$400-$500(including shipping) Render Node

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by TheTyrant, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. TheTyrant

    TheTyrant Gawd

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    1) What will you be doing with this PC?
    Render Node for animation

    2) What's your budget?
    $400-$500(including shipping)

    3) Which country do you live in?
    Austin, TX USA

    4) What exact parts do you need for that budget?
    Motherboard, CPU, RAM, Case+PSU, HardDrive, DVD Drive

    5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing?
    No reusable parts, this is a completely new build

    6) Will you be overclocking?
    No

    7) What size monitor do you have and/or plan to have?
    N/A

    8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
    Next week or two

    9) What features do you need in a motherboard?
    Nothing in interest, just the fastest machine for the cost

    10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license?
    Windows 7 64bit or Ubuntu 64bit
     
  2. TheTyrant

    TheTyrant Gawd

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    Quick build from Newegg.com


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    Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Model #:R101-P-BK
    Item #:N82E16811147112
    $29.99

    ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Model #:H61M-VS
    Item #:N82E16813157241
    $59.99 -$5.00 Instant $54.99

    Rosewill Stallion Series RD400-2-SB 400W ATX V2.2 Power Supply
    Model #:RD400-2-SB
    Item #:N82E16817182074
    $39.99 -$5.00 Instant $34.99

    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
    Model #:BX80623I52500
    Item #:N82E16819115073
    $209.99

    Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3K2/4GR
    Model #:KVR1333D3K2/4GR
    Item #:N82E16820134792
    $25.99

    HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:HDS721050CLA362
    Item #:N82E16822145299
    $39.99

    LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
    Model #:iHDS118-04
    Item #:N82E16827106276
    $17.99

    Subtotal: $413.93
     
  3. TheTyrant

    TheTyrant Gawd

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    I have the need to use a cheap solution for a rendering job that needs done, and I want to put it off on a non-workstation system. I have a few nodes I can use, but I would like to just scrap those old machines and just use a quadcore system to get rid of my old towers(they are pretty old singlecore machines)

    I don't want to spend that much, because the job is already a low bid, and I want to keep my profits at a reasonable level to... you know pay rent and have food to eat.
     
  4. tonytnnt

    tonytnnt Gawd

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    Understandable on the low price. What software are you using to render? Is it memory intensive? What about disk access time? Do you need the DVD burner or can you get away with a USB key install of Windows?
     
  5. E4g1e

    E4g1e [H]ardness Supreme

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    TheTyrant,

    That build ain't complete without a monitor at all. And if you are going to buy a monitor that does not have a VGA (D-Sub) socket at all (as in some newer models, which have only DVI and HDMI outs), you will have to special-order a DVI-I to VGA adapter (if that new monitor has a DVI-I socket) or purchase a discrete PCI-e x16 graphics card (if the DVI socket on the monitor only accepts DVI-D cables) just to even use that new monitor. This is because that ASRock H61 motherboard does not have DVI or HDMI capability whatsoever.

    Though right off the bat the PSU is extremely shitty: Though labeled as a "400W" PSU, it realistically can barely handle even 250W without blowing up. This makes it a no-no in my book, especially since you can get far better quality PSUs for just a few dollars more.
     
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  6. jeremyshaw

    jeremyshaw [H]ardForum Junkie

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    since it's a render node, it can be headless, however...


    does that mobo support booting without a video out? Many decent ones do, but I dunno about that one.
     
  7. E4g1e

    E4g1e [H]ardness Supreme

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    Oh, in that case, it depends on the motherboard. Some motherboards require a video out just to even POST. If no monitor is detected, the system will simply beep at you (if you have a speaker connected to the mobo).
     
  8. TheTyrant

    TheTyrant Gawd

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    I did not know this.. any suggestions of a good cheap mobo to use for the intel 1155?
     
  9. TheTyrant

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    Plus, I should of mentioned that I will be using a KVM switch to boot into this box, or just use the monitor for initial setup and just VNC to the machine when needed...
     
  10. tonytnnt

    tonytnnt Gawd

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    I think that should work for booting purposes. I can't remember the last time I had a mobo refuse to boot because there wasn't a monitor hooked up to it. I don't see a huge problem with your existing selection. Just know their warranty is shorter than average (one to 2 years -- there's debate depending on what part of ASRock's website you believe.) You could also go with a Biostar.

    For a case consider one of these:
    $37 - NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX
    It's roomy and has decent cable management (I've worked with one personally.)

    $30 - Xigmatek ASGARD II B/O CPC-T45UE-U01 Black / Orange 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX
    I've heard decent things about this one, but never seen one personally.

    For a power supply I suggest this:
    $41 (before $20 MIR, use promo code EMCKAKA24) - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W

    This is a much better PSU than the Rosewill.

    For RAM consider going with one stick for now to save a few bucks.
    $20 - Crucial 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

    I'd also drop the DVD burner unless you want it to actually burn DVDs. Just use the thumb drive install method I linked to earlier. Alternatively, borrow a drive from another computer to use for installation. Otherwise the $18 drive you picked out of stock and had $7 worth of shipping tacked on top of it. Get this instead:
    $18 (plus $2 shipping) - LITE-ON DVD Burner Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
     
  11. TheTyrant

    TheTyrant Gawd

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    New Build:

    LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827106289
    $17.99


    NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811146061
    -$14.00 Instant
    $49.99
    $35.99


    HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822145299
    $39.99


    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139026
    -$5.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $49.99
    $44.99


    Crucial 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT51264BA1339
    Item #: N82E16820148346
    $19.99


    ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157241
    -$5.00 Instant
    $59.99
    $54.99


    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
    Item #: N82E16819115073
    $209.99

    Subtotal: $423.93
     
  12. tonytnnt

    tonytnnt Gawd

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    Just saw that the Core i5-2500k is on sale for $205. Same speed but it's $5 cheaper (multiplier unlocked too.)

    $205 (use promo code EMCKAJG23) - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core

    For a bit more you can overclock the system (and potentially get your rendering jobs done more quickly.)

    $100 (use promo code EMCKAKA32) - BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

    All told it would be just shy of $450 if you got the 2500k and the Biostar motherboard. Otherwise if you really don't want to overclock, save the $5 and just get the 2500k knowing you got a 2500k system for under $420.
     
  13. TheTyrant

    TheTyrant Gawd

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    Excellent! I love this idea. It will still keep me in my budget that I wanted, plus it will give me the option for additional compute power for rendering. 3-4 days until I order. I hope the deal is still active then. I will post back when I have order, until then if anyone has any suggestions and tweaks to the configuration I am open to them.

    Cheers
     
  14. tonytnnt

    tonytnnt Gawd

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    Deal won't be active then. The CPU promo code expires today, and the motherboard promo code expires tomorrow. If you want to save the $15 you should probably buy the CPU today. There are other motherboards around the $100 range but imo the Biostar I linked to is the best for your described needs.