Originally Posted by stealtrecon
First of all, I'll give you a quick background about myself. My name is Evan and I have Large Diffuse B-Cell Lymphoma. I'm only seventeen, so guess what, Make A Wish Foundation is granting me a wish.
My wish is for them to finish the four rooms downstairs in my mothers house so I can live downstairs while I finish High School and go to College. I plan on studying 3D Modeling so I can become a Game Designer, I'll probably be studying lots of other things too. So once they finish the walls and the floors of the rooms, I want them to turn the recreation room into a design studio and then have them make a bedroom/den.
I also want them to purchase and have a computer expert build me my custom designed workstation. I plan to work with 3DS Max and much of the other programs from the manufacturer as well as sound design.
While they do all of that I'll be flying to DC to visit Bethesda Softworks as the final part of my wish.
I don't have any experience with design really, but I want to be prepared. I do participate in the modding community TES Nexus for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but I only know how to work with the Construction Set GI for the game. I would love to be able to have a computer capable of modding on the fly, which is what my workstation will be able to do.
I want the sound card because I plan to play games while I am at it. The graphic card may not compare to the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 GPU, but its meant to handle AutoCAD and Animation software much better. It will still rival most GPU in the gaming industry I would expect, especially since I will be running crossfire.
So there you have it, this computer is meant for both design and gaming.
Game artists don't use autocad, we do however use, Maya, 3ds Max, & Zbrush, to name a few, all of which you can get free educational copies of right now on Autodesk's website
. (Not Zbrush)
Autocad is for industrial design work.
And I will say this now, I've had nothing but headaches using Quadro's for game engine workflow. Unreal Engine 3 ran horribly buggy on one.
In general workstation video cards are great if all you will be doing is purely
modeling, but if you want to have the flexibility to also jump into game engines smoothly having a high end gaming card is a better option.
Definitely stick with AMD either way, Nvidia's latest batch of drivers have really mucked up some of the 3d design packages.
Hope you find this helpful.