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is this good high end spec computer for 3d max and rendering ????
show user profile  snowysk8
============================ MONITOR x2
BenQ G2420HDB Full HD TFT LCD 24" DVI-D Monitor

============================ MOBO
Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z68XP-UD3 iSSD Motherboard

============================ CPU
Intel Core i7 2600k 3.4GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

============================ RAM
Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Vengeance Blue Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V

============================ GFX
PNY GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card

============================ HDD

WD 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 7200RPM 32MB Cache

OS on a seperate SSD
OCZ 60GB Vertex 3 SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 550MB/s Write 495MB/s

============================ CASE
Antec 900 Nine Hundred Case with 200mm Top Fan

============================ PSU
OCZ Stealth Xstream II 700W PSU - 6x SATA 2x PCI-E

============================ OPTICAL DRIVE
LG BH10LS30 10x BD-RE with DVD±RW SATA Blu-Ray Drive - Retail Box with Software

============================ CPU COOLER
Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

========================== OPERATING STSTEM
win7 pro 64bit

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10/27/2011 5:34:21 PM (last edit: 10/27/2011 5:34:21 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
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10/27/2011 7:55:44 PM (last edit: 10/27/2011 7:55:44 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Nice. Wanna swap for my core 2 quad setup? ;)

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10/27/2011 10:37:09 PM (last edit: 10/27/2011 10:37:09 PM)
show user profile  killerbee2
if you're serious then skip the i7 and go for dual xeon 6-core and minimum of 2GB per processor.

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10/27/2011 10:50:50 PM (last edit: 10/27/2011 10:50:50 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
h60 sucks - high end air coolers like silver arrow or nh-d14 are cheaper, quieter and cool better
60GB SSD - is too small to be useful - i mean unless you want its only use to be booting up which is kind of pointless, look for 120gb+ so you can actually put stuff on it and use it
TN panels suck - by buying the benq's youre buying 2 of them, you can get a single 24" IPS panel for roughly the price of the 2 tho
2600k - for max rendering is a complete waste, the HT gives it around 5-10% edge over 2500k but with HT it OC's lower so pretty much comes out at the same level. if you want to dump money on the cpu so that its more useful wait ~2 weeks and get a 2011 board+ 3930K instead
Z68XP-UD3 has 7 VRM's - not exactly ideal for OCing

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10/27/2011 11:53:07 PM (last edit: 10/28/2011 12:04:00 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
@Stabby- I have an H70 I think in my rig... It works pretty well (I however have not had that much experience with fluid cooling though). I have a 2600k i7 and I am able to OC it at about 4.6-4.7 ghz in the safe internal temp of at max 70C..

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10/28/2011 7:23:08 AM (last edit: 10/28/2011 7:23:25 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
dont get me wrong its not a bad cooler but as long as there are better options available it still sucks :p the only reason i'd possibly stick a ready made WC loop in my system was if there wasnt enough room around the cpu for a heat sink or if the case ventilation is lacking. Both the 2500k and 2600k OC roughly the same, turning HT on bumps the temps by around 5-10 degrees (depending on cooler) and induces some instability meaning that with HT on you get lower OC then with HT off in most cases, not to mention the $100 you save vs possible insignificant performance gains is much better spent somewhere else like bigger SSD on his case or an actual worthwhile wc loop (look into xspc rasa) to push the cpu further.

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10/28/2011 7:54:17 AM (last edit: 10/28/2011 7:54:17 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
What`d you recommend in that case Mr_Stabby, w/regards to i7 + cooling + OC setup?

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10/28/2011 10:16:14 AM (last edit: 10/28/2011 10:16:14 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
Welcome to the first ever Stabby PC buyers guide for use with 3ds max!

First off - working with 3ds max and rendering poses several different workloads for which different solutions are optimal, there are also multiple price classes one might want to choose from so here are some designations

marked with B - big render, meaning this part is the most cost effective for the long (2h+) renders, perfectly suited for miniature render farms and/or low pre processing scenes meaning that pre processing doesn't make up more then 10% of the total render time (such as high poly count but simple materials)

marked with S - short render or production render, meaning this part is most cost effective for the quick previews (generally ranging from 1s - few minutes)

marked with W - viewport performance, meaning this part is most cost effective for the actual work with 3ds max

marked with $ - reasonable bang for reasonable price

marked with ? - a little more bang for questionable price

marked with ! - undeniable performance advantage that makes your wallet sad

Step 1: choose your cpu

LGA 1155:
Intel i5 2500k - S, W, $
Intel i7 2600k - S, W, ?
Intel i7 2700k - S, W, ???
Intel Xeon E3 1230 - ?

