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Does my system suck and how can I improve?
show user profile  Justin101
Hey all,

I'm looking at upgrading my system so that I can have faster render time in 3D Max 2011-64 and overall better performance. I mainly use 3D Max and Photoshop CS5 on Win 7 Professional-64.
Currently I have:

i7 930-2.8Ghz Processor
12G or RAM
Sapphire ATI HD5770 video card

Any suggestions about an upgrade as I have had this system for 2 years now.
My friends say a solid state hard drive with 32G RAM and a Nvidia Quadro 4000 video card would be a kick ass system.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.


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10/30/2012 2:56:29 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 2:56:29 AM)
show user profile  donvella
whats your field?


I wouldnt be looking @ Quadro cards since they stopped releasing the 3ds max performance drivers in 2011.

IMO: Im a lighting artist mainly/composite/fx. Your system you described I would work with comfortably - and I usualy simming stuff, rendering heavy scenes etc. But you know, more power is always better, right?

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10/30/2012 3:26:25 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 3:27:19 AM)
show user profile  Justin101
Hey mate,

I do architectural visualisation.
I'm also looking at the Nvidia GeForce GTX680.

Thanks for your comments.

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10/30/2012 3:40:36 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 3:40:36 AM)
show user profile  donvella
Your pc is fine for archviz.(my forte)

I would always suggest a faster video card if the budget persists... :)

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10/30/2012 5:47:53 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 5:47:53 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
Budget? Unless you wanna spend $800+ you wont really put a dent in your render speed, current IB chips are around 20% quicker clock to clock which hardly warrants a ~$300 upgrade imo. The quadro is barely quicker than your current card, whatever you have heard, they are not fast. SSD, ram nor a video card wont do anything for your render speed anyway. SSD is for convenience..if you like faster load times and such, ram will only do anything at all if you are currently running out of it.

babeh babeh babehoooooooh!

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10/30/2012 8:44:32 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 8:45:29 AM)
show user profile  Justin101
Ok, so any suggestions on what will decrease render time?

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10/30/2012 10:22:35 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 10:22:35 AM)
show user profile  shafi
You are still having a good cpu.Do you have a budget for NVIDIA GTX 680?
What renderer do you like?
I don`t think you need 32gb ram now.(12-16 gb @ 1800 Mhz is enough)
SSD has nothing to do with rendering speed.
If you have a budget for gtx 680 get it.(If you use i-ray a lot,it will increase your speed a lot).

Edit:Yeah,you can overclock your processor at 3.5 Ghz what nik clark said...
So,my question is which renderer you use maximum time?
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10/30/2012 10:35:58 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 10:40:12 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Neither an SSD or a new graphic card of any sort will decrease your render times (unless you are doing GPU rendering)

The RAM might help if you are making massive scenes.

If that system was mine, I'd overclock it to 3.5

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10/30/2012 10:36:31 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 10:36:31 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
shafi, Autodesk haven't released the update that lets Kepler cards work with iray yet. Even though Nvidia delivered it months ago, they have not implemented it. This is because they fired all the programmers and managers and Max is now being worked on by the janitor.

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10/30/2012 10:47:26 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 10:47:26 AM)
show user profile  shafi
Owww.....Thanks for the info...I knew a month ago that they didn`t release update for i-ray.But,not yet !!! That was unknown....But,why they fired all of them?What they did?
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10/30/2012 10:59:31 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 10:59:31 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
> This is because they fired all the programmers and managers and Max is now being worked on by the janitor.

Who is this super hero ?

Henry, the mild mannered janior ?

Sounds like a step forwards. A little kung fu is exactly what they need.

How can I make awesome system with what budget ?

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10/30/2012 11:02:51 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 11:06:39 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Paying fewer programmers = more money for stockholders. They had a restructuring a while ago that saw many programmers and project managers leave Autodesk. However, Frank DeLise is back with Max, which is a good thing.

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10/30/2012 11:06:08 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 11:06:08 AM)
show user profile  zeefusion
Just thought Id share my recent experience :)

I have a Quadro 4000 32GB RAM and an i73930K at work. I purchased the same system but in separate parts and built it myself for home. I overclocked the i7 and instead of a Quadro 4000 I got a GTX 670 4GB overclocked to be same as the GTX 680.

I use both computers everyday and I must say the GTX 670 is amazing compared to the Quadro 4000. Th Quadro still feels a little sluggish in the viewport where as the GTX is really smooth and V-Ray RT works a treat. Best of all the GTX is half the price of the Quadro and I get the same performance as the 680 at a much lower cost.

Here is a piccy:

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10/30/2012 3:32:31 PM (last edit: 10/30/2012 3:34:47 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
No flashing blue LEDs, or neon tubing? I am disappoint.
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10/30/2012 3:37:31 PM (last edit: 10/30/2012 3:37:31 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
No not this time. I went all out on blue lights in my last set up though:

It just peed me off
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10/30/2012 3:40:52 PM (last edit: 10/30/2012 3:42:58 PM)
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