to get to the point: Im going to buy myself a new computer.. my current one is waay to slow for my needs.
Mainly I do Maya modeling, animation, vfx and rendering, mudbox sculpting and photoshop image editing...
Im thinking about buying this one:
That system looks to be solid and the hardware looks to be pretty high end.
In my experience, I've always been a fan of building my own machines as opposed to buying a pre-build box. Granted, you have to have a bit of hardware knowledge but it's really not that difficult. This allows you to shop around for the best prices on individual pieces as well as select particular manufacturers you might favor over others. For example, because I'm not that familiar with Gigabyte, I might select an EVGA or Asus main board based on my past experiences with them. I'm also sort of picky about who makes my video card. Also, it's really easy for the next upgrade to just switch out the updated pieces and leave the ones that don't need upgrading. The case for my personal machine has seen 3 different builds and the power supply has seen 2.
If you don't feel like building a machine, have you checked out Alienware? I've had a little experience with their hardware and I know it's solid as well.
You might want to consider putting an extra monitor on your system. My two sons have that and when I get my new computer in a few months, I will get it too. That way you can use the whole screen as a work area and have all the menus and other features on the second monitor. I'll bet the moderators use multiple monitors in that way.
I recently got my own computer and the price was about 16-17 000$, and all the softwares are up and running in 1-2secs. I think you should go with Eddies tips, its better to buy all the computer parts that includes more of your needs than a standard completed computer. I got lucky enough to find a guy who built it and trimmed it for me (Im not good with building computers so), so I asked him what i needed and he got it for me and built it on his own. (maybe a little risky thing if you dont know the guy but im extreamly happy witht the results today).
what are your needs really ? desktop with multi screens or full performance workstation , whats your data throughput requirements ? are you running into hard-disk latency issues ? bottle necks in pci chipsets ? if you dont understand the questions then your dont need a workstation machine yet .
So... do you say that a full performance workstation cannot have multiscreens? Did I ever mention a workstation? what sort of post is this?
My requirements arent that high, I dont need a workstation.. just a strong computer to run programms smoothly...
Hey I have a suggestion in the GPU sector. Instead of a GeForce go for the Nvidia Quadro series. Quadro seems to have better performance for workstations and totally rapes GeForce while working with 3d applications. Plus you get enhanced performance while using Quadro for 3ds Max and UDK, i haven't checked out the other apps.
In the case of the processor, i have never been a fan of intel. I always prefer AMD. AMD is the mother of performance compared to intel. So as to go along with AMD i choose a motherboard from Asus.
This is my computer spec.
CPU AMD Phenom II SIX X6 - 1100T 3.3 GHz, 9M, AM3
RAM 4GB X 2 DDR3 1600MHZ CL9 RIPJAWS X
HDD Seagate 1TB HDD SATA
HDD Seagate 500 GB HDD SATA
Cabinet Coolermater HAF 922
UPS APC 1KVA UPS
Graphics Card Nvidia Quadro 2000 1GB DDR5
DVD Sony DVD Writer
SMPS Antec 750W
Monitor Samsung 22" LCD Monitor 2230
Keyboard Mouse Razer Cyclosa Keyboard & Razer Abyssus Mouse
Mouse Mat Razer Golaithus Omega Mat
Speaker Logitech Speaker System Z103
if you dont understand the questions then your dont need a workstation machine yet .
Let's calm down and keep this civil. Adeptus has a legitimate post asking for recommendations on his potential configuration, so please only post if you can add something constructive to the conversation. There's simply no need for saying something like this. Remember the number 1 rule in these forums: http://www.digitaltutors.com/forum/s...rs-Forum-Rules
thanks JZacH for that however im more related to Intel and GeForce at the moment, this computer needs to be more like a multimedia allrounder and less workstation.
But, how does It come that AMD and Intel differ that much.. the latest hardware reviews I checked (it was a comparation between the i7 and the Phenom ... and i7 turned out to be faster .. I also referred to this site: http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i...600k-review/13
Also check out this graph: this helped me out a lot to decide wich cpu to choose: http://media.bestofmicro.com/I/4/318...vs%202600k.png
I will now visit some places and check prices for the individual parts, and compare the total to what it would cost if I buy the same system prebuild..
Thanks for the answers gentlemen
Personally, I've always looked at it this way. Technological differences between AMD and Intel aside, AMD owns ATI. So I've assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that AMD CPUs would prefer ATI GPUs. The flip side to that AMD/ATI combination would be an Intel CPU teamed up with NVIDIA. Since I've always preferred NVIDIA cards, simply as a personal preference, I've found the combination of Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs works pretty well. That's just my own two cents as to the AMD and Intel differences.