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Hey there I work for a university as a 3d modeler/animator and have to go through their computer providers when purchasing a new machine. I mainly use Blender and Cycles and have been quoted this for a new machine and was wondering what your thoughts were...

dell precision t5610
- Intel E5-2609 2.5Ghz
- 16GB RAM
- 500GB 10K RPM SATA HDD
- std support, keyboard and mouse
- no graphics card if possible if not entry level card

and from dell spare parts and another supplier one of these cards...

- GeForce GTX Titan
- GeForce GTX 780 Ti
- GeForce GTX 780
- GeForce GTX 770
- GeForce GTX 760

Thanks in advance.
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here is a thread that might help . . .

http://www.overclock.net/t/1428178/new-3d-modelling-workstation
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R9 290.with luxrender+blender

Where are you from?
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Thanks for that rdr09,

Sorry for the delay but here's the specs I got back (where we would be replacing the Quadro card with a Titan Black)...

Dual Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2650 v2 (Eight Core HT, 2.6GHz Turbo, 20 MB)
Windows® 7 Professional 64 bit (English)
Dell Precision T5610 825W TPM Chassis
32GB (8x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC RDIMM
1 GB NVIDIA Quadro K600 (1DP & 1DVI-I) (1DP-DVI & 1DVI-VGA adapter)
2x 500GB 3.5inch Serial ATA (7.200 Rpm) Hard Drive

But it seems getting a mac pro will be cheaper by about $1000, and am I reading this post correctly that a Titan Black can be used in a Mac Pro?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1708688

If so here's the specs I got for a Mac Pro too (where we would be replacing the AMD card with a Titan Black)...

3.7GHz quad-core with 10MB of L3 cache
32GB (4x8GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
256GB PCIe-based flash storage
Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
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Sorry PontiacGTX I'm not following you, care to explain?
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Sorry PontiacGTX I'm not following you, care to explain?
If you use the addon for blender called luxrender can help you to get much better performance at a lower price

Also there is the possibility to use amd and opencl applications also why dont go with the x79 and core i7-core processor which should have better performance when oced or wait for haswell-e chips(which would make older ones a bit cheaper)

Or build your pc yourself
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Thanks for that rdr09,

Sorry for the delay but here's the specs I got back (where we would be replacing the Quadro card with a Titan Black)...

Dual Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2650 v2 (Eight Core HT, 2.6GHz Turbo, 20 MB)
Windows® 7 Professional 64 bit (English)
Dell Precision T5610 825W TPM Chassis
32GB (8x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC RDIMM
1 GB NVIDIA Quadro K600 (1DP & 1DVI-I) (1DP-DVI & 1DVI-VGA adapter)
2x 500GB 3.5inch Serial ATA (7.200 Rpm) Hard Drive

But it seems getting a mac pro will be cheaper by about $1000, and am I reading this post correctly that a Titan Black can be used in a Mac Pro?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1708688

If so here's the specs I got for a Mac Pro too (where we would be replacing the AMD card with a Titan Black)...

3.7GHz quad-core with 10MB of L3 cache
32GB (4x8GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
256GB PCIe-based flash storage
Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each

Are you asking which workstation is better?

From those specs, the Dell is a proper dual-processor workstation. The Mac Pro uses what is essentially a consumer grade CPU with 1/4 the power, and the D300 is basically a 7870 with different drivers. With those specs, the dell is certainly worth the extra $1000.

As far as I know, you can't replace the GPU in the trash can style Mac Pro, but you could in the older ones.


Also, your suppliers won't let you assemble your own machine, correct? Sometimes pre-built workstations are pretty good for the money, but they can be grossly overpriced as well.
Edited by brucethemoose - 3/26/14 at 5:05pm
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post #9 of 15
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Thanks guys,

yeah I've used Luxrender before PontiacGTX and found it complex to setup and then get the render you want, I've found Cycles a lot more intuitive, but that was a few years ago so maybe Lux has changed. I'll give it another go.

And yeah brucethemoose I wasn't originally looking at a Mac Pro but then saw that link and was wondering if it was possible. So if I got the Mac Pro with 8 cores that wouldn't make up for it?
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Thanks guys,

yeah I've used Luxrender before PontiacGTX and found it complex to setup and then get the render you want, I've found Cycles a lot more intuitive, but that was a few years ago so maybe Lux has changed. I'll give it another go.

And yeah brucethemoose I wasn't originally looking at a Mac Pro but then saw that link and was wondering if it was possible. So if I got the Mac Pro with 8 cores that wouldn't make up for it?

No, but the 12-core version of the Mac Pro should be close, if your suppliers even carry it. Sadly, the new trash-can Mac Pro is limited to 1 processor and custom Apple GPUs frown.gif


Honestly I don't know how CPU dependant Cycles is with typical workloads/complexity, so it may not matter.
Edited by brucethemoose - 3/26/14 at 5:17pm
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