Need a new school Computer

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware & Builds' started by Saiyan, Feb 16, 2009 with 11 replies and 235 views.

  1. Saiyan

    Saiyan Senior Member

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    Ok many of you may know I am going to school for game design with a heavy influence on programming, and I need a new computer. Now the school provides badass dell workstation laptops that can easily handle all the programs we could throw at it. But I need a desktop that I can come home to and use it to easily edit on. I need to run programs such as 3DS max, Maya, blender, mudbox and many more. I won't be doing any gaming on it. My budget is somewhere around $1000, and I will probably be buying parts at a time.


    TL;DR Need a NON-Gaming computer that can run 3DS Max, CAD, Maya, Blender, Mudbox, Unreal 3 (yes we get a license for U3 for the school) and Torque, Budget is around $1000.
     
  2. Madman340

    Madman340 Seasoned Member

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    Is it just a computer, or also a monitor, keyboard mouse, etc?
     
  3. OP
    Saiyan

    Saiyan Senior Member

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    no monitor, need keyboard + mouse.
     
  4. Mobius1

    Mobius1 Enthusiast

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    cpu:[Click here to view the link]
    ram:[Click here to view the link]
    motherboard: [Click here to view the link]
    hard drive:[Click here to view the link]
    case/psu [Click here to view the link]
    graphics card: [Click here to view the link]
    disk drive:[Click here to view the link]

    $603.91 sub total doesn't include shipping a good few of the items have free shipping and theres 35 dollars in mail in rebate

    you could downgrade to this cpu if u wanted [Click here to view the link]

    However having vista i would stick with the quad

    $10.22 to have it shipped to my place

    so u would have rougly 380 dollars more to spend on it if u so choose to

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    here is alot more powerful setup

    cpu:[Click here to view the link]
    ram:[Click here to view the link] x2 8gigs
    case/psu:[Click here to view the link]
    graphics card: [Click here to view the link]
    motherboard: [Click here to view the link]
    disk drive:[Click here to view the link]
    hard drive:[Click here to view the link]

    $972.91 before shipping

    The 940 is an incredible cpu it craps all over the core 2 quad series.

    Both have a copy of vista 64 bit home prem included in the sub totals.
     
  5. Bac0n

    Bac0n Seasoned Member

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    Actually, it is only about 8% faster than a 2 year old core 2 quad. 8% faster is not crapping all over them.

    And the phenom 9600 has the TLB bug which gives a performance hit of about 20%.

    Either get a Phenom II or a Core i7. The first generation phenoms suck and the core 2 quads are starting to show their age.
     
  6. Mobius1

    Mobius1 Enthusiast

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    a win is a win
     
  7. Bac0n

    Bac0n Seasoned Member

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    Yea?

    They brand new chips that just came out are barley beating the quad cores that have been out for over a year?

    I actually call that a loss. When your 1 year+ behind the competition in performance and efficiency.
     
  8. ToaD

    ToaD Enthusiast

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    You could point at a tomato, and call it a tomato, but some how Mobius1 will find a way to call it a potato. Or relate the "potato" back to how great Gigabyte or AMD are.
    Just ignore him.
     
  9. Jay

    Jay Retired Retired

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    Saiyan you said you're going to be doing a lot of programming right? Then you're not going to need something that can handle a viewport with millions of poly's (I still would since it sounds like your going to be getting a taste of everything and not just programming). You just need a really good CPU and a lot of RAM.

    Get an i7 and atleast 4GB of DDR3 or DDR2 with one of these: [Click here to view the link]

    I can't stress the video card enough. They're a lot different than your average gaming card. They're made specifically for graphically intense apps (like 3ds max) and can usually still handle things like crysis and ut3.

    If you're still keen on getting a gaming video card I bookmarked a link a long time ago that may be of some interest to you:

    [Click here to view the link]
     
  10. Mobius1

    Mobius1 Enthusiast

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    barely beating what benchmarks are you looking at no srs plz link
     
  11. Madman340

    Madman340 Seasoned Member

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  12. Mobius1

    Mobius1 Enthusiast

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    we r talking 940 vs core 2 quad