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This is what I would get (current prices):

Total: $2,807.75

The Q6600 will drop in price for sure, and I expect the 8800GTS to be a bit cheaper also by the end of July. Also, you probably can get an OS through your university for either cheap (student licence) or free (MSNDAA).

A MAC pro with similar specs will cost nearly $5000....

USe the MACs at school if you need them.
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart;
This is what I would get (current prices):

Total: $2,807.75

The Q6600 will drop in price for sure, and I expect the 8800GTS to be a bit cheaper also by the end of July. Also, you probably can get an OS through your university for either cheap (student licence) or free (MSNDAA).

A MAC pro with similar specs will cost nearly $5000....

USe the MACs at school if you need them.
Thank you.

By the way. This Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler $64.99 is INSANE. It's looks like a freakin carburator! LOL.
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LOL Spend 3k on a nice mac or 2k on a pc w/ same hardware and upgradable for the future. LOL. PC FTW
    
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Originally Posted by Akhen;
While a lot of people are suggesting a macbook or mac for your needs I personally also as an animation major don't recommend it unless you want to spend all or most of your budget.

While macs seem to work well for what your going to be doing but PC's are just as capable if not more.
On another note software is also going to cost you more on a mac and not all the programs you are going to need are mac released.

I also feel a lot of people are spewing crap out of their mouth so I will give you my two cents from experience.
1. All the computer animation work I have done was on a PC.
2. The only time I used a mac was to learn photoshop and design principals, but nothing was mac specific.
3. 3DsMax is only PC compatible at the moment, although Autodesk might release a mac version in the future.

In the end its not like you wont be using both, but price, software and performance wise it seems right to go PC.
That said you school will have pcs and macs so you will learn both so when it comes to a job it wont be a problem.
Thanks for your advice. Very much appreciated.

I don't feel Audi was slinging BS. Just opening my eyes on Macs and possibly needing one.
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S'alllll I'm doing. Though, I should've suggested checking with your school to see which they would recommend for course studies before recommending Apple hardware.

I'll actually be happier for you if you spend less on a PC. xD I know I did.
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Originally Posted by Audi;
Just thinking here, as well: which of those skills you planning to go head on?

If you worked for a large company, chances are you would actually be using a PC if it's 3D work. I know a few Special Effects houses here in LA that use PC's. I also know a guy that works for Spielberg's choice FX house and his renderfarm is comprised of Macs.

It's really tough, and silly. You'll go to a job interview and they'll as you "Mac or PC", because, these guys that are doing the hiring sometimes have NO idea and only know MAC. It's like "Oh he's the real deal if he's using Apple products."

It happened to me when I came in for this job. Luckily I had someone that knew more than just branding as my supervisor.

So, what are you planning to do specifically, if I've missed it.
I haven't really decided. I'm leaning towards animation. It's why I'm wanting to learn as much of everything I can. Get a feel for things and make a decision.
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I haven't really decided. I'm leaning towards animation. It's why I'm wanting to learn as much of everything I can. Get a feel for things and make a decision.
Wooo that's a tough one. I'm only venturing into these fields to have something to fall back on outside of Filmmaking/Writing.

What courses are you taking for 3d/2d Animation?

Cinema4D is on it's way up, I was always told to skip 'em all and learn Maya if I were to going to make a REAL living out of 3D animation and modelling. It can be taxing just grinding through C4D to figure out stuff.
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Wooo that's a tough one. I'm only venturing into these fields to have something to fall back on outside of Filmmaking/Writing.

What courses are you taking for 3d/2d Animation?

Cinema4D is on it's way up, I was always told to skip 'em all and learn Maya if I were to going to make a REAL living out of 3D animation and modelling. It can be taxing just grinding through C4D to figure out stuff.
While me and Audi usually bump heads, it's good to find out me and him agree on a few things.

I'm also studying film production and media writing. I want to write movies and produce them.

The thing is, Audi's right, in the production environment, it really is a toss up between Mac and PC. On Macs, when budget is limitless, software is more expensive but yes, more fluid on a Mac, and even though he probably knew it wasn't the best idea, he had to tell you all the options.

It wouldn't be fair if we sat around and threw PC builds at you, and then in the future, you find out Macs are more competent in production, and come back and yell at us. We're just giving you all the cards in your hand before you bet on the flop, if you know what I mean.

On PC, the pro is obviously - Cheaper software, better compatibility with non production software, easier to trouble shoot with a community, much more power for the dollar.

On Mac, the pros are a little more fine and few between - Better production quality, professional tech support, better animation /3d production performance (But at the cost of having to buy an expensive configuration) and better resale value. (Some people forget that, PC's depreciate a little faster than Macs. Macs still depreciate, but not as fast because of aesthetics and appreciation)

All in all, with a 4k budget wanting to save some on the side, I recommend you wait until the end of July and go with Chozart's build.

A quad core gives you the future-proofing benefit of having 4 cores and at the same cost as a competitive processor now, and the rest of the components he selected are rather future proof.

I still recommend you avoid Seagate and stick with Western Digital for your hard drives. I was RMA'ing a 7200.10 Barracuda a few days ago, and the technician lead I spoke to on the phone told me, and I quote- "Seagate drives are a little less tolerant to 24 hour usage than some other drives. They're more meant to sustain regular usage at a faster speed."
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