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Old   September 1, 2010, 20:13
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Hi,

I am looking to purchase a server to run Fluent simulations. I will be running supersonic, viscous simulations with meshes of size around 2million cells. The specs of the machine i'm looking at are:

2 x 6 core processors (intel xeon 2.66GHz)
16Gb ram
2 x 1Tb hard drive
1Gb nVidia graphics card

Will these specifications be sufficient? I have a budget of $8,500AUD, which this machine just falls under. Am I better off reducing the number of cores and increasing ram? Any other suggestions?

Thanks for your time,
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Alan,

Your thinking is correct instead of going to 12 cores try 8 cores latest i7. It could give you better results. Increase the ram to 24, or if possible 32 gb. The latest nehalem architecture helps to make the system run faster.............
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Alan,

Your thinking is correct instead of going to 12 cores try 8 cores latest i7. It could give you better results. Increase the ram to 24, or if possible 32 gb. The latest nehalem architecture helps to make the system run faster.............

Don't forget to take into account the cost of 12 individual parallel licenses (~$18,000) vs 1 'HPC 8 PACK' (~$8000).
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