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September 18, 2011 11:40:23 PM

Hello,
September 2011 - I currently have a HP AMD 2.4 Dual 64 with 4M.
I want to start doing 3D rendering, and have purchased the Rhino 3D package software and a Cintiq 21UX Interactive Pen Display. Just with basic 3D sample drawings on the Rhino, my computer takes too long to compute,render.
What is the best system to get to support my new interest, and needs?
Go for Sandy Bridge current, or wait for E or Ivy Bridge with 2011 sockets? Seems like AMD is not best for my 3D interests.
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September 19, 2011 12:27:30 AM

For rendering you want threads, lots of them. That's why I recommend a core i7 2600 (k) cpu.
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September 19, 2011 2:59:34 AM

Save some cash and go i7 2500K, I believe it OC's better as well (less cache If my memory serves me right).
On Intel's Tick-Tock Release Scheme if you want to benefit you'll have to wait until the release after Sandy bridge-E to see an upgrade in micro architecture, the new chips still use the 2nd Generation Core architecture, the performance gain isn't noteworthy either.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/lga-2011-i...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i7-26...
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September 19, 2011 3:02:40 AM

Well for hard core rendering the Intel 9xx series w/ fast triple channel, low CAS memory and lots of it is still desired by the pros but as a hobbyist, I'd recommend the 2600k w/ HT and the following for a professional looking, quiet, well performing system:

Case - $ 175 - Antec P193 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 495 - Asus Sabertooth / CPU Combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - inc - Intel i7-2600k included in above
Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 95 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 95 Same
GFX - $ 230 - Asus 900MHz GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX Same If needed
HD - $ 140 - Seagate XT SATA III 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD - Later - Same
SSD - $ 220 - Vertex 3 2.5" 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Card Reader $ 40 AFT XM-35U http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 110 - Plextor 320SA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1910

Parts were selected primarily for speed as well as durability ..... You gave no indication of budget but HD's in RAID (and even SSD's) should be a consideration. I see your software is CUDA capable so you should unlock the GFX card using procedure here:

http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5....
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September 19, 2011 3:05:31 AM

c3h8 said:
Save some cash and go i7 2500K, I believe it OC's better as well (less cache If my memory serves me right).

That's the wrong recommendation for a rendering workstation. He needs hyperthreading, which the i5 doesn't have.
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September 19, 2011 4:41:37 AM

abekl said:
That's the wrong recommendation for a rendering workstation. He needs hyperthreading, which the i5 doesn't have.


Thanks abekl. I appreciate your willing to take the time to reply to another's suggestion. I will take heed to your comment. I agree also.
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September 19, 2011 4:43:47 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
Well for hard core rendering the Intel 9xx series w/ fast triple channel, low CAS memory and lots of it is still desired by the pros but as a hobbyist, I'd recommend the 2600k w/ HT and the following for a professional looking, quiet, well performing system:

Case - $ 175 - Antec P193 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 495 - Asus Sabertooth / CPU Combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - inc - Intel i7-2600k included in above
Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 95 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 95 Same
GFX - $ 230 - Asus 900MHz GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX Same If needed
HD - $ 140 - Seagate XT SATA III 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD - Later - Same
SSD - $ 220 - Vertex 3 2.5" 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Card Reader $ 40 AFT XM-35U http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 110 - Plextor 320SA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1910

Parts were selected primarily for speed as well as durability ..... You gave no indication of budget but HD's in RAID (and even SSD's) should be a consideration. I see your software is CUDA capable so you should unlock the GFX card using procedure here:

http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5....


I really appreciate yours and the others time to reply to my question. I have tried to search the internet and gather the stats and information on whats out there.
Also, thanks for the suggestion to unlcok the GFZ card and the procedure.
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September 19, 2011 4:44:08 AM

Wanna Be said:
Thanks abekl. I appreciate your willing to take the time to reply to another's suggestion. I will take heed to your comment. I agree also.

No problem. I don't usually correct others, but in this case it was clear that he wanted a 3D rendering workstation, and that just screams for an i7.
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September 26, 2011 3:57:53 PM

Best answer selected by Wanna Be.
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