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January 3, 2013 2:15:28 PM

Hi everyone,

I need some help picking a new computer. I will be using it for 3D modelling, motion graphics and animation.

I don't know much about computers but I picked two that I thought are good.

https://www.arbico.co.uk/product.php?pid=100333
This computer has a primary and secondary hard drive, is there a reason for this? I heard somewhere something about running the operating system off of a solid state hard drive...
It also comes with a TFT screen, is it a good screen? And do I need to buy a cable to connect it? If so, which one?


I found another computer by mesh that I thought looked good

http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTC...

This one doesn't come with a screen but I have an option to add a HD LCD screen. Would that be any good? Would I also need to get a cable for that?

I don't really understand the PSU - CPU Coolers - CPU Overclocking part of the customization.

Would I need a CPU cooler? If so, what one?
Should I get an overclocked CPU?


I hope you understand my questions and this isn't too much to ask for.

I don't really know too much about computers so I want to get a pre built one. My budget is £1300 with two screens.

Thanks in advance



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January 4, 2013 12:04:39 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Buwish
January 4, 2013 9:21:02 PM

for this kind of work you are looking for a top of the line cpu (the i7 you selected is good) , as much ram as you can depending on how demanding the applications you are working with (a little more than 8 gb to be safe). and for the graphics i would say the card you selected is more of a gaming card depending again on the amount of work you plan to be doing with this pc you might wanna be looking at workstation graphics cards as they are better and faster than gaming cards on CAD and stuff like that. i think you should be looking more at workstations than gaming laptops. they are more expensive but that what is going to give you the most performance in this kind of work you plan to be doing.
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January 5, 2013 10:29:31 AM

xsamdagreatx said:
for this kind of work you are looking for a top of the line cpu (the i7 you selected is good) , as much ram as you can depending on how demanding the applications you are working with (a little more than 8 gb to be safe). and for the graphics i would say the card you selected is more of a gaming card depending again on the amount of work you plan to be doing with this pc you might wanna be looking at workstation graphics cards as they are better and faster than gaming cards on CAD and stuff like that. i think you should be looking more at workstations than gaming laptops. they are more expensive but that what is going to give you the most performance in this kind of work you plan to be doing.



Cheers for the reply, is the GeFore GTX660 any better?

I found a site called PC Specialist which look good. People have told me to get a SSD and run the operating system and applications off of that.

If I get a 120gb SSD as a primary HD and then a 1TB HD as secondary would I be able to use the SSD to install windows and my applications?
January 5, 2013 3:36:21 PM

again the GTX660 is a gaming GPU. depending on how much you want to spend on a GPU i would go with the amd HD 7870 better performance and not as power hungry as the nvidia competitor. The GTX 660 TI is best but that again depends on how much money you are willing to spend on a GPU. for the SSD 120 GB should be enough to run your windows(takes about 30gb at most) and some applications and you can use the 1TB HDD to store your work.
January 7, 2013 7:54:42 PM

Thanks for the reply

Apparently I need to get Nvidia to take advantage of After Effects' new 3D ray traced feature.

What do you think of getting 2x 2gb GeForce GTX 660 graphic cards?
Also, would that work? Getting two graphic cards? Would the computer be able to use both, if you know what I mean?


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