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Shooting for $1,500 per machine, $2,000 would be ok (building 2). System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Game Development applications:
Visual C++ 2010 Express Country:
USA Parts Preferences:
High Quality, do not have to be "pretty."
Would like to be able to add a 2nd CPU to each machine in the future.
I lean towards Nvidia chipset cards just due to being more familiar with them.
Would rather go with air cooling at the moment. Overclocking:
Capable, but not going to at the moment SLI or Crossfire:
Capable, not going to at the moment Monitor Resolution:
at least 20" and 1920 by 1080, 24" would be amazing. Additional Comments:
Don't worry about keyboard and mouse, we've got those figured out (lol).
heres my take on the system. im not too familiar with the programs you are using. if you are thinking about using a quadro card from nvidia, i would just get the 580 that i included. if the programs do not require compute power or double percision compute, get yourself a gtx670
if you want faster boot times and load times, id suggest getting a crucial m4 128gb SSD and store your os and your programs on it.
I've been messing around with most of the programs on a computer with an i72670QM 2.2ghz, 12GB of RAM, and a geforce gtx 560M 3GB card and haven't had any issues whatsoever except intial loading of the Unity IDE can take a bit of time. I haven't really delved into rendering and major code compiling with these tools yet though.
Ok, I'll agree there, now to just find the perfect monitors for blender (similar to 3dsmax) and photoshop. I think i'll have to take my partner down to best buy so they can see how a 24" ultra high quality monitor would probably be more useful to them (the main graphics person) than a 27" medium quality monitor (more useful to me, the code guy).
You can get these monitors from this Korean company, its called the Yamakasi Catleap or something, they use the same LED panel as Apple does in their line of Cinema Displays, They run for about $350, I'd put in the extra $50 for the zero dead-pixel guarantee.
I'm very happy with the price/performance ratio I'll be getting here. (the 2tb was $20 more than the 1tb, so unless there's some major flaw with the 2tb, more is better when it comes to working with code/models/etc.).
I tried to pick the same Seagate you were using for the 1tb model.
it doesn't look like current versions do, and only one of them is working on integrating it (gimp) that I can tell. We had to switch engines to UDK, and the current version (3) does not seem to implement it, and all info about 4 is pretty much under massive wraps right now, so, I'm going to stick with the 670 card.