Previous Build:
Q9650 Core2Quad
Evga 780i
8GB OCZ RAM
2xSli 9800GTX+ before GTX 560ti

OnlineRender
01-10-2012, 06:13 PM
bog standard tower with red trim ,21 inch Monitor X2 , i7 intel 2600k @3.4 with option to overclock , 16gb Kingston Ram GT520 "crap card " sandtrom wireless keyboard and wacom tablet

stevenpalomino
01-10-2012, 06:34 PM
New Build Arriving today:
Intel 2600k
MSI Z68
16GB G-Skill RAM
GTX 560ti

Previous Build:
Q9650 Core2Quad
Evga 780i
8GB OCZ RAM
2xSli 9800GTX+ before GTX 560ti

whoa... I think I just drooled a little bit..

stevenpalomino
01-10-2012, 06:35 PM
bog standard tower with red trim ,21 inch Monitor X2 , i7 intel 2600k @3.4 with option to overclock , 16gb Kingston Ram GT520 "crap card " sandtrom wireless keyboard and wacom tablet

Isn't 3.4 what the 2600k comes with? Did you overclock it yet? Or are you waiting for a better cooling system?

ShadowMystic
01-10-2012, 06:47 PM
whoa... I think I just drooled a little bit..

It is a pretty nice setup, but all I do is work, write, and sleep.

JonW
01-11-2012, 09:10 PM
The best thing about this Mac is that they put the power button at the back!?

So if you have the Mini facing backwards you have everything at the "Front" so to speak. USB, Ethernet, DVI & last but not least the power button, it's all at the front so one can reach every feature!...... Well, except for a CD! That should be at back!? Front!?...... Whatever!?!?

Matt
01-12-2012, 02:26 AM
This is mine when I built it back in 2010.

Spec is in my sig.

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Sensei
01-12-2012, 04:28 AM
The best thing about this Mac is that they put the power button at the back!?

So if you have the Mini facing backwards you have everything at the "Front" so to speak. USB, Ethernet, DVI & last but not least the power button, it's all at the front so one can reach every feature!...... Well, except for a CD! That should be at back!? Front!?...... Whatever!?!?

Mine MiniMac is working mostly as pad for beer, coca-cola and tv and cable pilots.. Works pretty good in this task.. ;)

Lightwolf
01-12-2012, 06:54 AM
This is what I upgraded to last summer:
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i7 2600K
16GB DDR3
2GB Geforce 560Ti
120GB SSD
2TB HDD

Cheers,
Mike

Ryste3d
01-12-2012, 07:50 AM
This is mine after 6 month with LW

Phil
01-12-2012, 08:37 AM
Nothing really to show. I have three MBPs (2006, 2010, 2011), a Mac Mini (2007) and a MacBook (2007). All are fully loaded with memory and have had their various disks upgraded over time (the Mac Mini being particularly awkward on both counts). The 2010 and 2011 MBPs have the HD screens with matte coating as well.

The Mac Mini serves as license server and file server as well, over ethernet, for xStream/Deadline/etc.

All of the machines serve in the render farm (although the Mac Mini cannot quite cope with video playback and rendering jobs that force it to swap, so usually the rendering gets suspended until movie night has finished). I like the use of laptop parts that keep the power consumption and noise levels down, and all of the laptops that serve 100% of their life in the farm (i.e. those other than the 2010 and 2011 MBP) were previous workhorses that were recycled as render nodes.

The 2011 MBP has had more invasive surgery to put the original HD in the optical bay and to have a 300 GB Intel 320 SSD put in the original HD's location. A 16 GB memory upgrade is hopefully due to be delivered today, given the absurdly cheap price listed on Amazon (only 140 USD!). Hopefully the memory checks out OK overnight so that I can resume rendering on that machine.

The only 'real' PCs around here are a PII Thinkpad, a PIII Thinkpad, a PIII Dell and an Atom netbook. The first three are fitted with as much memory as they could take, but are far too slow and beaten up to be useful any more - I just haven't gotten around to taking them to the recycling depot.

stevenpalomino
01-12-2012, 08:44 AM
This is mine when I built it back in 2010.

Spec is in my sig.

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wow! ouch.. looks pricey :P

Matt
01-13-2012, 01:20 AM
wow! ouch.. looks pricey :P

About 2,500 when I bought it (not including a monitor).

