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blueoctober415
09-16-2006, 01:15 AM
Hi all, I was wondering if I could get some opinions on what would be the best 3D workstation to get. Mac Or PC does not matter, all suggestions are welcome. Also if you could give a break down in hard ware and price, that would be awesome, thanks.

pixym
09-16-2006, 06:39 AM
I have a brand new dell precision 490 dual woodcrest 5160 (3ghz) with 4GB ram and Quadro FX 3500 graphic card. Very good workstation.
If you go to www.vertexmonkey.com there is my benches on modo 202... at the first places (right now)

Bog
09-16-2006, 09:12 AM
I dropped £700 for a dual core 3.4GHz Pentium D 945 in the high street.
2GB RAM
512MB GeForce 7500 PCI-e
300Gb disks
S-Video and Component I/O
All the trimmings

It's a Hewlet-Packard, and it goes like a smegging freight-train. Fast as you like, no stutters or stalls - I guess it's Equivalent Dollar in the US. Hardware seems to be.

lilrayray77
09-16-2006, 09:59 AM
bog, you got that for £700? I have a dell with dual 2.8ghz PD, 1gb ram (which I upgraded), 80gb hard drive, and an ATI x600 for $1500! Now i feel like an idiot.

arsad
09-16-2006, 11:11 AM
700 pounds are 1,314.32 USD

blueoctober415
09-16-2006, 11:54 AM
thanks alot guy's, this is helpfull. ;)

any one on a mac? and what about Boxx vs. other PC's

lilrayray77
09-16-2006, 12:27 PM
700 pounds are 1,314.32 USD
exactly, better setup for $200 less

kilvano
09-18-2006, 05:26 AM
Ill say what im saying to everyone right now. If you can hold off 2 - 3 months then the quad core Intels will be out and they will be great value for money.

Its a preference nowadays. If you are gonna spend a few grand on a PC, its gonna be able to handle your 3d requirements for the next couple of years

habañero
09-18-2006, 10:06 AM
I would get the mac pro if it was inside the budget, only don't buy ram, harddisks etc from Apple. It'll upgrade to quad core when they arrive, so you can get eight cores in them ... I just bought an macbook pro and having no particular interest in it beforehand, OS X is now my main OS and XP a necessary evil. I am honest, it really is way way better and I can do most things way faster. And about every single thing works, and it works perfectly with my phone (contacts, calendar and files), something for which it didn't need any setup, driver disk or anything really. And you can script about anything, easily and powerfully.