With AMD dragging their ass on the 7990, the AIB partners seemed to have taken it into their own hands.
No doubt these and the 7990 itself will be cheaper than the ridiculous prices nvidia is pushing on the 690.
Actually, the 7970 really shines once you OC it. The first versions weren't faster because the process wasn't refined yet and there were no custom coolers. They honestly should have waited a few more months so that they could have a faster card and look better versus the competition. Had it been out at the time, I would have opted for two GTX 680s for the sake of image quality, but I'm not at all dissatisfied with what I have.
First off, there are better alternatives to SVN. Git and Mercurial being two common ones.
What type of content are you planning on versioning? If you're only dealing with text then either will work fine. If you're planning on versioning binary data (for example, Halo Maps and/or PSDs/.max files) you'll want to stick with Mercurial since there are plugins which help keep disk usage in check. Versioning binary data is generally a bitch no matter what though.
In terms of hardware, you're really not going to need too much. Your ISP is going to be your main bottleneck, and after that I/O. So go for 7200RPM drives or if you're feeling rich, some SSDs.
In terms of software, it depends on what exactly you want to do. Version Control is a good idea and for the most part you can run SVN, Mercurial or Git out of Apache or Nginx. You'll probably want to stick with some variant of Linux (Ubuntu Server or Fedora being a good starting point) but if you want to spend the money you could get a copy of Win7 Pro/Ultimate or Windows Server. If you have an .edu email address you should be able to get a free copy of Windows Server here.
Another thing you might want to look into is Continuous Integration. I've mainly seen this done in the context of building source code but there's no reason why you couldn't throw together a couple of scripts which compile map content and then package it up into a zip file or something.
How much of an influence does a decent motherboard have on performance? There are plenty of motherboards available that are cheaper and more expensive, I just have no idea how much to spend.
This is what i'm looking at:
ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 DDR3 PCI-E3.0 LGA1155
Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge 3.40Ghz 6MB 77W LGA1155
8GB DDR3 1600MHz
OCZ AGILITY 4 128GB SATA III 2.5" SSD with a mounting tray
ASUS XONAR D1 7.1 CHANNEL PCI SOUND CARD
I'm going to hang on to my 4850 for the time being as it can still play games pretty well, and i'm not too worried about gaming anymore. This is more to make editing photos much easier. Do you guys think it'd be better to go cheap and get an mATX mobo and a higher spec CPU, or stick with what i've got? Or should I go AMD?
Last edited by Timo; July 9th, 2012 at 03:37 AM.
I would define a motherboard like this:
The brand does not define performance it defines:
-Build quality (e.g. Capacitors used) -> Lifetime
-Layout quality (Ports, Heat-Management)
The chipset defines:
getting a chipset from the same series with a higher version number, does not result in a better performance. Most of the time they are just required because they support more features you might want like USB 3.0. This is the point where one could save money.
Unless you want a dedicated sound card, you could just try to get a mobo with 7.1 integrated. Not sure about this though.
I'd only ever buy a big brand name mobo from a decent vendor, so quality and support aren't big issues, and I don't have enough devices to warrant additional connectivity. I'd like a dedicated sound card as i've spent a bit of money on speakers and headphones and would like to get the best I can out of them. But then again the last time I used onboard was over 4 years ago, so i'm sure it's much better than it was. I guess that's another option, fork out more on a nicer mobo and flag the soundcard all together :s. I wish there weren't so many options.
My main concern is that I can grab these instead (for example):
Intel Core i7 3770 Ivy Bridge 3.40GHZ 8MB 77W LGA1155
ASUS P8B75-M INTEL B75 DDR3 USB3.0 SATA3 PCI-E3.0
For only $20 more (i'm assuming i7 > i5). I'd personally prefer an ATX motherboard just to allow for better airflow within the case which isn't a big deal, i'm just a bit apprehensive of taking the cheapest motherboard available if it'd just end up bottlenecking the more expensive parts i'd end up buying with the spare cash.
Last edited by Timo; July 9th, 2012 at 05:40 AM.
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