View Full Version : A PC for a Mac user

05-20-2004, 12:21 PM
Ok i want to build a PC for school, i study 3d at the Academy of Art. I have a Dual 2 g5 that i use for everything including LightWave and Maya Complete. But i will soon have classes that require Maya Unlimited and Houdini. I was planning on building one, i really like the opterons, but i really know nothing beyond what my geeky gamer friends tell me. Can anyone give me a few pointers on how to get the most bang for my buck? I do plan on building it, and the only thing i really know how to do on a PC is, log in to it, use various apps, and install and uninstall apps, thats it. I feel confident that i van build one, i just know nothing about the OS.

05-20-2004, 02:08 PM
I built a PC recently for school myself (just moved up XSI 4.0 as a student.) I looked at an Opteron, but settled for an Athlon 64. Unless you are going to build a dual machine, the Athlon might be a better deal. Opterons are more expensive, and benchmarks showed that the Opteron isn't all that much faster than the Athlon 64, and in some cases was slower.

I added a GeForce 5700/256 and a Sony flatpanel display...so far the setup works great. It's not quite as nice as my G5, but pretty close.

05-20-2004, 03:38 PM
If you don't care to mess around too much try this...


Learn how to search thier data base and you'll be able to find something for cheap that you can slap more RAM and a better video card in for cheap. They come with a year warrenty etc...