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08-15-2008, 07:07 PM
I've been doing some research in the UK market to buy a new workstation.
Most of the specialists I've been asking are CAD2 and X-Works?
Anyone in here recommends more places?
08-15-2008, 07:55 PM
Try Lantech Systems, we had them ship a batch to our Asia office. Quite helpful too.
08-15-2008, 09:43 PM
Armari (http://www.armari.co.uk/) are worth a look, as they often do well in 3D World magazine's workstation reviews.
Otherwise aside from the main OEMs (Dell, HP, Apple etc.) Scan (http://www.Scan.co.uk) do a range of workstations targeted at various uses.
The two (gaming based) systems I have bought from them were very well built and have been reliable.
You could also try one of Boxx's resellers.
08-15-2008, 10:50 PM
Even though they got given a new orrifice on dragons den ;-)
08-16-2008, 04:39 PM
From personal experience I wouldn't recommend X-Works, I bought a BOXX from Escape studios as it was cheaper, better spec'd, better built and had better warranty than any of the UK builders. I also got the impression that many of the workstation builders are people that assemble components in a server case and call them a workstation, there's no differentiation between a workstation for SolidWorks, ProTools or Maya...it's just a name that they use to sell to "professionals" and charge an extortionate amount for the priveledge.
As an example, the afore-mentioned X-Works sales guy was desperately trying to sell me various options including a "cool looking case", "Soundblaster soundcard", "Latest GeForce graphics", "great performance"...not once did he discuss compatability with 3d/VFX applications or their experience with dealing with the industry...and this was after he cold-called me and mocked me for buying a BOXX!
I'm not saying that all non-Boxx workstations are rubbish but beware of paying workstation prices for a standard PC with a workstation badge ( http://very-pc.co.uk/?section=designed-for ) ;)...those render nodes are a joke, they've just bought them from http://www.rackservers.com/ and doubled the price!
08-18-2008, 04:47 PM
FuruJi - Thanks for the link! They have very good standarts and prices. :D
andytw - I allready had seen the Armari site (sorry for not saying :D). The one that I think I'm going to choose is Scan. Brilliant company and excellent prices. I made a better machine that I wanted for much less than the others. Thank you for the link ! :buttrock:
imashination - I allready had seen the site, but I think the prices are a little exagerated. Thanks anyway :D!
biliousfrog - Thanks for the recommendation! I understand what you are saying. I worked on a PC store :P. There aren't so many persons that understand how to sell what people really desire. They just want to sell.
I would like to have a Boxx one day, but it's still to soon and expensive. But I will keep that in mind :)!
BTW, here's a spec that I did in scan. If you guys give tell me your thaughts I would apreciate :D!
Case - Akasa Mirage 62 Black (New Version) V4 Hi-Engineered Ali Case.
MOBO - Abit IP-35 Pro, iP35 Express, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX.
PSU - 520W Corsair HX Series Modular PSU, ATX, EPS12V, whisper quiet, 5 year warranty
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, Yorkfield Core, S775, 2.83 GHz, 1333MHz, 12MB L2 Cache.
Memory - 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 PC2-8500 (1066), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15, EPP, DHX.
Graphics Card - 512MB PNY Quadro® FX3700 PCI-E 2.0(x16) 256Bit GDDR3, SLi 2xDual Link DVI-I/Stereo Graphics port.
Roms - 2 x 750 GB Samsung HD753LJ Spinpoint F1, SATA 300, 7200 rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ (I would change the first for less memory and more speed). RAID 0 Configuration.
DVD Writer - Samsung SH-S223Q/RSMN 22xDVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6, x14 RAM, SATA L/Scribe 3 Bez Retail+Nero.
Cooler - Zalman CNPS9700-LED Super Aero Flower Cooler (775/AM2/754/939/940).
TFT Monitor - 22" Samsung SM-226BW V2 Black Widescreen LCD 1680x1050 3000:1 300 cd m2 2 ms.
OS - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1* 64Bit 1Pk OEM (DVD).
This is for £1890.
Once again, thank you very much guys!
08-18-2008, 04:47 PM
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