If the budget can withstand it, then sometime around the year-end holidays I would like to build a new Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Although it is definitely overkill, I am thinking of a dual-Zeon based workstation/server with 64 GB of RAM.
This system will run Windows 7 (64 bit), Cubase 64 bit, Sonar 64 bit, and numerous instrument, orchestral, vocal, and other plugins. I already have a great HAF 932 case that has worked very well for my current but aging quad-core system.
I won't overclock.
I want water cooling mostly for the quiet because howling fans are fatigue inducing muse killers.
I don't play a lot of video games, but I like lots of big monitors.
A side hobby is graphic rendering, which is CPU intensive. Very side. Someday I would like to resume that, but for now the music is the thing for me.
My pie-in-the-sky configuration is something like this:
- Intel Zeon 6-core processors (2)
- Server Motherboard supporting at least 96 GB of DDR3 RAM plus SATA III
- 48 GB or 64 GB of RAM (motherboard should support up to 96 GB of RAM for future growth)
- Medium-to-high-end ATI Graphics card (1 to start, maybe eventually 2)
- UAD-2 PCI-E "Quad" DSP card (it's basically 4 processors on a card that provide effects such as reverb, delay, and more)
- HDD - Minimum 2, maximum 3; all SATA III (one drive will be removable for backups).
- SSD - None for now but should support 4 or more for future repository for extensive orchestra sample libraries such as the EastWest/Quantum Leap libraries.
- Not planning to use RAID at this time, but I want the motherboard to support it natively if possible.
Q1 - What type of Koolance design would be best for two 6-core CPUs, two or more GPUs, and two or more spinning hard drives (the ones permanently mounted in the case)?
----Q1a - Should I consider a dual-pump system with dual reservoirs?
----Q1b - If using dual pumps and dual reservoirs, would I then also need two radiators? If so, how would I mount such a configuration in a HAF 932 case?
Q2 - Most ATI and Nvdia graphic cards come with heatsink/fans already assembled/attached. What's the feasibility of removing this in favor of liquid cooling? Is it even worth the bother these days?
Q3 - Is it truly necessary to consider cooling the chipset, hard drives, or other components?
I'm sure I'll have other questions, but this should be a good start...