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PROJECT Napoleon Midnight

jmoorez2001
Level 10
hello all im not new here just a looker bystander i got in to computers a few ( long ago ) and been building them for freinds and family there abouts a friend came up to me one day and said he needed a pc to do revit on and we sat down and thought of the things to go with it we did a few sketches of differnt layouts 32556 and what not's so this is where we started from 32557325583255932560
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jmoorez2001
Level 10
3265832659 fitted the case into the rest of the desk and so far its realy takeing shape now

jmoorez2001
Level 10
32662 lol the shop owner and his lil cat 😉

jmoorez2001
Level 10
32664326653266632667 me acting goofy when the pc is up and running for the first time after 21 days of building the case and is now back home with the owner and he loves it

Napoleon_Midnig
Level 7
@Antronman ... Regarding the AMD W9000… I am the owner of this mod. When we began this extended project, the AMD W7000, W8000, and W9000 had not been released. The most cost-effective graphics solution was 2-ATI V8800s. I was only driving 4 monitors and the ATI cards were in a Crossfire configuration. At the time, we were using the AMD FX8150 that had just been released. As the project evolved, we went from the FX 8150 to the FX 8350 and then to the FX 9590.

The other part of this project not being addressed here was the design and construction of a multi-monitor configuration. The original plan called for 8-27 inch monitors mounted 4 above and 4 below. This proved to be too much because it exceeded my comfort zone as to being able to scan all 8 monitors without straining my neck. We finally settled on 6 monitors, mounted 3 above and 3 below.



When the AMD W7000, W8000, and W9000 were released, the only cost-effective solution to upgrade the ATI 8650s was 2-W7000s. However, we were not aware of the limitations imposed by using 2 video cards in a Crossfire configuration. Each of the W7000s is designed for 4 monitors. Turning on Crossfire meant shutting down 2 monitors leaving only 4. The W7000s had no problem driving 6 monitors, but not while in Crossfire.

Admittedly the W9000 is a very pricey card. I shopped it weekly for months when I came across a new (still in the shrink wrap) W9000 for $2,000 including shipping, etc. (Up until then, the best price I had found was $3,200+.) With the W7000s running around $750 each, it was not a difficult decision to upgrade to the W9000 based on the bargain I found.

Ironically, based on speed tests designed for gaming, which is certainly not the best way to test a workstation card, the W9000 outperformed the 2-W7000s driving all 6 monitors. If we put the W7000s into Crossfire (shutting down 2 monitors), the 2-W7000s out performs the single W9000.

But the reality is, all configurations are so powerful, I don't think I would notice the difference unless I was trying to render a complex graphic (something I rarely do). The pride of ownership was the biggest motivation for the W9000 card, as long as I did not pay the $3,200+ price for it. After all, pride has its limitations.