Need a new school Computer

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware & Builds' started by Saiyan, Feb 16, 2009 with 11 replies and 252 views.

  1. Saiyan

    Saiyan 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?
     
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    Saiyan

    Saiyan Member

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    no monitor, need keyboard + mouse.
     
  4. Mobius1

    Mobius1 Enthusiast

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    cpu:Newegg.com - AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
    ram:Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
    motherboard: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
    hard drive:Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
    case/psu Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
    graphics card: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100255HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
    disk drive:Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

    $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 Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor - Processors - Desktops

    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:Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Processors - Desktops
    ram:Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory x2 8gigs
    case/psu:Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
    graphics card: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
    motherboard: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
    disk drive:Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
    hard drive:Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

    $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 Getting There

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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 Getting There

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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: Workstation VGA, Workstation Video Cards, Worstation Graphics, NVIDIA Quadro Cards, AMD / ATi FireGL Cards

    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:

    Tech ARP - NVIDIA GeForce To Quadro Soft-Mod Guide Rev. 4.0
     
  10. Mobius1

    Mobius1 Enthusiast

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

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