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Is this computer good for rendering?
show user profile  nymphett
I'm getting a new computer for my work (mostly in 3Ds Max-Rendering images & videos), but I'm abit clueless as to which specs to get.
I picked out this one:

Motherboard: Intel s5520sc (Intel 5520 EATX)
CPU: PROCESSORS Dual Six Core Intel® Xeon® Processor X5650, 2.66GHz,12M L3, 6.4GT/s, turbo edit
RAM: Kingston 48GB DDR3-1333 REG ECC (6X8GB)
VIDEO CARD: PNY Quadro 4000 2GB
HARD DRIVE: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue (6GB/s)
CD/DVD: Asus 24x DVD-RW Lightscribe SATA

My max budget is 6k.

What do you guys think? Should I get it ?

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2/6/2011 12:48:18 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 12:49:26 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
Quadro 4000 specs :

Floating point performance (single precision) 480 Mflops.

AMD Radeon 6970 :

2.7 Tflops single precision compute power
683 Gfllops double precision compute power

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2/6/2011 12:55:36 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 1:08:26 PM)
show user profile  Bobbyboy
Lol what are you rich or something? First student I have ever seen who could afford 48gb or ram! lol
Seriously though, if you are going for it, like AS points out, drop the ridiculously over priced quadro card in place of a top of the line gaming card, you will get much better performance in most scenarios.

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2/6/2011 1:55:00 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 1:55:00 PM)
show user profile  nymphett
so if I change the quardo card, it'll be perfect for rendering?
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2/6/2011 2:16:03 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 2:16:03 PM)
show user profile  badboydeebs
yes and no. gpu renderings is used in vray rt. if you dont have that then its all down to your cpu and ram only.

if you can afford it go for 3 gtx 580's
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2/6/2011 2:44:28 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 2:44:28 PM)
show user profile  nymphett
Yea, I'm using Vray in most of my work.
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2/6/2011 4:21:24 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 4:21:24 PM)
show user profile  badboydeebs
vray and vray rt or just vray?
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2/6/2011 5:09:42 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 5:09:42 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
why not 3 6970's ?

This might be worth a look ... haven't researched properly yet.

(Thanks NickP)
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2/6/2011 5:15:12 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 5:23:26 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Why not 3 6990's?

Visit my Portfolio

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2/6/2011 9:40:00 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 9:40:00 PM)
show user profile  reeves1984
6k is probably not worth spending (on one machine)

Simon Reeves - VFX Artist & Blog
twitter <-- I work here

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2/6/2011 11:38:16 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 11:38:16 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
agreed with the above for the most part...

if your going to be using vray rt gpu a lot... get more video performance. ie 3x gtx580's...

quadro cards are good for two things...

-costing more money (cause their validation process is stricter and rate of failure is much lower)
-supplying HD SDI output channels for robust editing rigs (also not too much of a worry for you)

and i slightly agree with reeves... 6k is a bit much for a single machine unless the form factor is part of the cost (blade style, etc).

-Marko Mandaric

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2/6/2011 11:47:06 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 11:47:06 PM)
show user profile  Amish bob
When you say "for my work" do you mean your personal 3d stuff, or your job?
I agree with the others, 6k is way too much for one machine.
I'd scale down the specs some, and get 3 large monitors instead.

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2/6/2011 11:55:04 PM (last edit: 2/6/2011 11:55:04 PM)
show user profile  badboydeebs
sorry if im incorrect but 3 monitors make no different to your work right?

anyways im not sure which is best here.

i mean if u spend 6k on 1 machine or 6k on 3 machines. for example.

the pc you said above or 3x these

3x 580gtx
16gb ddr 3
intel i7 970
ill just state the 3 main parts.

so 3x them machines would give you .

9x gtx 580's
3x i7 970's
48gb ram
ye holy shit lol it would kill your 6k single machine but the only prob is which makes the 6k single pc win is.


which path will you choose
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2/7/2011 12:05:53 AM (last edit: 2/7/2011 12:05:53 AM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
We STILL at this??


Ya know what, answer your question "yes" this machine will be very good for rendering.

You can spend forever mixing and matching components,....and then to further confuse yourself start applying AS's comments as well.....

You are probably NOT relying on Vray RT for your FINAL rendering output are you? So forget all the GFX card stuff. Stay on-track. Get a decent card (many have been mentioned)...and your viewport performance will be fine.

Processor and RAM please.

The system you referenced is great. 2 things (as others have said)
-forget the friggin quadro.
- 500GB TOTAL? You aint getting much video on there now are you? 500GB for your SYSTEM drive is OK....But you will need another drive for your data....and potentially even more for video depending on what your idea of editing video is? You a pro? Editting multiple streams of RED data in realtime? prolly not. So keep your 500GB system drive,....add another 2 X 1TB drives.....use one for data and one for video.
You're done.
Go buy it!

It is really easy to confuse the hell out of a new system purchase,.....especially if (no offense) you dont know anything about computers or how your software uses the hardware. So just get a badass box with lotsa cores....lotsa RAM...a good video card and a few HD's.
Keep in mind that HD's are can add them as you need to. can even work off of External USB 2.0're not in a mission critical movie pipeline like Bolts and some of the others.......
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2/7/2011 12:17:41 AM (last edit: 2/7/2011 12:17:41 AM)
show user profile  Amish bob
2 or more monitors makes a big difference in your work. Ask anyone who's tried it.

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2/7/2011 12:54:57 AM (last edit: 2/7/2011 12:54:57 AM)
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