View Full Version : New machine for 3D, Particles

03-05-2007, 05:10 AM
I am looking to build a new PC but it has been about 2.5 years since I have done so and as you guys know things have changed a lot.

I am planning to use this PC exclusively for 3D and some Mathematics. The primary applications I will be running are: 3DS Max 9, Maya 8.5, Zbrush 3 (currently have ver 2), BodyPaint 3D and Mathematica. With 3DS Max 9 I will be using VRay, Thinking Particles, and Afterburn in addition to PFlow.

Below is what I am currently considering:

MB: ASUS P5N-E LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i Intel Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHZ
Memory: Corsair Dominator 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Video Card: PNY GeForce 8800GTX w/ 768 MB?
HD: WD Raptor 150 GB Serial ATA150
CD/DVD: LITEON Black 20x E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner with LightScribe
Case: Antec Performance One P180B Black
PS: SeaSonic M12 SS-700HM ATX12V / EPS12V 700W
OS: Windows XP Pro 64-bit

So now some questions I was having strugling with while putting this together:

* Did I pick the right chipset or should I go with either the 965 or 975X? I choose ASUS as the brand just because of good experiences in the distant past and some reviews.

* What size PS do I really need?

* Should I consider a Quadro card? Or should I stick with a 7900 type card? I have read some issues that drivers are not quite stable with 3D apps and the 8800 cards.

* Any issues with the RAM I choose? I really had not clue other than to make sure it was on the CVL for the motherboard.

* Should I be considering a Quad processor? Primary reason I have not included it was I think the only benefit I get is for rendering. Particle systems currently I don't think are multi-threaded but I could be wrong.

Any other recommendations or things I should think about?


03-06-2007, 07:52 AM
First off read here on the video card tip-


You may want to consider a quad core due to the apps you are using being multi-threaded.

Ram looks good.

A PS at 700w is ample for this system. You might even be able to get away with 550-600w here.

03-07-2007, 01:20 PM
It all looks fine, but the PSU could be lowered.. 500 to 600 of the same unit would be plenty still...

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