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post #1 of 12
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I am in Canada, and am looking for a Workstation for under $900.

I primarily use the computer for all types of Video Editing/3d modeling/Graphics design & Audio Production.

I already have:


1 tb hard sata drive
2 monitors (a crt and a wacom cintiq)
Samsung Dvd Burner
Keyboard/Mouse


**** I would be eternally grateful for your help, as I rely so much on computers for my creations. I thank anyone in advance for any help they can suggest.

Or if there is another forum area this should be posted in please let me know that also
post #2 of 12
Hm... which programs do you use?
post #3 of 12
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too many to list but the basics would be maya, mudbox, vegas video, pretty much everything in the adobe collection, multiple audio apps/large vstis.
post #4 of 12
Ok, then you need a quad core.

I would recommend the following:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16819115207


Good CPU, especially if you overclock it a bit

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813131299

Good solid board

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820161277

fast memory for performance and OC

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817371007

solid PSU

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814187036

Good enough for most stuff as a GPU. However, if you want to do some more hard core video work then a 4830 might be better, or perhaps a workstation card. I will let you decide that for yourself.

If you want to OC the processor then this CPU cooler will give you a decent OC, and will be quite and lower profile too.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16835186134

The case doesn't matter much, but get something with good airflow. The antec 300 is good, and cheap too. I hope that helps.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much for your response.

Everything looked good although I am a little skeptical about the graphics card for 3d modeling. Are you sure this one would be adequate? I thought 3d modeling needed a good graphics card, which I would think to cost more.

The maya forum suggested PNY VCQFX370-PCIE-PB Quadro FX370 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814133209

OR would this be better? arhh so confusing

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...AFC-C8Junction
EVGA 512-P3-N884-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ Superclocked Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Superclocked Edition Core Clock at 756MHz

Any thoughts on that?

And for a case I was thinking XCLIO Windtunnel 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16811103011

and sound card HT OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16829271001

These were barely within pricerange, so if anyone can see why i am making a mistake pls help. I just hope everything will work together.
Edited by baconwere - 2/18/09 at 3:51am
post #6 of 12
A quadro is much better for 3d work, my aplogogies. If I were you, I would keep an eye out in the for sale thread section this forum:

http://www.overclock.net/sale/

AN 8800gt can be bios flashed to a much more expensive quadro FX card. I am sure you can do the same for a 9600gt, which is more or less equal to the 8800gt, if you do the research.

If you do a lot of DVD converting then ATI released a tool a while ago that allowed you to use one of their cards to scale down a 1900x1200 full lenght DVD to somthing like 320x by something in less then 12 minutes. If that is something you use a lot then a 4830 is a good card from thier line if you need that too.

However, if you programs are not coded to make use of the GPU for linear processing work, then most anything should be able to handle basic video playback and modest video and visual scripts well. For more professional work, a quadro FX or a geforce flashed to a quadro is probably a good idea.
post #7 of 12
I would take the Quadro FX370 over the 9800GTX+... From what I have read the flashing the gaming cards essentially just renames it.. I came from a gaming card and the Quadro I bought is simply amazing for 3d work... I run 3dsmax, zbrush, large vsti's, most of the adobe programs (flash, photoshop, illustrator, indesign, premiere, after effects, and probably one I'm forgetting..) Pro/E, Solidworks, ect... Everything runs flawlessly.. The Quadro makes work in 3dsmax, Pro/e, and Solidworks even more fun

For the sound card I would recommend getting one made specifically for audio such as one from m-audio.. I have the M-Audio Firewire Solo ($200 I think it was) and without it playback on complex audio files is terrible.. It really helps to get the right stuff.. Of course there are cheaper alternatives.. I assume you already have a set of studio monitors(since you are working with large vsti's and such) so an actual audio interface will help a lot with the playback quality and speed...
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Originally Posted by silent_nightr34 View Post
I would take the Quadro FX370 over the 9800GTX+... From what I have read the flashing the gaming cards essentially just renames it.. I came from a gaming card and the Quadro I bought is simply amazing for 3d work... I run 3dsmax, zbrush, large vsti's, most of the adobe programs (flash, photoshop, illustrator, indesign, premiere, after effects, and probably one I'm forgetting..) Pro/E, Solidworks, ect... Everything runs flawlessly.. The Quadro makes work in 3dsmax, Pro/e, and Solidworks even more fun

For the sound card I would recommend getting one made specifically for audio such as one from m-audio.. I have the M-Audio Firewire Solo ($200 I think it was) and without it playback on complex audio files is terrible.. It really helps to get the right stuff.. Of course there are cheaper alternatives.. I assume you already have a set of studio monitors(since you are working with large vsti's and such) so an actual audio interface will help a lot with the playback quality and speed...
The cards are the same but when you flash the bios it gives you access to many of the coding license that nvidia pays for so it can be a work horse card. As far as I know it isn't illegal and the performance is actually better with a flashed card.
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a bit off topic..but have you tried zbrush..as opposed to mudbox?
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The cards are the same but when you flash the bios it gives you access to many of the coding license that nvidia pays for so it can be a work horse card. As far as I know it isn't illegal and the performance is actually better with a flashed card.
Do you have any evidence to back up that claim?

Check this out:

http://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...-10-proe4.html

The 8800 ultra flashed to a FX4700 is nowhere close to an actual FX4700.. It may make a small difference but it can't compare to an actual Quadro.
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