View Full Version : An assist on checking my new system specs,

03-11-2009, 09:28 PM
In the past I have built many systems, with the parts spec'd from my friendly local dealer. I have a good general understanding of the basic concepts. My last build was a P4 3.2ghz ht, windows xp pro, so that tells you I have been out of the game a while.

I do HEAVY duty video/post and 3D, along with a bit of serious audio, I run things Like Adobe CS4 Master Collection (just about everything except lightroom), Lightwave 3d (want to run 64bit) and Sonar 8 (64 bit). I had been posting a lot of std. def video, but now I'm getting more HD. Time to upgrade :)

I was so confused on all the new specs for devices (between changing the CPU labelling scheme, to re-branding). I think ??? I've found a reasonable system, but I am not as certain as I used to be in the old days.

I'm asking for an assist in checking my choices for mistakes, stupidity, insanity.... etc :) Any input would be appreciated.

-Windows Vista 64 Ultimate SP1 64bit
-Antec Twleve Hundred ATX Full
-Power: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12v 2.2,
-GigaByte GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775
-Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0ghz LGA 775
-2x 4GB 800MHz DDR2 Non-ECC CL6 DIMM (Kit of 2) Total 8gb
-5xWD Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5 TB SATA 3gb/s (one as system, 4 in RAID config)
-EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR-Geforce GTX 280 1GB 512 bit GDDR3 PCI express 2.0 x16
-CPU Cooling: Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU Cooler

A Sincere Thanks for any help

03-11-2009, 10:00 PM
do you have pictures please...

03-12-2009, 01:16 AM
You need to seriously think about using an i7 920. Anandtech have OC info.

My architectural scene (LW9.5) over 10gb while rendering. 12m polys. Lots of trees, water, reflections, radiosity, high AA. I did an animation that was 40,000 ghz/hours, my overclocked 920 12gb & 940 12gb were spitting out frames faster than 5335 12gb & 5450 16gb V8s. All running on XP64.

E5450 gi 26:19 et 2:24:25 @ 3.0 ghz
i7 940 gi 25:41 et 2:49:05 @ 3.68 ghz OC
i7 940 gi 31:42 et 3:27:20 @ 2.93 ghz
i7 920 gi 30:37 et 3:15:32 @ 3.15 ghz OC
E5335 gi 39:49 et 4:02:28 @ 2.0 ghz

3dspeedmachine (LW9.5)

E5450 gi 34.3 et 2:09 @ 3.0 ghz
i7 940 gi 26.8 et 2:29 @ 3.68 ghz OC
i7 940 gi 33.3 et 3:05 @ 2.93 ghz
i7 920 gi 30.5 et 2:51 @ 3.15 ghz OC
E5335 gi 54.9 et 3:26 @ 2.0 ghz

My 5450 has a GTX280 & a WD Velociraptor 300gb HD, both work well.

03-12-2009, 01:44 AM
So... Theres a Wussist, an Assist and an Oralist. I didnt know about that until now actually!

03-12-2009, 02:42 PM
Thank you all.

My one concern with i7, is that it being a newer chip/chipset I don't know what bogey's are waiting with some of my legacy software.

Any thoughts about backward compatibility? I only barely got up to speed on the quad core tech by reading a ton of reviews and articles, and since I'm in the middle of an insane production (2 months to do 6 months work) I am not able to fully devote myself to the proper reasearch.

Wav' on
Kevin L

03-12-2009, 09:40 PM
I haven't read of any conflicts with older apps and i7. What software are you concerned about, and what are you editing video with? I would think your questions would be specific to your apps.

03-13-2009, 09:44 PM
I run Adobe master collection CS4, LW 9.6 :), Cakewalk Sonar 8, Sound Forge 8, Audition 3, and so much other assorted software I am occasionally surprised by what I find laying around the drives :)

I have a serial Wacom UD-12 tablet I don't want to lose (roto work without tablet is a great way to go insane)

Compared to the 3 ghz quad 9650, how (technology wise) does the 7i improve on the Quad?