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Best Workstation under $6000

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We are having tons and tons of problems in my engineering department and I am looking to buy a machine that will hopefully increase their productivity.  They are currntly running on Intel 1.8 GHz processors with 1 GB RAM, nVidia Quadro Pro 2 Video Cards. We are using AutoDesk Inventor 8 to generate our 3D Models, some assemblies take up to 5 hours to complete.  I am looking at several options and wanted to get some opinions.

1 Processor - 2 Processor
1 GB Ram - 2 GB Ram
Video Cards??? (Possibly the 3D Labs Wildcat 7110)
SCSI vs IDE

Anyone have suggestions for me???
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by:LucF
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1) For these kind of aplications, I suggest you take a look at the Dual Xeon boards. With 2 intel Xeons 2.8 with hypertreading it'll give you the performance you'll need.
2) 2 GB Ram is always better and faster (most dual xeon boards can hold 12 GB or even more)
3) Not sure about the videocard, but I think that one is a really nice choice.
4) SCSI is still faster and more reliable, for pure speed think about striped raid on two 15krpm drives

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by:LucF
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You might want to take a look at this motherboard:
http://www.intel.com/design/servers/SE7505VB2/index.htm It supports dual xeon up to 3.2 Ghz, up to 8GB of ECC memmory and has a AGP 8x slot for the videocard. (make sure you get a big powersupply for this board!!)
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by:LucF
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btw, just checked the specs on the videocard, I really think it's the perfect one for what you're trying to build here... ;-) But if you can affort it, go for the 7210...
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by:pspera
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Can you explain a Striped RAID??
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by:LucF
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http://www.raid.com/04_01_00.html explains striping. Wich is the fastest form of raid, but there's no fault tolerance. The following pages show the other forms of RAID
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Intel® Xeon™ Processor, 3.06GHz, 512K Cache
Intel® Xeon™ Processor, 3.20GHz, 1MB L3 Cache
What about the differences betwee these two processors??
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The second one you mentioned is much faster (mainly because of the larger cache memmory (the memmory wich the processor can work of without any speed limits exept it's own speed)) But also IMO a bit overpriced, you'll have to see if it still fits into your $6000.= limit.

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by:LucF
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Glad to help, I have to say, we had about the same problem a year ago, we needed new Autocad stations, in that case we also chose Xeon processors, SCSI drives (10krpm was the fastest at that time) and a huge amount of internal memmory. (I work at a company that builds powerplants etc.)
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