Hello, and welcome to the build log for Project Ametros. Ametros will be a workstation PC built from the ground up - scratch built carbon fiber case, water cooling and lots of it, and plenty of power to propel it. Ametros will unfold over a period of time, so please read on and stat tuned for more. Thank you for following! Ametros - Behind the Name: Ametros is the Greek word for something that is "beyond measure". I wanted a name that had some meaning too it, and considering my friends kept calling the project overkill, I decided to come up with a name around the aura of overkill. The name also fits the use of the rig: aerodynamic simulations. Some simulations are just beyond what we are capable of measuring in a real wind-tunnel with pitot tubes and other telemetry. Build Purpose: The purpose of this rig build is multi-faceted. I am always looking for a challenge, and wanted to build something unique. The challenge behind building a case from the ground up is one purpose. The other purposes for the build are performance based. I spend quite a bit of time running aerodynamic simulations (Computational Fluid Dynamics, or CFD) for motorsports. Hence my username on OCN, motorsportcfd. CFD requires a lot of processing power and my current rigs aren't up to the challenge. The last of the performance purposes is my day job of developing software for digital x-ray imaging. I am currently working on 3D Radiography CT Reconstruction software that a lot like CFD, requires a lot of processing power. Why AMD? Time and time again I have heard, "For the money, why aren't you going with Intel/nVidia instead?" I have several Intel rigs currently, but I need an AMD developer machine for the CT Reconstruction software. The other reason is Open CL. The CFD software I use runs Open CL instead of CUDA. But still, why not nVidia? Dollar for dollar, the FirePro Graphics cards out perform the Quadro's by far. I have had much better performance using the FirePro's for CT Reconstruction and CFD Analysis than the Quadro's. nVidia has the Tesla cards, specifically designed for parallel computing, but they function best when the programs are developed using CUDA. Only one software package I have used uses CUDA for the reconstruction algorithms, the rest are Open CL. My software that I am developing will also be Open CL based. In the market I work in, I see Open CL having much more potential than CUDA, and with that experience, ATI/AMD has been the leader of OpenCL development. You still haven't said why you didn't go Sandy-Bridge or Ivy Bridge? Since I am going with AMD GPU's, I wanted to keep it all in the family. I believe that homogeneous hardware gets along better than heterogeneous hardware, but only time will tell. I am curious to see how the Thuban performs considering I've been working with Intel for so long. I don't think I will be let down! Spec Sheet - The Build Out: Will Be Updated as Build Progresses Computer Power: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS Crosshair IV Formula Motherboard 2x AMD/ATI FirePro V7900 2GB GPU's in CrossfirePro Corsair Vengeance RAM 16GB 2x Crucial M4 64GB SSD in RAID 0 for the OS 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB in RAID 0 for Programs/Documents 1x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB in Mirror for Programs/Documents Backup Cooler Master SilentPro GOLD 1000W PSU Sony Optiarc DVD-DL Burner Cooling: Swiftech Apogee HD AM3 CPU Waterblock 2x Swiftech MCR420XP 480mm Radiators 3x DDC-1T Laing Pumps EK Performance Crosshair IV MB Waterblock Custom Built Reservoir Custom Built GPU Waterblocks for V7900's Aquaero 5 Pro Fan Controller 3x Aqua Computer PowerAdjust II Aquacomputer A5 Fan Amp WC Block TEC Water Chilling - TBD 16 120mm Fans - Fans TBD, hopefully Gelid Misc Fans Air cooled RAM Case: Custom Built Carbon Fiber Case Peripherals: 3x NEC 2470WNX Enterprise Monitors Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse - Carbon Fiber Edition Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard Sound: TBD Sponsors: Signature Detailing Latest Update Picture: Other places to view Project Ametros: http://factiondevelopment.com/ - Blog dedicated to the build of Amteros and a few other PC mods http://www.facebook.com/factiondevelopment - Facebook page for instantaneous updates. Thanks for looking!