i'm looking at maybe buying a desktop so that i may be able to actually use lightwave for its intended purpose. it's hard to model everything with simple primitives! i have a few questions:
processors: athlon 64 vs. p4 with hyperthreading. what's the difference between these? are they similar at all?
memory: is 2 gigs ddr overkill? or would i actually use that much?
companies: what companies should i steer clear of? i've never heard of anyone producing real 3d on an HP or a compaq, but then again, i've had some crap luck with dell and gateway both. or is there a good place to build one from the ground up?
is there anything else i should really care about? i figure 128 megs ddr video ram if i can find it.