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Best PC to buy?
show user profile  jp1979
Just wondered if anybody had any views on PCs

Need to buy 6 PCs for work... ideally just want to buy 6 of the same

3 use Max/vray (mainly 2 predominantly)
2 uses Solidworks
the other 1 is adobe suite (quite a bit of aftereffects)

all use adobe suite and Autocad to...

got to keep budget to around the 1k mark each so was thinking of a PC with i7-5930K?
or would it be better to get a older Xeon processor?

If anybody has any good links that are off the shelf would be interested!

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7/2/2015 5:41:44 PM (last edit: 7/2/2015 5:41:44 PM)
show user profile  jp1979
I thought this was a good buy... (with a more boring work style case):

obviously need to buy graphics card and HD so will be bit over 1k +vat

if any other companies it would be good to know!
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7/2/2015 6:05:02 PM (last edit: 7/2/2015 6:05:02 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Keep in mind that Max/Maya (with now the exception of 2016 I think) and SW are not multi-threaded softwares.

So potentially a beefy i7 with higher clock speed and fewer cores are going to be better choice than a xeon with more cores and less of a clock (unless you are rendering.. then more cores=more buckets, but then again, that doesn't matter with Vray3.0 as much since vray now can break up render buckets better.)

Thumbs up for an i7 I would say over a xeon (but watch multi-threaded tech become standard in all these softwares over the next few years).

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7/2/2015 6:23:32 PM (last edit: 7/2/2015 6:23:32 PM)
show user profile  jp1979
Thanks 9krausec,

I think if I went for a xeon it would be same amount of cores due to cost anyway... so think your right its probably best power for money..

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7/2/2015 6:34:14 PM (last edit: 7/2/2015 6:34:14 PM)
show user profile  joelr
regarding solidworks- it depends on what you are doing:
regular SW modeling is single core. so the faster your MHZ will be better.
rendering and simulation work is best for multi core.

there is a lot to learn about these areas.
i bought and built a new system about a year ago and i have gotten a lot of help from the SW forum.
specifically this link:
(it is for 2013 but they keep updating it. besides look around you might find a newer post in this same topic)
(this is more general)

in these forum you can also post your PC spec and have great people advise you.
aether on brand names like dell or if you are specing them yourself.

anyway, if you buy the same system for max, vray, SW etc you might get a good system going, but it might not be as best as possible.

good luck,

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7/2/2015 7:17:38 PM (last edit: 7/2/2015 7:17:38 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
If you give me £6000 I'll personally come over and build your computers for you.
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7/3/2015 12:21:06 AM (last edit: 7/3/2015 12:21:06 AM)
show user profile  jp1979
Ive ordered PCs (ex graphic cards now) gone for Intel Core i7 4790K

Im looking at what best graphics card I can get for money:

Was thinking of a Quadro K2200 4GB graphics card
I found this website... any body know difference and why one is cheaper? does it have to be used on a Dell??
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7/9/2015 1:48:30 PM (last edit: 7/9/2015 1:48:30 PM)
show user profile  Sangre
As an owner of 4790k I can say for sure that the stock heat sinks are useless. You'll have to invest in some after market coolers (Hyper 212 evo is a bare minimum for turbo boost).

As for quadros I'm guessing they only benefit in a very limited amount of tasks. A gaming card might be as good as quadro for smaller price for your particular needs.
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7/9/2015 2:20:42 PM (last edit: 7/9/2015 2:20:56 PM)
show user profile  ijzerman
I would go for a gtx 970 or a gtx 960 if you are on a budget :) Dont see much use for quadro's apart from having more then 4 gb VRAM.

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7/9/2015 2:26:03 PM (last edit: 7/9/2015 2:26:03 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
There are 8 and 12 GB gaming cards coming out soon. It might be worth waiting for one of them, depending on your needs.

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7/9/2015 2:28:20 PM (last edit: 7/9/2015 2:28:20 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
I personally would buy the most expensive gaming card you can and you'll be golden.

But I read somewhere about certified drivers for Quadro/FirePro - especially with regard to SoftWorks. Can't say much about Max really, other than it has always worked for my needs with a high-end gaming card. Maybe go Quadro for the machines using SoftWorks and GTX970s everywhere else.

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7/9/2015 2:33:12 PM (last edit: 7/9/2015 2:33:12 PM)
show user profile  jp1979
Thanks for replys...
heat sink is a good idea....

I was thinking the Quadro K2200 4GB graphics card for 2 machines with Solidworks.
So what you are saying is theK2200 Dell one or HP one will only work in the corresponding brands? seems weird!..

Prob will get 960 GTX for others (as suggested!).... I might hold off but need to have machines ready for end of August when new recruits start!
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7/9/2015 4:18:09 PM (last edit: 7/9/2015 4:18:09 PM)
show user profile  jp1979
Just spoke to company and only difference is Dell is slightly lower res output (3840x2160 opposed to 4096x2160).... Ill give it a test with Max for myself but think it might be more for the Solidworks guy!
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7/9/2015 5:05:52 PM (last edit: 7/9/2015 5:05:52 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
As far as gaming vs quadro cards are concerned, quadro's are superior hands down (due to drivers). If you got a lot of money to blow, get a quadro.

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7/9/2015 5:18:25 PM (last edit: 7/9/2015 5:18:25 PM)
show user profile  jp1979
Great, thanks 9krausec, thats defo made up mind... maybe all 6 PCs now!

This is costs and performance of Quadros.... why Ive picked K2200 as recon best for money
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7/9/2015 6:03:57 PM (last edit: 7/9/2015 6:04:41 PM)
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