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Old 02-14-2009, 10:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Well, going by the graph, you could go for an i7 build and grab a cheap workstation card that still works well:

Newegg.com - ATI 100-505507 FireGL V3600 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Workstation Video Card - Workstation Graphics / Video Cards

It's got less than half the performance in Maya as the 7700, but it's also over 600 bucks cheaper. The performance is still adequate.

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Old 02-14-2009, 07:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by meat_helmet View Post
Do u mean CPU??

If so that is incorrect. Rendering in things like maya (by default uses the mental ray renderer) is CPU dependant.

Having a good graphics card will help you with the actual amount of on-screen polys and texture etc. Rendering 3D images is a whole different balll game and has to do with the CPU.

So, an i7 build will greatly help you. It will be much better to go with an i7 build with a weaker graphics card, than a core 2 quad build with a strong graphics card. The i7s multithreading also helps quite a bit in rendering.

I use 3d Studio max, Photoshop, Illustrator, some Maya and alot of CAD for my uni and work.

To break it down these are where things will help you:

Rendering (eg. rendering with GI etc.) = A strong CPU will help you.
On-screen display of complex 3D forms (eg. lots of polys) = A stong gaming GPU or workstation card.
Mulitasking and large format, mulit-layer images (eg. photoshop A0 images) = Lots of RAM will help.

I would say get an i7, with 6GBs of ram or more, then look at what kind of graphics card you can get. As for Nvidia vs ATI - its very difficult to find benchmarks for 3d programs on gaming cards - most will only deal with workstation cards. In the workstation world ATI has the upperhand at the moment, but that doesnt mean it translates to gaming cards.
Good to know. I am a big solidworks user. I dont use the other rendering programs.

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Old 02-15-2009, 07:58 AM   #13 (permalink)
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with 1,600 dollars US I have been able to afford new moni (21.5in 1080P HD) New case, i7 cpu, i7 board, TB HDD, DvD, 3GB Ram and a 4870 GPU..plus a 750w PSU.... so if you have a good-large sized case, with good air flow, a good PSU, and a Monitor already, you just chunked off about $530 US

And since its fantastic i7-ness it can be upgraded easily in the future (addmore ram, another GPU, etc) if I need it

and yes i7 is worth it.. consider this, by the time you NEED to upgrade from the i7 (low end, as you put it) the Quads will pretty much be Phased out completely, i7 is the future for Intel.

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