My work (a high school in Tasmania) is looking at purchasing a new computer for RENDERING lightwave projects that the Graphic Design students have made. I have been searching on the internet for information regarding rendering computers and have been able to come up with nothing of any help. Basically my problem is that we would like a really good rendering machine but I am unsure as to what parts of the computer I should “beef” up. If you could let me know which of the following would make the most difference it would be greatly appreciated…
PROCESSOR: Would it be better to use a Pentium 4 processor or an Athlon XP?
RAM (DDR): Should we use DDR333 (PC 2700) or DDR400 (PC 3200)?
HDD SPEED: Is a 7200RPM hdd fast enough or should we consider SCSI?
FSB SPEED: Is this that bigger issue when it comes to rendering?
GRAPHICS CARD: Would something like a S-Media ATI Radeon 7500 64MB DDR be good enough? Would a better graphics card make much of a difference anyway?
What are the best specifications of a Windows XP based computer that will be used for rendering?
Please let me know as we are really in need of a computer that will render faster… or current ones take upto 4 days for some projects.
Thanks very much for any help / support that you can give.