Matt
01-13-2012, 01:22 AM
This is what I upgraded to last summer

Aren't we all saddos taking pictures of our new bits when they turn up! :D

Suppose it's good for insurance purposes, plus, we're nerds and we like it!

prometheus
01-13-2012, 02:51 AM
ahh..what a bunch of show offs:D

In the old days It was cars to show of as some sort of extension of manhood:D and for getting girls.

Dont know what this will get us Nerds, a new good job somewhere?

gotta clean my desk, before thinking of posting anything.

Michael

kopperdrake
01-13-2012, 03:57 AM
Aren't we all saddos taking pictures of our new bits when they turn up! :D

Suppose it's good for insurance purposes, plus, we're nerds and we like it!

Is it less or more nerdy to pack all the old packaging into the biggest box and keep that instead? I claim it helps with insulating the studio, but I can't help once in a while unpacking all the boxes, stroking them, then placing them back...carefully.

Inside is in my sig, except MB is Asus P8P67 overclocked to 'turbo', whatever that is, Corsair TX650v2 PSU, Akasa Venom cooler, OCZ Agility 3 120Gb, Corsair Force Series 3 120Gb, 16Gb Corsair Vengeance LP, Logitech m510 wireless mouse and Logitech wireless solar K750 keyboard.

zapper1998
01-13-2012, 05:26 AM
The best thing about this Mac is that they put the power button at the back!?

So if you have the Mini facing backwards you have everything at the "Front" so to speak. USB, Ethernet, DVI & last but not least the power button, it's all at the front so one can reach every feature!...... Well, except for a CD! That should be at back!? Front!?...... Whatever!?!?

all that power in that little bitty thingy

wow

cool

:)

Lightwolf
01-13-2012, 05:36 AM
Dont know what this will get us Nerds, a new good job somewhere?

Considering that my partner is a nerd as well... mind you, she'd rather have a few 19" racks with a super-computer in her part of the office :D

Aren't we all saddos taking pictures of our new bits when they turn up! :D
But you have to feed the mighty facebook - and NT forums. :D

Cheers,
Mike

stevenpalomino
01-13-2012, 06:18 AM
haha wow.. i still have a dual core.. time to upgrade :S

Phil
01-13-2012, 08:49 AM
About 2,500 when I bought it (not including a monitor).

What do they have you using in the NT office?

inquisitive
01-14-2012, 01:15 AM
haha wow.. i still have a dual core.. time to upgrade :S

lol - I am still using a dual Xeon 2.6Ghz and barely moving to a dual core 2.6Ghz (which I guess will just be a little faster).

Matt
01-14-2012, 02:46 AM
What do they have you using in the NT office?

Quad Core i7, 8GB RAM, nVidia GTX 580.

Kryslin
01-15-2012, 09:09 PM
Heck, I'll join in...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v636/Kryslin/Tech%20Stuff/vione_1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v636/Kryslin/Tech%20Stuff/Vione_2.jpg
1) Bigger fan (200mm)
2) Big fan (120mm)
3) Water Cooling Radiator
4) Water block and i7-960 3.2Ghz Processor
5) 24GB DDR3 Ram
6) PNY Quadro FX580 Video Cards
7a) WDC 500GB HDD (Simple Volume)
7b) WDC 500GB HDD (Simple Volume)
7c) Samsung 1TB HDD (Simple Volume)
8) For some reason, there is no number 8.
9) HP SATA DVD-RW Drive
10) Corsair AX1200 1200W Waaay Oversized PSU.
11) Corsair Graphite 600T Case.
(Not Shown : Twin HPLA2405 monitors)
Built this myself May 2011, for the sole purpose of doing 3D and Graphics work. I am exceptionally pleased with performance and stability of the unit. Running Win 7 Pro. Can handle just about anything I've thrown at it so far - Lightwave, Vue, Poser Pro, GIMP, Realflow, Wax / Ramen, Resampling 8 MP3's at once for 840 tracks. About the only thing that fails is attempting to simulate a nuclear blast in Minecraft :) and that just crashed the game.

I suppose I could overclock it, but as it has to last for at least a couple of years, I'll keep it where it is. I am regretting my choice of video card and monitor - but that is something that can be easily fixed (I need two cards - the most a single card can handle is 2560 x 1600 - Dual widescreens are 3840 x 1200...)

kevman3d
01-16-2012, 12:27 AM
Pfft! Quad-mumbo-jumbo. Real CG men use real hardware...

