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I'd personally go gtx 680 4 gig version. that is if i where in your postion
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Nah, the 480 you have is perfectly good enough.
Drop your clocks, add memory, you'd want 16GB to make it work well. If you do go for an upgrade, you're the kind of person that can actually use socket 2011 for what it's good at, instead of most people here who have one who probably wouldn't notice if you swapped it for a 2600k...

Edit: If you do a LOT of renders, then buy a cheap hard drive, and put your swap file, render and temp files on it (with copies of the original file elsewhere), as constant rendering kills hard drives. Most commercial render farms bin their drives after every project.

Edit 2: If you don't believe the first edit, I got that from a friend of mine who spent several years working in MoCap for the TV and movie industry.
Edited by allikat - 4/19/12 at 6:00am
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i don't think school work will demand as much as actual work in the field. prolly a fraction of it. but a 2600K platform paired with your 480s should be a major upgrade imo. but if you have the funds for x79 - go for it.thumb.gif
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Nah, the 480 you have is perfectly good enough.
Drop your clocks, add memory, you'd want 16GB to make it work well. If you do go for an upgrade, you're the kind of person that can actually use socket 2011 for what it's good at, instead of most people here who have one who probably wouldn't notice if you swapped it for a 2600k...
Edit: If you do a LOT of renders, then buy a cheap hard drive, and put your swap file, render and temp files on it (with copies of the original file elsewhere), as constant rendering kills hard drives. Most commercial render farms bin their drives after every project.
Edit 2: If you don't believe the first edit, I got that from a friend of mine who spent several years working in MoCap for the TV and movie industry.

To tell the truth, I haven't even moved to the college yet I am getting geared up for it. In reality it probably won't be for another 1~2 years before I do any heavy rendering but I wanted to make sure I have a rig that can do well under those loads. As per the HDD suggestion How big would gather the drives need to be or would a larger SSD be worth while in this area?

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I forgot to ask why ti would be pertinent to lower my clocks, I was under the impression that a higher clock will help render the scenes faster. Then again I suppose any overclocking could lower the stability of the system. thinking.gif
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To tell the truth, I haven't even moved to the college yet I am getting geared up for it. In reality it probably won't be for another 1~2 years before I do any heavy rendering but I wanted to make sure I have a rig that can do well under those loads. As per the HDD suggestion How big would gather the drives need to be or would a larger SSD be worth while in this area?
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I forgot to ask why ti would be pertinent to lower my clocks, I was under the impression that a higher clock will help render the scenes faster. Then again I suppose any overclocking could lower the stability of the system. thinking.gif

i use cinebench to check. i don't know of any other. at 4GHz, i get 7. at 4.4, i get 7.76. no real-world experience here coz i only use this for photoshop.
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To tell the truth, I haven't even moved to the college yet I am getting geared up for it. In reality it probably won't be for another 1~2 years before I do any heavy rendering but I wanted to make sure I have a rig that can do well under those loads. As per the HDD suggestion How big would gather the drives need to be or would a larger SSD be worth while in this area?
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I forgot to ask why ti would be pertinent to lower my clocks, I was under the impression that a higher clock will help render the scenes faster. Then again I suppose any overclocking could lower the stability of the system. thinking.gif

You may (or may not) need to lower clocks to ensure stability when you add memory, as the memory controller is linked to the core clock, and extra sticks means increased work load for the memory controller. You may find it just needs a dash of extra cpu-nb voltage instead. I sold off my AMD rig without trying 4 sticks on a Thuban core, I only ran a Deneb chip, and those definitely suffered with 4 sticks, but Thuban has a better memory controller, so YMMV.

Don't use an SSD for the scratch drive, it'd die far too quickly, and cost too much (currently). And it doesn't need to be big, a 50-100-200GB drive is plenty, just use whatever you can get at a low cost.
The typical render farm machine is specced as follows:
Top end CPU, top end GPU, as much memory as you can fit, and a tiny hard drive that they expect to drop in recycling at the end of the project.

You, on the other hand, can probably expect the scratch drive to last a year or two as your rig won't be rendering 24/7 at full speed.
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i use cinebench to check. i don't know of any other. at 4GHz, i get 7. at 4.4, i get 7.76. no real-world experience here coz i only use this for photoshop.

I have used this overclock 24/7 for the past three months and have run so many stability tests and they come up just fine, however I still get the occasional BSOD once a month so far. so Just to be on the safe side when I get to the point when I start Rendering larger scenes I'll drop my clock to be safe.
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I have used this overclock 24/7 for the past three months and have run so many stability tests and they come up just fine, however I still get the occasional BSOD once a month so far. so Just to be on the safe side when I get to the point when I start Rendering larger scenes I'll drop my clock to be safe.

definitely need a stable system even if it is just for schoolwork. even prime cannot assure that. just make sure you do backups and save your work constantly.

edit: allikat made a good point - ssd. and if you have usb 3.0 for external backup to a drive that would benefit you, too.
Edited by rdr09 - 4/19/12 at 6:26am
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I would change the CPU (and mobo consequently) for a Xeon x5650, and if possible a dual socket system for overkill pwnage
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I was looking at my options today when I remembered Zambezi, would it be a viable option to get an x8 Zambezi and have better performance with Rendering because of the extra cores? However I thought that Zambezi was actually several fused cores and in reality it's actually quad?
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