Buy or Make for Architecture Student
Hi All - I am new to this forum, so if I commit any faux-pas let me know kindly!
I'm heading back to grad school in a couple of weeks and still haven't done anything about a new computer. Here's what I'm looking for, and would really appreciate any comments:
Desktop PC $2000-2500 (including cost of 2 monitors)
Mainly for graphics-oriented and 3D work.
Software I use include Rhinoceros (with Grasshopper/Flamingo), Microstation/Autocad, ArcGIS, Adobe CS3/4/5.
My 3D models are generally pretty intense/intricate, and I tend to work in Illustrator much more than Photoshop.
My school has a pretty good deal on a Dell Precision T3500 Workstation - $1650 for a model that includes:
Windows 7 Professional 32-bit with Media
Intel Six Core Xeon W3680 (3.33GHz 12M cache)
256MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295 (1 DP & 1 DP to DVI)
4GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS
(2) 320GB 7200rpm 3.5" Hard Drives
16X DVD+/-RW with Roxio & Cyberlink PowerDVD
3-yr warranty + keyboard/mouse
about $700 of upgrades will get me (2) 19" monitors, 512MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 420, 6GB memory...
Is that a good deal? Does anyone recommend building instead? It would be my first build, but I'm a pretty competent person!