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Throbstone
05-15-2006, 12:58 AM
Looks like I need to dumb down our nodes, can't use a mix of AMDs and pentiums due to rendering conficts (in LIghtwave) and as our existing nodes are all pentiums I have to stick with that, at least while we are still using lightwave (we may go to XSI).

Any suggestions for a good Mobo/processor/ram etc combo?

Thanks for your time.

maX_Andrews
05-15-2006, 02:23 AM
does it matter if they are just pentiums or can they be dual core?
The shuttle pc is cost effective, and the mac mini rules in terms of power/form factor, and uses the core duo chip.

http://sys.us.shuttle.com/P3100.aspx
http://www.apple.com/macmini

you can probably built a fullsize system for cheaper than both, but it depends on whether space and heat and noise are issues.

tecton3d
05-15-2006, 03:28 AM
I just newegg'd a system for under $350 shipped...

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/TemporaryWishList.asp?SltWishListNumber=-1&WishListTitle=

... as you'd expect the components are pretty bottom-end and an investment in a better mobo, ram, and cooling could net a great overclock.

cheers!

Throbstone
05-18-2006, 01:05 AM
I guess the system need to be reliable, I don't want dodgy parts.

I'm really looking for the best 'bang for my buck', if dual processor is the way to go, then so be it.

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