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July 5, 2012 6:36:52 PM

Hello,
I am a college student attending a program for Video Game Art and Animation. The program involves a fair bit of 3D modelling(mainly using autodesk software,maya specifically) and I'd like to purchase a prebuilt computer that will be able to handle most things I'll be working on(I'm not technically inclined enough myself to feel good about building my own). I have been looking at various options, but am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the different possibilities available. I am looking for any suggestions for brands/models that I could look at(right now I am leaning towards Alienware), and which specifications would be the most important(I'm assuming RAM, processor and graphics card).
Any insight on this would be appreciated:) 

Katherine

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July 5, 2012 8:32:54 PM

I think an Alienware computer is mainly a gaming computer and while 3D modeling could be considered as sort of the same thing I really think you shoud have a proffesional grapfics card , either an AMD firepro or a Nvidia Quaddro.

HP Z600 FM023UT#ABA Workstation XEON E5620(2.40GHz) 12GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
$2749.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PNY VCQ4000-PB Quadro 4000 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Workstation Video Card
$749.99 and a $50 rebate mkes the final price $699.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Black 7ms IPS-Panel Height, Swivel Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 370 cd/m2 DC 100,000:1 (1000:1)
$1199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This would ba an outstanding 3D modeling computer and would be something that would last you for quite some time without needing to be upgraded. The cost of this Pc is $4649.97 and it has 12gb of ram along with 2 Xeon cpu's and the only thing is that ou have to put in the video card yourself because it didn't come with one and the monitor is a 30" which would be very nice for 3D modeling.
Now if this one is too expensive for you then give a budget amount for me to work with and we'll go from there and also if you need everything or if you have some parts already , like he Monitor, keyboard , mouse , OS.
July 12, 2012 1:22:53 AM

Thanks for the response:)  $5000 is a bit out of my price range lol....I'm looking at about $2800 for a budget, including taxes/shipping. I do not need a monitor/keyboard/mouse at all....if it helps any, the program I mostly will be using is Maya. I do also game a lot,so I am hoping to get a computer that can do well with the modelling and gaming..is this a possibility?
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July 12, 2012 3:50:12 AM

If you want to go with an Alienware computer and do the system builder that the site has to put the Pc together by you picking out the parts then you should get certian parts that would be useful for your gaming and 3D modeling.
An i7 Intel cpu.
16gb of ram or more if needed.
A 3gb video card.
A motherboard that will support 32gb or 64gb of ram.
A 750w psu.
A 27" monitor
July 12, 2012 4:13:50 AM

Alienware Aurora R4 Alienware Aurora Desktop AMR4H [225-2262]

Operating System Windows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English W7P61E [331-4881][331-4885][420-9691][421-4652][421-5748]

Processors 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3930K (12M Cache, Overclocked up to 3.9 GHz) MI73930 [317-8667]

Memory 16GB Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz 16G164D [317-8672]
Keyboard No Keyboard NKYBD [330-6518]

Monitor No Monitor N [320-7810]

Video Card 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 GTX680 [320-3714]

Hard Drive 2TB Serial ATA 3 Hard Drive 2TBSR4 [340-9649]

Chassis Color Alienware Aurora M875 [318-1428]

Mouse No Mouse NM [330-6517]

AlienFX AlienFX Color, Astral Aqua AXCAQUA [313-8752]

Adobe Reader Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader AAREAD [410-0547]

CD ROM/DVD ROM Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability 24XDVD [318-1455]

Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio INT [313-9776]
Avatar Alienhead 3D AVTR3D [421-1424]

Hardware Support Services 1 year advanced service plan

I went to the Alienware site and tried the system builder to custom build a computer on the site and the price came to $2768.00
NowI realize that you don't want to build it yourself but this build can be done cheaper by doing just that because your paying the Alienware Company to build this for you. I didn't select a monitor because you can get that yourself and save some money by doing that and there's no reason to buy it from them. I don't know what the power supply is because they didn't list it but I'm sure it will support the build. This would be a very powerful computer capable of high performance gaming and 3D modeling. I believe the Pc is upgradable to 64gb of ram.
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