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I Want to Build 3D Modelling/Rendering Machine for $600 - $800

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February 12, 2011 11:43:28 PM

Hello Internet,

I want to build a 3D Modelling/Rendering machine for my own personal use, but which I could also use for freelance work. I work as an Architect at present, and do a bunch of modelling in Rhino 3D, but would like to expand my capabilities in the Rendering department. Some of the software I use is Rhino 3D, Vray for Rhino, Grasshopper 3D, Maya, and Cinema 4D. I would like to use this machine for sometime and not have to be upgrading too soon to make it compatible with any updates that software providers may be coming out with in the near future. That said, it is important that it is quiet, fast, pretty powerful and within a half-decent budget.

I have allocated somewhere between $600 - $800 for the build, but would consider bumping up a bit if it meant a much better result. So here goes:

Approximate Purchase Date: March or April 2011 - was told that in April there are new product releases (?).

Budget Range: $600 - $800 before rebates (will consider going a little higher should it make sense.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Modelling/Rendering, Graphic Design, Gaming, Browsing

Parts Not Required: Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: canadacomputers.com, local places if possible, newegg.com or .ca

Country of Origin: Toronto, Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel option, AMD option, ASUS, not sure about the rest, I will trust opinions/preferences posted here.

Overclocking: Doubt it!

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know what this is?

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1050

Additional Comments: I think I have found a case that I like; Antec 300 Gaming Case ATX 3/0 - not sure if this is an appropriate case for what I want to do, or if the airflow is good etc. I appreciate the help and thanks.

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February 13, 2011 7:16:11 AM

Early April is when the Sandy Bridge mobo's are released. Your budget would work out with one of those builds, and they are definitely worth waiting for imo. BTW that good choice on the Antec 300 :) 
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February 13, 2011 2:21:12 PM

Why_Me said:
Early April is when the Sandy Bridge mobo's are released. Your budget would work out with one of those builds, and they are definitely worth waiting for imo. BTW that good choice on the Antec 300 :) 


Thanks Why_Me. So essentially wait till April, but what processor would be most suitable for me; i5, i6, i7?

Unrelated to your post, but someone mentioned the getting an older graphics card or 8800 GTX and modding it to suit. How is this done and is it worthwhile for me? Can you still find this card?

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February 13, 2011 2:55:34 PM

p5connex said:
Thanks Why_Me. So essentially wait till April, but what processor would be most suitable for me; i5, i6, i7?

Unrelated to your post, but someone mentioned the getting an older graphics card or 8800 GTX and modding it to suit. How is this done and is it worthwhile for me? Can you still find this card?

Thanks

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Cougar-Point-Sandy-Bri... <---Sandy Bridge boards are due out this week. :) 

There was a way to mod the 8800 GT...they had a few threads on it. As far as I know though, unless you can pick up a used one...I haven't seen those cards for sale in ages.

A NVIDIA gtx 460 or even a gts 450 should do fine with it's PhysX

http://developer.nvidia.com/object/physx_dcc_plugins.ht... <--- Take a look at this link please

http://developer.nvidia.com/object/physx_downloads.html

http://www.nvidia.com/object/physx_faq.html



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February 16, 2011 5:09:53 PM

I checked out the links regarding the Sandy Bridge updates - seems like I will have to wait a bit then. I don't think I would mod the 8800 GTX (sp?) but, I think it might be a good idea to look for a workstation card - what do you think?

I have been informed that they have come down dramatically in price, but it may still be out of my price range.

If anyone has any advice on what best to buy in the way of components I would appreciate the comments.

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February 20, 2011 3:05:41 AM

jalexbrown said:
I think that consumer cards probably offer better bang for your buck even in workstation applications. That said, the FireGL V5800 1GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) looks to offer some pretty solid workstation performance for its price - a "mere" $379.


That card looks like it would do pretty much exactly what I need - I am not looking to make this my professional workstation to make money from, but I would like to be able to work on the machine without any real shortage of power, potential and capability etc.

Thanks for the link JB...

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March 2, 2011 1:26:52 AM

Any help out there?
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March 9, 2011 3:46:16 PM

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