Actually, this really WAS the first machine I did 3D with. First programming it in basic,then onto my first actual CG tool - Vu-3D (http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0008953) - Awesome. :D

Oh the joys of hoarding...

stevenpalomino
01-16-2012, 03:21 AM
:rock:

ShadowMystic
01-18-2012, 03:03 PM
Heck, I'll join in...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v636/Kryslin/Tech%20Stuff/vione_1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v636/Kryslin/Tech%20Stuff/Vione_2.jpg
1) Bigger fan (200mm)
2) Big fan (120mm)
3) Water Cooling Radiator
4) Water block and i7-960 3.2Ghz Processor
5) 24GB DDR3 Ram
6) PNY Quadro FX580 Video Cards
7a) WDC 500GB HDD (Simple Volume)
7b) WDC 500GB HDD (Simple Volume)
7c) Samsung 1TB HDD (Simple Volume)
8) For some reason, there is no number 8.
9) HP SATA DVD-RW Drive
10) Corsair AX1200 1200W Waaay Oversized PSU.
11) Corsair Graphite 600T Case.
(Not Shown : Twin HPLA2405 monitors)
Built this myself May 2011, for the sole purpose of doing 3D and Graphics work. I am exceptionally pleased with performance and stability of the unit. Running Win 7 Pro. Can handle just about anything I've thrown at it so far - Lightwave, Vue, Poser Pro, GIMP, Realflow, Wax / Ramen, Resampling 8 MP3's at once for 840 tracks. About the only thing that fails is attempting to simulate a nuclear blast in Minecraft :) and that just crashed the game.

I suppose I could overclock it, but as it has to last for at least a couple of years, I'll keep it where it is. I am regretting my choice of video card and monitor - but that is something that can be easily fixed (I need two cards - the most a single card can handle is 2560 x 1600 - Dual widescreens are 3840 x 1200...)

I just built my new PCin that Corsair case and it was simply a joy. It's much larger than my Antec 902 and if I had the money would purchase another to move my old build into.

Mr Rid
01-18-2012, 07:15 PM
Curtains normally hide my guts. Five sockets spread across fourteen power strips and nine extension cords ... now why is there a buzz in my audio?
http://www.box.com/shared/static/fqbcnnzcz73bg8aq4kbs.jpg

mmmm, bluuue
101057
I just realized I've purchased three used cars for less than that one box under my desk.

Ryan Roye
01-18-2012, 07:26 PM
Curtains are normally hiding my guts...

...I actually flinched upon seeing that picture... wow.

BigHache
01-18-2012, 08:32 PM
... now why is there a buzz in my audio?

Ha! :ohmy:

shadowshifter
01-18-2012, 08:55 PM
Those are some awesome rigs. I especially liked Mr Rid's, makes me feel like my computer room is not so much of a mess after all ;)

I currently have a MacBook, only modification made to it is it has 8Gb of RAM. I'm buying a maxed out 27" iMac when I get home.

GandB
01-18-2012, 10:59 PM
Someone needs to send Mr. Rid a box of zip ties....stat!

Mr Rid
01-18-2012, 11:20 PM
There actually are several ties and hangars, and I've organized that mess many times over the years. It was hard enough to get that main tangle off the floor so I could vacuum. Due to varied lengths and the need to regularly switch connections, you really cant get them any prettier.

geo_n
01-19-2012, 12:02 AM
Cheapest "modern" mini pc for my lw.
http://i55.tinypic.com/33tqr69.jpg

asrock mobo 50USD
corei3 540 cpu 110USD
500gb hd 45USD
8gb ram 35USD
itx case 20USD
430gt gfx 65USD

mcotner
01-19-2012, 01:28 AM
I don't have any pictures, but you all have seen a MacPro before I'm sure.

I got the 12 core 2.66GHz MacPro with the 5870, 24G RAM, and a 27" monitor.

Render times are pretty great.

'njoy,
Mark

El Tostador
02-02-2012, 06:19 PM
I just built this last month.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/RidgeMBD/600x638px-LL-dcf96cd3_side.png

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/RidgeMBD/529x700px-LL-f5c3decf_inside.png

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/RidgeMBD/600x456px-LL-bc9f3217_inside2.png

Mobo: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
CPU: Intel 3960X Extreme
GPU's: EVGA GTX580 Hydro Copper 2
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 1600 - 64GB
HD1: Intel 510 2.5" 250GB
HD2: Western Digital Black Caviar 2TB
PSU: Coolermaster 1000W

JonW
02-02-2012, 07:24 PM
It looks like it will take off!

I take it you planning on running a country or 3 with 64GB!

