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PC advice
show user profile  Lazmo67
Just specing out a new PC from Dino PC and would really appreciate some advice from any Tech guys. Hardware is not my area. Main questions:

Should I go for 16gb of ram and is the graphics card alright? (comes with a copy of Splinter cell blacklist and splinter cell is the only video game i've ever got hooked on so i'm basically going for that one as i'm easily bought!) Budget is £600 Max!

Also window 8.1? or stick with 7?

CPU: 1061 - AMD FX 6300 Black Edition
CPU Cooler: 3024 - Zalman CNPS5X Performa
Operating System: 11022 - Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Motherboard: 4192 - NEW! Gigabyte 970A-DS3P
RAM: 5051 - 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (1x8GB)
Hard Drive: 6049 - NEW! Seagate 1TB (Hybrid 8GB SSD)
Optical Drive: 7003 - 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: 8087 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Sound card: 10001 - Onboard 7.1 Audio
PSU: 18045 - 450W Corsair VS

Thanks, any advice gratefully received.
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12/30/2013 12:09:05 PM (last edit: 12/30/2013 12:14:49 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
In that setup your GPU is much more powerful than your CPU. For rendering and general Max work you'd probably want a configuration that favoured the CPU. At that price it's going to be a bit of a compromise so deciding where too put your money is going to come down to your particular needs.





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12/30/2013 3:07:01 PM (last edit: 12/30/2013 3:07:01 PM)
show user profile  Lazmo67
Thanks for the info.

I see i'm going to have to research this a bit more.

Anyone having problems with Max and windows 8.1?
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12/30/2013 8:34:59 PM (last edit: 12/30/2013 8:34:59 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
Its DIY time!

£174 Intel 4670K
£70 ASRock Z87 PRO3
£59 8gb corsair value ram
£132 MSI gtx 660 2gb
£65 seagate 1tb some hdd
£24 CM hyper 212 evo
£48 corsair CX500

£572 total, according to scan.co.uk which looks really friggin expensive (around 30% more than here), you can most likely find a cheaper store if you look around some.. im not from uk so idk.

as for windows, i havent heard of any issues with max in 8 but i still prefer 7 since 8 is a smoldering pile of turds imo.


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12/31/2013 3:16:54 AM (last edit: 12/31/2013 3:16:54 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Thread hijack time!

I've got a:

Z77A-G43 Motherboard (http://uk.msi.com/product/mb/Z77A-G43.html)
8GB Corsair DDR3 RAM
Intel Core i5 3600 @ 3.4GHz

with a...

nVidia GT240

Spot the weak link in the chain... What graphics card should I upgrade to?

I've had my eye on the: GeForce GTX 660... how does it compare to say the 650 Ti BOOST and the 660 Ti? Hit me with your knowledge stick, Stabby.
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12/31/2013 6:20:52 PM (last edit: 12/31/2013 6:20:52 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
since those 3 are based on the same architecture they scale linearly in various applications in relation to their rated peak performance (assuming you don't run into memory limits and such)

650Ti boost 1.5TF
660 1.88TF (25% faster than first)
660Ti 2.46TF (64% faster than first)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_600_Series

while percentages and TF numbers might not give you a definitive answer, if you pick a card with the most TF per dollar you'll most likely be satsified with your purchase

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1/1/2014 1:48:17 AM (last edit: 1/1/2014 1:48:17 AM)
show user profile  Spear Chuck
Configuring the ideal workstation for your 3ds Max workflow is one of the most important business decisions you’ll make. Before you invest in a system here are a few things to consider.
?3ds Max is a multi-threaded application (it utilizes many processing cores) featuring numerous functions—including rendering.
?3ds Max is also GPU centric, taking full advantage of NVIDIA CUDA and Direct X technology.
?The rendering functions in 3ds Max are bandwidth bound, meaning they commonly utilize multiple cores simultaneously.

Rendering applications vary, so what are your rendering needs?
?mental ray® relies on CPU performance, so a workstation PC with more cores can provide faster rendering performance
?iray® (on the other hand) is GPU bound, so it requires high performance and/or multiple graphics cards


Recommended 3D Studio Max configurations if your primary tasks are:
?3ds Max Modeling and Animation
?3ds Max on the Go
?3ds Max with Dedicated Rendering

http://www.boxxtech.com/Solutions/3ds-max

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1/2/2014 2:02:10 AM (last edit: 1/2/2014 2:02:10 AM)
show user profile  donvella
>?3ds Max is a multi-threaded application (it utilizes many processing cores) featuring numerous functions—including rendering.

lol. Pretty sure max's only multicore function is rendering :S




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1/2/2014 8:27:56 AM (last edit: 1/2/2014 8:27:56 AM)
show user profile  Lazmo67
thanks for the replies. To be brutally honest most of it is above my head. I have a decent workstation at work but I also work from home and although I have a laptop to connect remotely it's not ideal. I'd like a decent system at home aswell. I work with imported Vehicle CAD (some large files, whole vehicles). I don't do anything particularly clever but I'd like to be able to manipulate it, set up simple animations and add materials (mental ray). Rendering (apart from personal projects) will be done at work on the render farm. Also be using After Effects and Zbrush (for personal projects)

So I basically need PC buying advice for dummies.

I've upped the budget by £50

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1/2/2014 11:50:49 AM (last edit: 1/2/2014 11:50:49 AM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
They have an i5 machine on Dino PC for 650. If you don't want to build your own that would probably be a decent buy.





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1/2/2014 3:56:51 PM (last edit: 1/2/2014 3:56:51 PM)
show user profile  donvella
My advice would be get as much ram as possible. If your going to be using AE at the same time as max, you will need at LEAST 16gb ram. Im getting to the point I need 64gb of ram. Comping eats that shit. I dont know if 450watt is enough either, thats more technical but I would guess with a setup like that you will need something around 650.





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1/3/2014 1:59:46 AM (last edit: 1/3/2014 2:01:23 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Would also spec a GPU that is compatible with AE gpu/cuda acceleration if u use AfterEffects heavily.. Found out mine ( 560Ti ) is not. Not sure if it only applies to speedups with the Raytraced 3d engine in AE but i think it`s worth considering as CUDA accelerated technology does seem to be ramping up in popularity..


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1/3/2014 2:43:15 AM (last edit: 1/3/2014 2:43:15 AM)
show user profile  digs
im drooling over the thought of upgrading to the 690 - first purchase when i have steady income
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1/3/2014 3:18:15 AM (last edit: 1/3/2014 3:18:15 AM)
show user profile  c0
Dutch Best Buy Guide - January 2014
http://tinyurl.com/kcaug4o

Only "Mainstream Game System" may be of interest. Needs more memory (and perhaps faster CPU). Suggested video card may be overkill if you're not playing games much.
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1/3/2014 10:09:33 AM (last edit: 1/3/2014 10:17:00 AM)
show user profile  Lazmo67
Quick question.

The GTX 650Ti NVIDIA Graphics Card is manufactured by different suppliers. Do they all work to the same spec. Would I be guaranteed a CUDA enabled card.

I emailed Dino Pc And they just said, if you're worried spec it without and purchase separately, which didn't really answer my question.
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1/3/2014 1:29:37 PM (last edit: 1/3/2014 1:29:37 PM)
 
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