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  09 September 2013
New Job! Need to give workstation suggestions.

I am a 3D/Motion Designer and just landed an awesome job as a 3D rendering specialist. To start out it will be alot of still image product and architectural display renderings. In the future maybe a little animation and motion work. I need to give suggestions for workstation. They are already buying me 3ds max, adobe creative suite, and a few plugins are in the maybe category. For my freelance/contract work I have been using a self built computer that has these specs:

Win 7 Pro
Intel i5-2500k @ 3.3GHZ
24GB ram
Nvidia GTX770

1 250GB STD (programs)
1 120GB STD (games)
1 2TB Harddrive
1 800 GB Harddrive

I am a little stumped on what to suggest since I made my computer as a work/gaming pc?

I don't think they are wanting to build it from scratch like I did. What is the best options to give that could be comparable? I think the cheaper the better. At another company they did buy me a really powerful xseries Asus laptop so I was thinking of suggesting that and a few options for a desktop. Not looking to spend 2500 on a high end workstation. Would Asus be the best brand to go with? I think something close to 1500 would be better. I'm assuming I can get really close to what I have in my home computer for 1500. Thank you for any replies.
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  09 September 2013
I would suggest to them that they buy me the parts and let me assemble the PC myself. I would tell them that this way the studio will get more performance for less money. And then I would go ahead and give them a list that goes something like this:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Db8s (includes monitor)

As for laptops, I don't think that's a good idea. What's the point of having a laptop in the office? For the same amount of money shelled out on a laptop you can get a much more powerful desktop. On top of that a desktop can always be easily upgraded in the future. But possibly the biggest argument against laptops in a professional environment is that if the thing breaks, you're without a workstation and you don't want that to happen before a deadline. If some part of a desktop breaks it's a simple matter of replacing the part and getting back to work.
 
  09 September 2013
Personally I'd go for the new 4930K for any serious rendering machine. And like stated above I don't see any points getting a laptop. If you're gonna pay more, might as well pay for better CPU instead of mobility.
 
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