View Full Version : XSI Workstation Specs.

09 September 2006, 07:13 AM
Trying to add a new workstation to the mix, what do you think of these specifications...

Dual core 3.4 Ghtz pentium 4 processor
2 gigs RAM (DDR2)
Nvidia Geforce (something with 256 MB)

I left other 'not so important' details like hard drive... etc.

Ok I know this is not the greatest but do you think I can get away with this? I have seen a lot of juicy specs on AMD systems but I am a bit skeptical since I have never used AMD machine before.

09 September 2006, 07:35 AM
Choosing an XSI-workstation is fairly easy.. just buy the biggest box that fits in your budget and give it an Nvidia card. Done.


09 September 2006, 08:41 AM
That's slightly higher spec than the machines we used to use at college, they ran fine.

09 September 2006, 10:16 AM
May I suggest to switch the processor from the P4 to an E6400-6600 ? It will run cooler, less noise and power consuption and if you later will switch to xp64, you'll be all set.


09 September 2006, 10:24 AM
Sorry, double post!


09 September 2006, 10:50 AM
might i sugest u put in 4 gigs of ram, seen as how everything is going 64, u might want to take advantage of it!!

last week i got a dual duo xeon 2ghz here at work, man this box is flying!! pitty management wouldn't spend the extra $$ on more ram, so i'm only sitting at 2gigs


09 September 2006, 11:13 AM
I was skeptical about AMD also, at the last studio I was working we only had Intel procs but i decided to go with AMD for my personal workstation and I got 2xAmd opteron dual core 64 biti and Tyan KWE8 motherboard and it runs really stable and really fast, no complains about. I have only 1 gb of ram that is very very little but I hope that in the short future to get 4 or 6 gb so that i can take advantage of the 64 biti.

09 September 2006, 03:34 AM
I have a
Dell Precision Workstration 470
Dual 3.2GHz XEON HT EM64T 2MB
4GB Ram
Quadro 3400 PCIx 256MB
Running XSI x64

Very Fast Very Stable

09 September 2006, 05:07 AM
CORE 2 DUO, don't use those tired old P4's...

10 October 2006, 08:49 AM
Contact them directly. At AGC they were running a Dell with Daul Xeon's, Quadro, etc. The rep was talking to me all about it and told me to go the Woodcrest route if I was going 2xProc. AMD's are less power hungry though and 4 gigs will be a lot better. Good luck. But hey will you let us know what way you end up going?

10 October 2006, 02:02 PM
go with a core 2 duo. buying a decent machine today means upgrading your cpu to core 2 quad in future.

if you want to buy a xeon system go with the macpro. here you get the most for your money (strange, isn't it?) and you get also a really good built quality and well... the possibility to use mac osx if needed (final cut, the now really cheap shake and what is to come in future).

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