View Full Version : Anyone have any ideas where i can get a decent tower to support multiple motherboards
I will be building a render box shortly, but am falling down on one hurdle. Tower!!
Do most people just use server towers??, cabinets or multiple desktop towers.
Any ideas and suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
Was looking at this for mobo.
As rendering is cpu intensive, 2 has got to be better than 1 and the board can support 64GB off DDR3 SDram.
I will be using more than 1 mobo eventually, hence the tower issue.
http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-550-lga1366-s5500hcvr-server-board-ssi-eeb-75FZ.html This board can support 72GB RAM:p
Actually how are you going to link the 2 motherboards together?
As Altair says you can't link 2 motherboards unless you intend for one to be used for rendering only while working on the other. However for most tasks I can't see why with the unlimited budget you seem to have (smile on face thinking about unlimited budget) you could be using a couple of Xeon's on either of the 2 boards above effectively giving you 24 cores this should deal with any rendering quickly while still remaining responsive. However that is more opinion than knowing as I just have never looked into it all that heavily.
LOL no guys i dont have an unlimited budget, unfortunately.
I will be adding the 2nd motherboard later on in the year or even start of next.
My workstation is sufficient for the design tasks, i will just be using the 2 motherboards in a rendeer setup.
The 2 motherboards will be connected together via the 1 Gbit ethernet port.
Mental Ray standalone will be installed on both motherboards with Windows XP professtional 64bit.
I will connect to both motherboardseither with a remote switch or across the network with remote desktop. Probably remote desktop will suffice.
Backburner will run in the background on the workstation, and batch renders will be sent of the the 2 motherboards setup as render slaves.
thanks Altair for that link, i will try and find a small server rack to support this motherboard.
The mobo's will be linked through a daisy chained convention through each ethernet port or distributed off of a hub, agaiun i need to way up the pro's and cons with this method.
I think connecting it in a daisy chain through 1 motherboard to the next will create bottleneck issues with the on board controllers, so will probably spurs the mobo's off a hi-speed lan hub.
I thought you might link through the ethernet port, but if you do this then you can just stick the different motherboards in different cases with different normal sized PSUs, although that is a big board, you will probably have a hard time finding a normal looking case big enough.
May have to go down this root.
Yeh altair thats the problem SPACE, i suppose have 2 extra towers wont take up too much room and can be upgraded easily, but the ATX blades look fairly neat.
Right will make some room, and see how much space i can create, will probably go for the multiple tower approach as they will be easier to access and upgrade in the future, dont really fancy going down the ATX Blade root, as you are very limited to what you can put in them, when it comes to upgrade time.
Just had a quick look, if i clear out one of my wardrobes i will be able to create enough space for both towers and have enough free air space to keep them sufficiently cool, just have to remember to keep the doors open when im rendering, LOL.
I have checked out the SSI EEB form factor and it measures up at 305 x 330mm which is the same size as E-ATX. apparently they are derived to have the same mounting holes and I/O mounting as ATX specification boards which should mean that you can fit it into any E-ATX compliant tower.
List of E-ATX towers here (http://www.dabs.com/category/components-and-storage,cases--cooling-and-power,cases/11145-351370000#filters)
Thanks Altair will take a look, i read that earlier on, but someone said that the holes dont match, will double check that.
Yeh apparently some of the intermediate holes dont line up, all the corner ones do.
I can work round that with a drill and tap. Looking at the obsidian case.
I was wondering why, if they are the same size with the same holes, why they weren't just called extended ATX boards in the first place. If the middle holes don't line up then that makes sense.
The Obsidian case looks like it might be perfect for modifying. I have the HAF-X and it is a nightmare for dust, thinking of losing it for maybe a fractal design, or NZXT Phantom. New PSU first though.