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BOXX Technologies workstations: yea or nay?
show user profile  Astrobeej
Hey folks. I recently upgraded to Max 2013, and my current computer is no longer up to the task. If I'm going to drop some cash for a new one, I want to get the most bang for the buck. I'm relatively tech savvy, but not enough to build my own machine from scratch.

BOXX Technologies looks like a good way to get seriously powerful computers custom tailored for 3D use with minimal bottlenecks, but I don't personally know anyone who has used one. Do any of you have first-hand experience using them? Are the machines everything they are cracked up to be? Is the company solid and reputable? Do they stand behind their work?

B.J. West
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5/1/2013 2:13:01 AM (last edit: 5/1/2013 2:13:01 AM)
show user profile  Garp
> I'm relatively tech savvy, but not enough to build my own machine from scratch.

Bullshit. I'm not tech savvy at all. After a bit of googling I built the thing and it works fine.
For 2/3 of the price of an equivalent machine from a vendor.

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5/1/2013 3:25:46 AM (last edit: 5/1/2013 3:25:46 AM)
show user profile  donvella
^ ^

Build it yourself, some pc places will build you your selected parts for $50 - pretty safe option. And save yourself $1000 with their shiny case badges.

Take those specs on the boxx render machines to your local PC supplier - and get them to match it with a discount if your not so savvy

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5/1/2013 3:41:34 AM (last edit: 5/1/2013 3:41:50 AM)
show user profile  blackmariah
The first computer I built, years ago, was a fucking week-long process of pain and anger.

The most recent computer I built went together in under an hour.

More experience? Better knowledge?

Fuck no, it's just that easy now. Better drivers, better software availability, you have the internet there to answer every question, more standardization in parts, and just overall better and easier EVERYTHING.

Build your own. It's not hard. Set a price point and stick to it.

*looks at Boxx's website*

No prices? No fucking prices? Call for price? This isn't 1997 you fucking shitbags. List the fucking price or I fucking hate you.

*Google to the pricing rescue*


Dude, fucking build your own. Trust me, you can get just as good for half as fucking much. Jesus Monkeygoat Christ that's ridiculous...
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5/1/2013 7:05:02 AM (last edit: 5/1/2013 7:05:02 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Well i think BOXX workstations are built to a high-standard, and you are paying for hand-picked quality components and the peace of mind that everything works when it`s switched on for the first time. Although personally i`ve built my own workstation and would do again..

However - assembling your own machine has it`s own potential pitfalls. For example in my case, i`d picked 32Gb of good quality ram and a good quality X79 motherboard to support it - and yet somehow i`m only getting 24Gb of that RAM showing up. Have tested all the ram sticks by swapping them around etc but literally ( due to work, as i built the PC specifically to do work on ) i can`t afford to go sending the motherboard/ram etc back for testing and wait a couple of months for a replacement..

So, pre-built has its upsides. The average PC/gaming shop will build you a system that`s costed down to the bone and will charge an average ( here in the UK ) of say 2-300 quid of a premium on top of the cost of parts to do it for you.. That`s not a bad compromise if you don`t want the hassle/fear of doing it yourself..

Just my fiddy cents!

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5/1/2013 10:30:24 AM (last edit: 5/1/2013 10:30:24 AM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
ScotlandDave speaks the truth. There are benefits to high end pre built systems, whether they are worth the extra money will come down to personal preference and how much you value your time.

They can also look a lot more professional, if you have clients wandering around that can be something to consider also.

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5/1/2013 11:17:33 AM (last edit: 5/1/2013 11:23:50 AM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Boxx stuff is very high quality and tested very thoroughly.
Their support is incredible.

They are not for everyone though......
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5/1/2013 1:46:53 PM (last edit: 5/1/2013 1:46:53 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
i treat my computers like my women - spend good money and you wont disappoint. Aint got time or patience for DIY :P


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5/1/2013 1:47:41 PM (last edit: 5/1/2013 1:47:41 PM)
show user profile  STRAT, hold on, did that sound correct?


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5/1/2013 1:48:01 PM (last edit: 5/1/2013 1:48:01 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Yeah but what kind of after-sales support du get with your women Strat? Or does that cost extra? Premium rate numbers??

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5/1/2013 2:39:17 PM (last edit: 5/1/2013 2:39:17 PM)
show user profile  del3d
Build your own. It's no different then Lego.
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5/1/2013 2:59:52 PM (last edit: 5/1/2013 2:59:52 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
that's right. almost anyone can design a high performance processor from scratch.

all those tracks on the motherboard. easy peasy japanesy. just scribble them anywhere- they pretty much don't do anything so just make it look cool. it'll work just fine.

GPUs. simples. design it in your sleep.

then layout & build a fab plant in your shed.


pretty sure that's what intel & amd & nvidia do. never buy overpriced crap again. just make it yourself.

all you need is some double sided sticky tape, some cardboard tubes & flashing blue leds.
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5/1/2013 3:31:14 PM (last edit: 5/1/2013 3:56:14 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
You forgot mining and refining and processing.


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5/1/2013 3:34:04 PM (last edit: 5/1/2013 3:34:04 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
refining ? we're digging for our own oil now too ? sure. why not.

processing. never heard of it. pretty sure the puters just figure out what to do by themselves nowadays. win8 does anyhow.

next week, maxforums will teach you how to build your own fusion reactor & warp drive so you too can travel interstellar space looking for errrr ... stuff. you'll need some plasticine and a couple of empty yogurt pots.

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5/1/2013 3:36:57 PM (last edit: 5/1/2013 3:40:17 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I meant getting/processing the raw materials.

I shouldn't have bothered.

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5/1/2013 3:42:05 PM (last edit: 5/1/2013 3:42:05 PM)
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