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Time for a PC Upgrade (I know... I know..)
show user profile  LionDebt
So, I've finally figured I've learn enough about edge-loops, good geometry, chamfering, poles, subdivision etc (for now anyway) - and I'm starting to dip into learning about materials and lighting - so that the stuff I create can be more than just a clay render.

But, the whole 'apply this material, render it, see what it comes out like' approach isn't that effective when it's taking me 3 to 5 minutes to create a relatively simple scene with a glass arch material, a water arch material and a wood arch material. And when I start adding some lights and using advanced lighting - I might as well go make a cup of tea, or five.

[[edit: this render took 8m:42s

A low poly glass, turbosmooth 1 iteration, 2 planes for background, and a skylight using the default light-tracer settings.]]

Now, I'm not expecting super fast renders and my budget, however, is flexible. I'm looking for a general upgrade to my system, something relatively high-end that will suffice for personal 3D studio max use for the next 3 years or so.

This is my current 'rig':
MOBO - Asus P5N E-SLi 773
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 1.86GHz
RAM - 4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz 5-5-5-31
GFX - NVIDIA GeForce GT240
HDD - 250GB Western Digital (SCSI)
SCREENS - 2x SyncMaster 2043bw @ 1680x1050 (21" flatscreens)

The graphics card has been the newest addition - I like to play games.. but recently I've been having more fun fiddling about in 3D Studio Max. The Motherboard is probably the oldest component, along with the power-supply unit. The RAM iirc is Kingston brand and was installed before the graphics card - the previous set got corrupted and the warranty had just run out...

I know a bit about computers, but not enough to make an educated and logical choice in where to improve/upgrade - whether or not to save up and completely refit the computer (new mobo, processor, etc), or to upgrade it in segments. I basically want to avoid throwing money at it for sub-standard results!

Any recommendations, insights, links to other websites will be appreciated!
ps. donations too ;)
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2/10/2011 5:25:21 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 5:30:00 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
that spec is no way near high end, id say that's low end for a studio set up, if you have a small budget ditch the dual screens and put the money in to getting more RAM, better CPU and a GPU

*edit*

ha oops soz i thought that was your proposed rig. my bad!

usual things to get:

8GB RAM
i7 or if you can afford it a dual xeon
Nvidia Quadro card or high end ATI

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2/10/2011 5:38:44 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 5:44:48 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
budget? cpu performance/price wise the curve goes downhill real fast after around 250$ mark so after that point expect to pay twice more money for twice less performance gain, also unless you can get some SERIOUS(like atleast a single $2.5k tesla) juice for gpu computing you will probably be happier with cpu render while in production.

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2/11/2011 5:23:03 AM (last edit: 2/11/2011 5:23:03 AM)
show user profile  albongino
It depends on your budget,

I'd get me a 6 core AMD (Thuban), "I think" they're the best bang for your buck right now. if you're looking for performance vs. price. also consider the newly released Intel i7 and i5 2nd generation CPUs. If you wait a bit you could save up and try the new AMD Bulldozer cpus, they say they'll be released in a few months. those are going to be fast.

If you can't afford a thuban then go for an Athlon X3 and unlock the fourth core with a Motherboard that can do it. Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and such, have those boards. You could get the 2 items for about 200 bucks. at some point in the past I even considered a micro render farm made out of those.

it is all about your budget.



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2/11/2011 8:35:51 AM (last edit: 2/11/2011 8:35:51 AM)
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