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Old 03 March 2011   #1
New machine for a confused mac & max user

Hi folks,
I have a dilemma. I am an experienced 3ds max user but also prefer macs (why isn't life straight forward?). I currently own a 2009 macbook pro and run my max on a Dell precision M90 doing a compositing work on the macbook pro. Recently I realised that my pc is no longer up to the job as I had a high poly/chrome render that it could not handle. Basically I need to buy a new machine and have a maximum budget of 1700 that will enable me to render hi poly work quickly. I realise that the question of 'what machine do I need' gets asked a million times but any guidance you can give would be really helpful. I have a big architectural render coming up soon and would like the new machine in place for that.

Many thanks for your help in advance my friends.

Old 03 March 2011   #2
Are you looking to buy something and just plug it in, or are you looking for a parts list for a system you can build? Do you have anything already (monitor, keyboard and mouse, Windows license, etc.)?
Old 03 March 2011   #3
hi Olson and thanks for the response.
Ideally I'm looking to buy something and just plug it in as I'm not that experienced at putting a pc together plus you get the warranty etc. I know I should build it myself but I'm not that confident with building pc's.

Having said that I am open to all suggestions, so if you can think of a good set up for a 3d machine then please let me know.

Old 03 March 2011   #4
There was a review on a workstation build by scan uk on March issue of 3d world.
It was based on i7 2600K which they overclock to 4.5ghz, 8gb DDR3 1600 ram, quadro 2000, 120gb ocz vertex 2e ssd for system, 1t western digital for storage, usual DVD writer & memory card reader. Win7 pro 64 for os. 2 year warranty (1st year on site & 2nd for return to base). Priced for 1,333 & vat, so roughly 1,600 inc vat?

I don't know how much you can save by getting exact parts & build by yourself, but I don't want to risk them catching fire or know anything about overclocking. For that, I thought it is pretty reasonable. May be you can contact them ask if they can put similar system without ssd or quadro to save bit of money. I am not sure how much you gain having those. Someone else might be able to answer that?

By the way, I don't work for them. I am also thinking about getting new machine for about same money. Just want to take this chance to see what others think as well.
Old 03 March 2011   #5
wow, that looks like a great system...I'll take a look.
Many thanks for that Umiumi!
Old 03 March 2011   #6
actually, I've just realised I have that copy of 3d world in my bag so have just read the review. It seems an impressive machine indeed. Ok i'll look for a nice monitor to go along with that (as i'm upgrading from a laptop).

Old 03 March 2011   #7
Other place you might want to contact is bluegfx. I don't know anything about scan's or bluegfx's pre-sales or after sales services, but as blue is focusing on graphic industry (scan is more of reseller, I think), they may be able to offer you bit more in depth support. I am sure with that review, they can at least much the price.

Anyways, good luck shopping!
Old 03 March 2011   #8
thanks mate for your suggestions, really helpful!

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