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  1. #1
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    Question building a small cluster ....

    Dear Tweaktown forum members,
    Since I would like to build up a small beowulf cluster by two identical

    machines each carrying Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz processor (for
    computing chemistry purpose) my quest is: Which one of two mother boards

    given here: P5 Asus P5KC or Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3, would be better taking

    into account SL 5.0 driver accesibility? If everything is OK with drivers

    may I still install SL 4.5 as I have it already on my office pc?

    My almost final config is as given bellow:
    Processor: Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz (1066MHz,8MB,Kentsfield,S775)
    MB: Asus P5KC (?)
    RAM: Kingston - VR 1GB DDR2 667
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar 250 GB, WD2500KS, SATA II, 7200rpm 16MB cache
    Video: Asus nVidia EN7100GS/HTD/128M
    DVD room:Pioneer DVDRW DVR-212D Black SATA
    Case+power:Chieftec Midi Case DX-01B-D-U 400W
    two such configs and
    Switch:D-Link DGS-1005D 5-Port 10/100/1000Mbps G-LAN Sw

    Any comment on this configuration is welcome.

    Thanking in advance to all those willing to write a note to this message.


    zoran
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  2. Default Re: building a small cluster ....

    It seems that these computers will be used mostly for high speed computing. You will benefit greatly from having 2gigs of ram.

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    Default Re: building a small cluster ....

    Better power supply, something 500W or better and 80+ certified.

    2 1GB sticks of ram for dual channel.

    ASUS support after the sale is dismal at best. Gigabyte for the win.

    That's the extent of my knowledge.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    AMD FX8120 @ 4GHz
    Patriot 1866MHz EL series 2X4GB DDR3
    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

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    Smile Re: building a small cluster ....

    Thanks to Casecutter and PorscheGuy for answers.
    so you guys think that asus would better choice. so am i

    Casecutter: think that chieftec 450W would be enough.
    PorscheGuy: I am planning to use 4 x 1 GB for each comp

    have a nice day both of you

  5. Default Re: building a small cluster ....

    I would much rather go with Gigabyte for the motherboard. There are quite a few members on this forum (including myself) and other significant forums that have had great success with their boards.

    If you are going with four gigs, be sure to run 64bit Windows. Personally, 2gigs is plenty, but you can run whatever you want.

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    Default Re: building a small cluster ....

    <TABLE class=tborder style="BORDER-TOP-WIDTH: 0px" cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=6 width="100%" align=center border=0><TBODY><TR title="Post 244084" vAlign=top><TD class=alt1 align=middle width=125>PorscheGuy997@yahoo.com</TD><TD class=alt2>Re: building a small cluster ....
    <HR>I would much rather go with Gigabyte for the motherboard. There are quite a few members on this forum (including myself) and other significant forums that have had great success with their boards.
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    You are most probably right. However, i've been informed that also asus with p35 chipset showed good results on the last mb tests. whats the, up to you, advantages of gigabyte vs asus? i'll run this cluster using linux system most frequently; for computing matrix systems (such as ab and dft methods in quantum mechanics packages) comp needs a lot of memory; and bearing in mind that I actualy use multiprocessor units decided to feed it with four gigs of memory.

  7. Default Re: building a small cluster ....

    Here are a few reason why I chose Gigabyte - Overclocking, solid capacitor design, support, and overall value.

    The motherboard brand is personal. There are many others that have had luck with Asus boards in the past.

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    Default Re: building a small cluster ....

    well thanks for advice PorscheGuy.
    i finally decided to buy Gigabyte MB - SOCKET 775 - GA-P35-DS3P GA-P35-DS3P (what's your impression about this mb?) with all other mentioned components. I also heard your advice concerning memory size so I'll satisfy with 3 gigs per each machine.
    thanks again and have a nice day

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