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  1. Hello everyone! Like many on this site, I have been tasked with building a new PC for rendering with a $5,000 budget for my Architectural Firm. It would be used primarily for still renderings using 3DS Max, Rhino, Photoshop etc. They are strongly leaning towards purchasing a tower from Dell because that is what our firm has bought since their beginning and they like the support, but I think I would be able to make the case for another company if anyone had other suggestions, but not for a custom build. That all being said, I have pieced together what I believe would be a powerful machine while staying under $5,000. What I put together (See attachment for exact build): -Dual Intel Xeon Processor E5-2630 v3 (8C, 2.4GHz, Turbo, HT, 20M, 85W) -NVIDIA Quadro M4000 8GB -32GB (4x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 RDIMM ECC -256GB SSD Boot drive for windows and frequently used programs -1TB HDD for file storage (we have servers so the size is not a large factor) If anyone has any words of wisdom or suggestions before I pull the trigger, I would really appreciate them! Dell Precision 7910 Build.pdf
  2. I had my computers stolen last weekend during a home robbery which pushed my timetable for replacing 4year tech to NOW. I was just resigning myself to buying a boxx workstation ($6k+) or a precision T7610 ($7k+) with a dual Xeon e52680v2-similar to what I have at work, after my computers were stolen during a home-robbery this weekend. I was researching any posts on Boxx's renderpro and came across dtolios' site regarding a home renderbox, and after an evening of reading through the threads, have come up with this setup. Im an architecture professor and freelance in design so I do heavy rhino/grasshopper, 3ds max with MR and Maxwell, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, occasionally AE & Premiere (for video) and some sound design with Reason. I would love your feedback on getting this setup: it's obviously less than an amazing Boxx setup, but at 1/4 the price, I could build an armada of render-nodes to handle renders. Workstation Processor Intel i7-4790K Quad Core 4.0GHz overclocked to 4.5 Motherboard Asus Z97-A Cooling Stock GPU Asus STRIX GTX970 4GB Memory Kingston HyperX Fury 1866 4×8 – 32GB System Drive Samsung 850EVO Pro-Series 512GB Storage Drive WD Black 1 TB 7200rpm SATA Case Fractal Design Define R5 Power Supply Cooler Master V550 80+ Gold Operating System Windows 7 pro 64 2 of these render-nodes Processor intel Xeon E3-1245V3 – 3.4GHz. Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Cooling Stock GPU Onboard Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB Kit (8GBx4) DDR3 1600 (PC3-12800) System Drive Samsung 850EVO -Series 250GB Case Rosewill Slim MicroATX Case with ATX12V Flex 300W PSU Power Supply Cooler Master V550 80+ Gold Operating System Windows 7 pro 64 If I understand Dimitrios' reasoning (max and rhino being primarily single-threaded for modeling), am I losing that much power (at under $3k total) for a freelance workstation + render (while i continue working) vs going with the vendor? I've built every one of my desktops since 2001.
  3. Hello, I am getting back into architectural visualization and need a new computer for 3DS Max, VRay, Photoshop, Sketchup and Autocad. I am wondering if the Dell Precision Tower 7810 Workstation would be suitable. Rendering high quality images with ease and speed is my biggest need. The computer I'm looking at offers: -Intel Xeon Processor E5-2620 v3 (6C, 2.4 GHz, Turbo, HT, 15M, 85W) -Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (includes Windows 8.1 Pro Licence) -16GB DDR at 2133 MHz -1TB 3.5" Serial-ATA (7200 RPM) Hard Drive -NVIDIA Quadro K4200 4GB (2 DP, DL-DVI-I) (1 DP to SL-DVI adapter) Would this be a good setup for what I need to do? Ordering a computer from Dell seems like a simple solution as I am still learning about the latest technology. Thank you for any advice you have. Jill
  4. I'm in need of a laptop which can run autocad, revit, sketch up, photoshop, 3d max and other archi programs. I saw dell m4700 and all the reviews I saw says it's good but the core i7 8gb is expensive, I saw it here http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/precision-m4700/pd can somebody explain the difference among the 3? Can you recommend other laptop with good specs? Important things I consider: 1.) not more than a $1000 2.) it can run all the said archi programs and will not hang 3.) battery life 4.) good graphics since I will do rendering 5.) enough storage because maybe I'll use outside hard drive to store my files 6.) 15" or larger That's all. Thank you in advance:))
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