LGA 1366:
Intel i7 970 - B, W, $
Intel i7 995x - B, W, ?

LGA 1366 2p:
Intel Xeon E5645 - B, W, $
Intel Xeon X5650 - S, B, W, !

LGA 2011:
Intel i7 3820 - S, W, ? (available as of nov 14)
Intel i7 3930K - S, B, W, $ (available as of nov 14)
Intel i7 3960X - S, B, W, ? (available as of nov 14)
not enough info on SBE xeons to make decision there

AMD 1090T - B, $$
AMD FX 8150 - B, ?

Step 2: the cpus were categorized by their socket, here are motherboards to go with the socket and some info on their upgrade path if any

Socket 1155: This socket is expected to get upgrades for at least another 2 years
ASRock P67 Pro3 - budget board (PS! dont buy the z68 version they pooped all over the vrms)
ASUS P8Z68 series - the more you shell out the more trinklets you get.. decent value i guess

Socket 1366: This socket is pretty much done for, soon to be replaced by s2011
ASRock X58 EXTREME - budget board
ASUS SaberTooth X58 - plenty capable

Socket 1366 2p: While this socket is done for there probably wont be an OC capable 2p 2011 board for another year so this still remains the highest performance option for production type work
EVGA SR2 - your only option really if you want to OC a 2p system
there are plenty of non OC variety hovering around 300$ range but i dont know much about them

Socket 2011: Expected to live for 3+ years
no specs out yet but im eyeballing gigabyte x79 ud5

Socket AM3+: Expected to live another year but there doesnt seem to be anything worthwhile coming to it
ASUS M5A99X EVO - As OC capable as the high end, lacks some bells and whistles
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX - Most sensible of the high end boards

Obviously there is a whole lot more boards out there that i didnt list, doesnt mean they are bad but they just havent stood out to me much

Step 3: Pick out the cheapest ass 4gb ram sticks you can find and fill out all dimm slots on the board you selected, for 3ds max there is absolutely 0% difference between 1333mhz and 2400mhz ram. Do keep in mind that s1155, AM3+ have max 4 slots, 1366 has 6, 1366 2p has 12 and 2011 will have 8. Alternatively you can shell out $200 per 8gb ram sticks and double the amount of memory you can get(as long as the mem controller is fine with it) but up to you if you find it worth it.

Step 4: cooling
hyper 212+: generally regarded as the best budget cooler, will get your 1155 cpu to 4.5ghz and few hundred mhz beyond with ease
thermalright silver arrow: last i checked the best air cooler you can get, beats all the ready made water loops
XSPC rasa rs240: most cost effective upgrade you can get from silver arrow

Step 5: video cards!
AMD 6950: awesome bang/buck high end card since most of them can be unlocked to 6970
AMD 6970: AMD's highest end option
nvidia 570: falls into same performance range as 6970, more expensive but being a nvidia card you get access to cuda/physx which is sort of a big deal in max
nvidia 580: 8% more performance for 30% more price
AMD 6990 / nvidia 590: downclocked double die versions of 6970/580, unless you get an exceptionally good price on these you are probably better off with sli/crossfireing the cards above

ok oh man im tired of typing, maybe i type more later, maybe i hit my head and forget this thread ever existed

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10/28/2011 12:38:49 PM (last edit: 10/28/2011 12:38:49 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Good work Stabby.

Have a cookie.

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10/29/2011 12:10:44 AM (last edit: 10/29/2011 12:11:12 AM)
show user profile  killerbee2
Stabby, let's say you got 8k $$$, what would you assemble ?

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10/29/2011 1:43:52 AM (last edit: 10/29/2011 1:43:52 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
a bus ticket to moscow, 1 night in ritz, lobster dinner, an ounce of cokaine and 4 high class hookers. that seems most sensible to me

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10/29/2011 7:08:15 AM (last edit: 10/29/2011 7:08:15 AM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
I'm in.
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10/29/2011 8:06:25 AM (last edit: 10/29/2011 8:06:25 AM)
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