I had my workstation built about 4 years ago now for £1000 but as I do a lot of intensive modelling/rendering (2D and possibly animation) I am thinking it is about time to upgrade some specs, I am thinking without spending a fortune its probably going to be the GPU, RAM and I would also like some advice on whether it is worth/safe to overclock my existing system??
What I am in essence trying to improve is rendering speed and being able to render and multi-task on the likes of Photoshop etc.
Here are the details:
Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime this is solved within the next 3 months.
Budget Range: £500 (but obviously it is all about value for money.)
System Usage: 3D Modelling/Rendering (No gaming whatsoever really)
So here is what I already have:
- Case: Black Trident case + 2 front USB
- Processor (CPU): Intel® Core™2 Quad Q8200 (4 X 2.33GHz) 1333MHz FSB/4MB Cache
- Motherboard: ASUS® P5Q WS: DDR2, SATAII, PCI-e x16, 1 PCI, 2 x PCI-e x1
- Memory (RAM): 4GB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz (2x2GB)
- Graphics Card: 512MB QUADRO FX1700 PCI Express + 2 x DVI + HD-OUT
- 2nd Graphics Card: NONE
- 1st Hard Disk: HITACHI 1TB 32mb SATA 7200rpm HDD
- 2nd Hard Disk: MAXTOR 320GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
- Power Supply: 450W Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan
- Processor Cooling: 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER
- OS: Windows 7 64bit
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any really, as long as suitable for UK.
Overclocking: Would like to yes if this is worth doing/ not going to kill my hardware.
SLI or Crossfire: Not entirely sure what this means tbh sorry, from what I can gather this would be using two GPU's?? Does this mean I can run my original quadro & another as well??
Monitor Resolution: 2 X 1920x1080
- Reducing power consumption is bonus but not critical at all.
- Any general advice on what might be best to upgrade would be really helpful.
- Am I right in thinking my maximum RAM is 2GB per slot totaling 8GB?
- Again, advice on overclocking would be appreciated.
- Advice on whether to stick to QUADRO for my 3D work, or whether now times have changed is it worth me switching to a gaming card for better value?? I do run a lot of AUTODESK software, I think they prefer nvidia??
- I presume there is no point in upgrading the motherboard or CPU as this would be too costly??
thats what i would recommend for now on your budget, gaming cards preform worse at professional things, for now i would just keep your current card, and SLI/crossfire is running 2 cards together for a preformance gain, it dosent look like its SLI compatible your card
I see the new MB has total of 32GB available, you have said by 2X 4GB ram, could i also put my other 4GB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz (2x2GB) in as well, and would there be any benefit to buying 2 lots of the pack you said, totaling 16GB??
I've heard the term "bottlenecking" being thrown around, either the CPU or GPU. With the new CPU totaling 15.2ghz, will that be "bottlenecked" when it comes to rendering because of my comparably old FX 1700?
if you visit autodesks site they have a list of certified GPUs for thier software both Nvidia brand and ATI. I know I have some engineers here that tried running gaming cards and were not pleased with the results and we have since installed ati firepro V4800 cards that have been running about 165$. If you are keeping up-to-date on your modeling and rendering software I would recommend updating your card as some of the newer version of the programs can be very intensive on your GPU.
Firepro is ATIs modeling and rendering brand and Quadro is Nvidia's. I have very limited experience with The quadros so I am hesitant to say they are what you want but I know that Autodesk has a list certifying both types of cards. http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syscert?siteID=123...
Here is a list that they have on thier site. If it does not come up just google autodesk certified video card and there will be a link to Autodesks site. just select your program or suite and what version of windows you are on. It will list both AMD/ATI and Nvidia cards.