Another Newbie Looking To Build His First Machine.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:43 PM
I’ve been reading some of the other post and I see a lot of great advice being handed out. So, I am posting to get some advice as well. I am looking to put together a new computer to further my education (and entertainment). I am a little more than rusty on my computer hardware knowledge so I am asking for some suggestions on what I should get.
Here are some things you need to know to help.
-What I will use it for:
School- I am currently working on a certificate on 3D modeling and Animation. We use 3D’s Max, Mudbox, and Photoshop. Max and Mudbox can slowdown the computer a lot especially with complicated scenes and geometry heavy objects. Lit and textured scenes can also take its’ toll.
Gaming- Can’t learn how to create great video game environments and characters without playing them, right? As for this, I don’t need the best. I want to be able to play todays and tomorrows games but they don’t have to look their intended best. Of course this probably means I will have to update sooner than most.
-Budget – As for this, I am a college student so I don’t have much and I don’t even know what range I should look into. With that said, I am ready for the long haul. However long it takes to save up enough money, I’ll do it. I just need to know where to start.
Also, assuming great advice is on its way, where will I be able to obtain the parts I need.
And lastly: Thank you, in advance.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:59 PM
Second, I would suggest waiting a tad (not much longer at this stage) for Ivy Bridge CPU's from Intel. They are the next big thing if you will, and will be launching shortly. Once out, they will provide all the CPU power you could need for a few years at least. Then, when they launch, grab up a 4 core model with or without hyperthreading. I don't see any real benefit to HT, but others claim they do. Also grab up between 8 and 16GB of ram. Ram is cheap, get some high performance ram over cheap stuff though.
Third, let us know what country you will be ordering from, and we will list off a few sites worth ordering from.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:21 PM
Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:15 PM
I'll have to look into the Ivy Bridge CPU's. Thanks for that.
One last thing: Any particular 4 core models I could look into.
From the Sandy Bridge lineup - an i5 2500k, or the 2600k from the i7's. They are nearly identical except that the i7 has hyperthreading.
From Ivy Bridge, it is too soon to tell.
For ordering, my prefrences are as follows - in order of preference:
2. Frys.com (or local)
3. TigerDirect.com / Compusa.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:32 PM
Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:46 PM
Learn how to navigate the site. I went right in and went directly to this: http://www.newegg.co...2&name=Netbooks
This post has been edited by coastie65: 27 February 2012 - 05:48 PM
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:32 PM