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Low Cost PC System for Graphic Designer/Modeller

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October 22, 2010 1:21:04 AM

Hi,

I have just graduated from university and am setting up my own business in digital media/online advertising/web design etc.

What I need is a computer now fast enough to do the work I need to do.

I will be using software such as Autodesk 3DS Max 2010, Poser, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Iclone, Dreamweaver CS5 amongst others.

The problem at the moment that I have is that I tend to multitask A LOT. I mean, having photoshop open while 3ds is open and then I have other software in the background open and other things and it runs quite slowly. Also I need to push my rendering times up as some scenes atmo take too long and poser just hogs along like a gnome.

The other problem is I am stuck to a relatively small budget. The company is specialising in one market sector to begin with so I can start off slowly. I'll also be using mainly for developing my portfolio, so I need not worry about having a slower system than say the big companies with 24gb ram etc.

I'd say my budget is max of £500 (as I am in the UK atmo).

I don't think I'd be able to afford an i7 (best for rendering) with all the other components but this is the setup I was looking at so far.

CPU - I can't decide which one would be better. The x6 or the x4? They only have a relatively small price difference too.
AMD Black Edition - AMD Phenom II X6 3.2 GHz Processor
AMD Black Edition - AMD Phenom II X4 3.4 GHz Processor

Graphics - This was just a guess tbh, I've never had an AMD before and it was said a Radeon card is best. This card was priced well, is 1gb and seemed to be ok.
XFX Radeon HD 5770 Graphics adapter - 1 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM

Memory - I don't know if the 8gb of 1333mhz will be better than the 6gb of 2000mhz? Would anyone be able to clarify this? I was hoping for 8gb but at the moment my budget can't go higher I dont think for 2000mhz 8gb (not that I know the difference). It also coincides which cpu i get. If i get the x4 with 8gb that is 2gb per core, where as if i get the x6 its either 1gb per core with the 6gb or 1.33333 per core with the 8gb (is that worth it?). So bit of a problem here also in working out which setup would be better overall. More memory per core? Or more cores?

Mushkin 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-10666 9-9-9-24 Silverline - 996770 1333mhz
Mushkin 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-16000 9-10-9-24 Blackline - 998696 2000mhz

I havn't decided on anything else yet due to these being the main things. I'd need to look at motherboards but until I decide what cpu to get and memory I am getting I can't.

The other thing was the 8gb was 2x 4gb and the 6gb was 3x2gb. Which means if i get the 8gb it means I can fit two more 8gb if I ever needed to in the future, where as the 6 I wouldn't be able to expand it as much. But then again...what would the mhz difference be if I had 12gb of 1333 to 8gb of 2000.

I was also considering updating some of my software to 64bit rather than 32bit.

I already have the monitors and a 320gb harddrive (though will upgrade this to an internal 1tb or atleast 500gb) and a 1tb external usb drive for other things.

I'd need to look at cooling options as I have no idea how that would work and whether fans would suffice?

My current setup is an intel core duo 2.4ghz, 2gb ram (Which is too slow at rendering and makes things jerky at high levels).

I explained a lot here but I am generally confused. I've had experience with different computers and so on, but when building it yourself to save money its difficult with all the different components and so on.

Thanks.

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