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This a good graphics/3d workstation config?

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June 15, 2012 10:09:47 AM

I do a lot of After Effects animation/compositing, and am learning Cinema 4D (3d app). Potentially video editing down the road, but not right now. No gaming. I saw a number of people suggesting the i7-3930k, so I thought I'd go for that, but could only find it on an Alienware machine (from a brand/builder i'd heard of). I'm not too excited about the Megatron chassis look, but whatev.

Alienware Aurora Desktop (Dell)

Motherboard - (no idea/they don't say)
CPU - Intel® Core™ i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB Cache, Overclocked up to 4.1Ghz)
RAM - 32GB Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
Graphics - 1.25GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 Ti
Hard drive - 1TB Serial ATA 3 Hard Drive
Networking - 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR USB Combo Adapter
Optical drive - 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW)
1 Year Basic Service Plan
seperate purchases:
Solid State Drive - OCZ 120GB Vertex 3 SATA 6GB/S - $115
Monitor - Dell UltraSharp U2312HM - 23" - $225

TOTAL: $3,073

I could spend perhaps $500 or even $1k more if the performance payoff was to die for. I'm not doing a *ton* of work right now, but I'm trying to learn 3d, and that's a lot of turning of knobs and trial and error, and I'm tired of waiting 2 minutes for 1 frame to render.

I might buy this from Dell, but if everyone tells me i'm getting ripped off, I might risk it and pay a friend of a friend who apparently does custom builds.

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June 15, 2012 10:37:20 AM


they exist for a reason
June 15, 2012 11:05:37 PM

what graphics card would you suggest?