El Tostador
02-02-2012, 08:08 PM
It looks like it will take off!
I take it you planning on running a country or 3 with 64GB!

It does take off, Jon! :thumbsup: I've always wanted to max out a motherboard with ram. It's finally cheap enough to be able to do it.

Hieron
02-03-2012, 01:05 AM
Curtains normally hide my guts. Five sockets spread across fourteen power strips and nine extension cords ... now why is there a buzz in my audio?


Heh nice.. :)

Being used to big, stable into recessed slot and sturdy european sockets, those US ones always have me worried.. It really is an old design I guess?

kopperdrake
02-03-2012, 03:26 AM
Curtains normally hide my guts. Five sockets spread across fourteen power strips and nine extension cords ... now why is there a buzz in my audio?
http://www.box.com/shared/static/fqbcnnzcz73bg8aq4kbs.jpg

mmmm, bluuue
101057
I just realized I've purchased three used cars for less than that one box under my desk.

I just love the fact, despite all the electronic gubbings, you still seem to have a little fan-heater in the bottom-right of the photo, in case the room just isn't quite warm enough :D

KorbenD
02-03-2012, 12:47 PM
Quick pic of the inside.

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dblincoe
02-03-2012, 02:01 PM
I just built this last month.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/RidgeMBD/600x638px-LL-dcf96cd3_side.png

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/RidgeMBD/529x700px-LL-f5c3decf_inside.png

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/RidgeMBD/600x456px-LL-bc9f3217_inside2.png

Mobo: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
CPU: Intel 3960X Extreme
GPU's: EVGA GTX580 Hydro Copper 2
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 1600 - 64GB
HD1: Intel 510 2.5" 250GB
HD2: Western Digital Black Caviar 2TB
PSU: Coolermaster 1000W

Do you have to wear a welder's helmet to protect your eyes while using it? Looks like it has a reactor inside it.

Mr Rid
02-03-2012, 02:04 PM
...you still seem to have a little fan-heater in the bottom-right of the photo, in case the room just isn't quite warm enough :D

Actually thats a fan to cool the 14 yr old PVR computer with the front panel off and seven drives (some fat scsi's) crammed in it.

El Tostador
02-03-2012, 04:22 PM
... Looks like it has a reactor inside it.

I'm just hoping I don't have any containment breaches! :D

ShadowMystic
02-03-2012, 08:59 PM
I just built this last month.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/RidgeMBD/600x638px-LL-dcf96cd3_side.png

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/RidgeMBD/529x700px-LL-f5c3decf_inside.png

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/RidgeMBD/600x456px-LL-bc9f3217_inside2.png

Mobo: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
CPU: Intel 3960X Extreme
GPU's: EVGA GTX580 Hydro Copper 2
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 1600 - 64GB
HD1: Intel 510 2.5" 250GB
HD2: Western Digital Black Caviar 2TB
PSU: Coolermaster 1000W

Mother of god...

E-ronin
02-05-2012, 07:53 PM
This is my current set-up
Intel i7-980 oc'd to 4ghz (6 cores/12 threads)
Water cooled so temps are good and it runs stable
Gigabyte GA-X58-OC
24gb Corsair Vengence DDR3
AMD Radeon HD 6850
Windows 7 pro
HP 23" monitor
Wacom Cintiq 12WX

Sorry no pics but it's a pretty simple case anyway :D

BigHache
02-13-2012, 10:38 AM
Nice looking rigs in here. Here's my corner. The iMac is not mine, more of a work perk for FCP. G5 on the floor, really just serves as a fileshare system than anything more today. The big black box of doom is in my sig and serves for LW and AE.

JonW
02-13-2012, 04:17 PM
Is that a 4870 scanner? Just pulled mine out of the cupboard after a long period as I needed it a bit more frequently!

BigHache
02-13-2012, 06:24 PM
2450, older than yours. ;)

It actually gets used very infrequently, but when you need a scanner, you need a scanner.

geo_n
02-14-2012, 01:11 AM
http://i42.tinypic.com/eaqdls.jpg

Bought my second el cheapo mini itx to transfer my core2quad(pic at back). So far this cheap, ps3 size, mini itx is doing ok with my corei3.
25USD for mini itx,
50USD asrock mobo
10USD deepcool hsf.

geo_n
02-14-2012, 01:16 AM
I just built this last month.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/RidgeMBD/600x638px-LL-dcf96cd3_side.png


It looks like it can blast off.:thumbsup: