Building New Workstation (mobo help)

By Petufo
May 5, 2006
  1. I'm building out a new Hornet Pro custom graphic workstation which is a little bigger than a SFF but takes a micro u-ATX mobo. The workstation will be used primarily for Maya, After Effects, and Premier.Which of the following mobo's would you suggest?

    ASUS A8N-VM CSM GeForce 6150/SATA3G/u-ATX 939

    Gigabyte GA-K8N51 GMF9 NF4

    EVGA 131-K8-NF44-AX NF4 W/ SLI


    Should I scrap the SFF plan altogether and go with a tower w/ an
    ASUS A8N 32 SLI Deluxe mobo? Oh, the decisions!

    THe Workstation specs are :
    400 W PS
    AMD Opt 175 dual core 2.2
    4GB OCZ Dual Channel Platinum (400)
    Maxtor Diamond Max 10 7,200 16 MB Cache 300 GB
    Quadro FX 3400 256MB

  2. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    I'd go with the first Asus board, but if you're using the machine primarily for graphic rendering, buy a good workstation video card....Matrox makes some very good ones. Ati also makes some good workstation cards as well. You'll have to research which will best fit your needs. When it comes to that type of work, it's a driver issue. The cards you mentioned do not have drivers that will give you the ultimate performance for your machine. They're good for gaming, but that's it.

    And Maya is a pig when it comes to pulling resources, especially when you're doing a 24hr. render. Get a card with as much video memory as you can afford.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Petufo

    Petufo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your help!

    I'm going with the Quadro FX 3400 which are known to be one of the most stable cards in Maya.
  4. isabelle6446

    isabelle6446 TS Rookie

    You may want a larger power supply.
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