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show user profile  Andypandy7
I did a search for this so please don't kill me if I am repeating questions but I feel like this question is one that is only valid for a few months until newer tech comes along...

I'm building a PC, primarily for rendering, I will also use it for doing particle simulation and some compositing. Budget wise I can go high, no more than 2500 bux though, I already have a screen.

Can someone reccomend a decent setup from somewhere like Newegg? I've been looking at CPUs and Motherboards and it is all a bit much to take in.

I'd like a dual CPU setup if I can, with LOTS of ram, I always wish I had more, my current PC has 8GB and I hit that limit all the time when I do particle stuff.

ANY help is appreciated!!


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10/18/2011 5:57:41 AM (last edit: 10/18/2011 5:57:41 AM)
show user profile  reeves1984

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10/18/2011 12:03:16 PM (last edit: 10/18/2011 12:03:16 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
contact a local pc shop, let them suggest a system to you (they love inventing dual systems)
post here what they suggest, we will trash it and suggest improvements that will improve your way of life..

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10/18/2011 12:13:13 PM (last edit: 10/18/2011 12:13:13 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
well the best 2p system you can afford right now would be

evga sr2 $600
2xE5645 $1160
gtx580 $460
quattro 1000 $200
24gb 1600mhz ram $150
random 1tb drive $60
case - build out of cardboard the other stuff came in

aaand we get to $2630. ok so maybe you cant afford it but as far as 2p systems go its the most sensible one, assuming you are planning to OC (can push it to 4ghz = 66% faster!). if you dont wanna OC you can save around $300 on the motherboard... up to you.

oh and you can probably cut down the graphics card if you dont feel like you need it.

if you feel like spending even more on it you can swap the cpus out for 2x$1600 xtreme editions, those go up to around 4.5ghz... either way 2p overclockable lga 2011 platform probably wont be out for another year and half so 1366 is the only real choice right now.

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10/18/2011 12:49:25 PM (last edit: 10/18/2011 12:49:25 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
any decent 2cpu system will set you back around $4k or €3k
if that's too high stick with a faster 1cpu system

i like the case you suggested though

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10/18/2011 1:10:45 PM (last edit: 10/18/2011 1:10:45 PM)
show user profile  Andypandy7
Hi Reever

Mr Stabby: Thanks for the recommends! I think I'm gonna be a cheap ass and get a 1cpu system

Soontekk: Thanks! I'll go with the 1cpu :(


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10/18/2011 5:48:44 PM (last edit: 10/18/2011 5:48:44 PM)
show user profile  reeves1984
I have a mac pro dual quad xeon before they changed to i7's, it was good as now there isnt even a model at the price I bought mine at, maybe its super slow compared to i7's though. I'm looking forward to getting another machine in to compare really.

Simon Reeves - VFX Artist & Blog
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10/18/2011 5:59:10 PM (last edit: 10/18/2011 5:59:10 PM)
show user profile  gimpgutter

You can head over to and check out the refurbed Dell XPS8300 they have there for $600. I'd buy one, beef it up wit ha pro video card and more ram, then buy a second one for rendering.
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10/18/2011 8:43:46 PM (last edit: 10/18/2011 8:43:46 PM)
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