There are numerous threads on this forum which specifically deal with building CS5 workstations, do not waste any more time with those generalized sites and spend a few hours going through the information on this forum. Also become aware of my benchmark site of basically CS4 benchmarks. There are many things to be learned if you have the patience to spend a few hours in this forum. There are at least two threads that have dealt with $3000 systems.
Message was edited by: Bill Gehrke Welcome to the forum1
Thanks, Bill. I am currently reading through the message board. So far, I have not come across any postings from people who are buying sixteen computers simultaneously in an attempt to upgrade their computer lab. I've found plenty of threads talking about abstract upgrade scenarios, but no threads discussing anything close to this specific scenario.
My question are:
+ If you were buying sixteen computers for a college lab and were trying to balance the factors identified in my previous message, what systems would you choose?
+ Are the Nvidia workstation graphics cards really worth the extra money if the institution purchasing the cards is working under a limited budget?
+ If the Nvidia workstation cards are *not* the solution, what sort of gaming cards would come close to serving as a substitute?
Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions on this specific scenario. I am continuing to read through the forum archives, but would be grateful for specific comments on this specific situation.
I built the following two systems for the company I work for and they have been great. I selected a motherboard (X58) that will take the 980x, if later we want to upgrade. All of the internal hard drives are in a hot-swappable bay from Supermicro. You could use a product like Acronis True Image to restore the opearating systems in case one of the students makes a really wrong move somewhere down the line:
If I were in your place, I would build (find a good builder) the above or a version of the above right up to the maximum $ allowance. Perhaps get a faster processor or a newer motherboard that supports USB 3.0. I really like the Gigabyte Ultra Durable motherboards. Decide whether or not you will be burning Blu-ray disks.
I edit video for a living and work for a company that produces mostly corporate video and stagings. I have done a little 3d work. One time we needed to use a 3d model of a Rubicks Cube that took over in a tight shot after the talent tossed the real one. The 3d work was done on one of our older computers with a so-so graphics card. Perhaps the latest and greatest from Nvidia (non-Quadra) will be good enough. I would check that out further though. Perhaps someone who does a lot of 3d work in the forum can give you a recommendation. I don't spend a lot of time at Creative Cow, but that may be a better place to post your question about cards. We once purchased a 3d model online. The guy that owns the Website is a 3d artist. He was very helpful. Someone like that should be able to answer questions regarding gamer vs Quarda cards in a classroom situation.
Thanks, Chuck and Bill. I appreciate the advice and the pointer toward the Creative Cow forums.
Just a couple of additional remarks:
I really like the Cooler Master Haf full tower cases I selected. For a classroom situation, these may not be ideal because of the open air design. In other words, it's easy to accidentally spill a drink into this case.
Also the Super Micro hot swappable bay would not slide into the space in the front of this case without bending several CD/DVD metal tabs down and out of the way.
I think the Cooler Master cases are a great quality and value. If you decide to have someone build the systems for you, I would select a less "open" case, but with good internal cooling.