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01-28-2010, 05:49 PM

Im working as a 3D artist (Atuodesk Maya, Vray for Maya) and Id like to buy a high-perfomance workstation. I put 2 systems on the shortlist. I dont have enough experiences on this area, so is there anybody who could give me a hint, great thx!

The first system HP Z800:
HP z800 Dual Quadcore 2x2.66Ghz / 16GB / Quadro FX3800 graphics card 1024MB GDDR3-RAM
- 2 x Intel X5550 2.66Ghz /1333Mhz QuadCore CPU,
- 16 GB DDR3 RAM
- nVidia FX3800 graphics card 1024MB GDDR3-RAM
- 500 GB System HD, Keyboard, Mouse, +/- DVD R/W
- 23 TFT Samsung
- Win 7 Pro 64 & XP Pro 64bit,
- HP 3 years NBD HW Support
(Price ca. 4200)

The second system:
Intel Xeon Processor E5540 (2530 MHz, 1MB/8MB L2/L3 Cache, 64Bit, QuadCore, HT, TB)
- 16 GB DDR3-RAM (4x Kingston DIMM 4 GB PC3-8500 ECC Reg.)
- Asus ENGTX295/2DI 1792 MB GDDR3-RAM
- 1x 750 GB Western Digital Caviar Raid-Edition (16 MB Cache/7200 UPM/S-ATA II)
- 1x 150 GB Western Digital VelociRaptor (16 MB Cache/10.000 UPM/S-ATA-II)
- Tyan S7010AGM2NRF
- DVD-Brenner 20fach DVD
- Tyan System Management Card
- Lian Li Big-Tower (black)
- Mouse, Keyboard
- 23" TFT Samsung
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
- 36 month guarantee (Bring-In)
(Price ca. 3500)

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It would be great, if you could help me anyway.

01-28-2010, 11:35 PM
Both hardware specs look fine and will work for Maya and V-Ray.
There will be allmost none noticeble performance improvements between the mentioned Quadro and GTX cards in 3D applications. The HP Z800 sounds technically a little bit better to me, even it has just a 500GB HDD. The Z800 offers higher cpu and memory clock, also its possible to use tripple-channel memory configuration as well with Xeon X5550 processors. Unfortunatelly the Z800 has a non-standard Mainboard installed, the case and PSU is non-standard neighter.

01-29-2010, 12:40 PM
I have another hint for you.

A friend of mine is working at a company called NBWN who sells good priced Xeon 5500 series workstations at ebay. They will make you also a good price for memory upgrades. Also all systems have a 2 years (Vor-Ort-Service) Next-Business-Day warranty included.


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