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So my girlfriend is an architect and does a lot of rendering with Autodesk products like Revit, CAD, 3dsMax. The problem is she tries to render on her Macbook Pro 2010 with it's measly Intel Core 2 and even tries to render on my Asus G60VX's Intel Core 2. She can complete the renders but it takes such a long time.

I render a lot of projects for her using my 1090T, but it's a hassle when renders don't come out the way she wants them to and changes need to be made. That's where I got the idea of building her a little rendering rig that could at least do better than her laptop!

My plan was to build something with an i3 2100 using an mATX form factor to reduce the space it took up in her studio.

I'm setting the budget around $500 for everything but a hard drive, monitor, keyboard, disc drive...

I'm basically looking for suggestions on specific parts because I've never worked with this form factor so I don't know what my options are, and I don't know what sort of boards would work out nicely with this i3. If overclocking is an option (which I hope it can be) I'd like to spend a bit more for that availability. I'm looking for bang for the buck in terms of rendering power.

In terms of discrete graphics, I'm not specific, but I don't want her to deal with integrated thumb.gif

Thanks all!
post #2 of 67
For fendering i would say you should up your budget to allow for one or two nice graphics cards. An Asus z68 maximus iv gene-z/gen3 mobo. Thats for starters:)
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Originally Posted by stubass View Post

For fendering i would say you should up your budget to allow for one or two nice graphics cards. An Asus z68 maximus iv gene-z/gen3 mobo. Thats for starters:)

The budget is low because we are students, and this isn't a professional firm or anything. It's mostly to ease the load on her laptop and give her something to render on a bit faster.
post #4 of 67
Ebay is your best bet for parts

Possibly look for an i5 process due to the 4 cores or at least a 2 core with hyper threading to help with the rendering. Any old matx motherboard should be fine as you wont need to OC with an i5 processor.

As for graphics maybe a gtx 460, or gtx 550. Not sure what card ATI wise but you could get a used 460 for a good price on ebay which would be more then ideal for her rendering.

Hope this help thumb.gif
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The budget is low because we are students, and this isn't a professional firm or anything. It's mostly to ease the load on her laptop and give her something to render on a bit faster.

If this is true give me PM i know all about budget and need. the stuff my and friend i have done that bat nutz insane and actually worked, the stories i could tell.
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I understand. smile.gif well the with i3 she will notice the difference. Asrock z68 extreme3 gen3 if you can fit it in your budget. But probably something like a H61 mobo you can pick up d decent Asus for $60 -$80 and maybe look on the OCN market place for a nice graphics card smile.gif
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post #7 of 67
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I've been reading into Revit that consumer discrete cards help out a lot in terms of moving around the models themselves, but not for rendering. A discrete card is a must I'd say with a decent chunk of VRAM to compensate. Rendering right now I noticed my 6950s hittin' higher temps.. means they are being used a bit with the usage hittin' 5% in AfterBurner.

RAM and threads would be a huge help.

If I can somehow manage my get he build into deeper money, I'll throw in an SSD for her pleasure wink.gif
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Won't be M-ATX, but what about old server equipment? Dirt cheap on ebay. You can pick up 2 Opteron 285s for £20 from ebay, they are £500 each brand new. The expensive parts of these old servers are the RAM and Mobos.
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Do you have any spare parts that can be used in the build? Hard Drive? Case? Power Supply? Keyboard? Mouse? Monitor? Operating System?
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Do you have any spare parts that can be used in the build? Hard Drive? Case? Power Supply? Keyboard? Mouse? Monitor? Operating System?

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