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post #1 of 16
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So, my MacPro desktop died again, and it was decided to replace the computer as opposed to trying to fix it again. I'm told it will be an "IBM-compatible PC, with Windows 7", and they're asking me what processor, memory, and hard drive space I need.

I use (and used my old computer) for my college work, specifically with a lot of digital art (Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, etc) and 3D modeling (Maya, Mubbox, Motionbuilder, Unreal Level Editor). I also play a lot of games as well.

My Mac is over two years old, so I'd like to take this opportunity to get at least some moderate upgrades on things. It had around 450GB hard drive space, 4GB RAM, and a Quad-Core 2.33Ghz(I think) processor. It also have an nVidia GeForce 8800 GT graphics card.

So yeah, any suggestions for my situation? I haven't been told a price range to stay in, but don't go completely overboard.
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post #2 of 16
Are you looking to build it yourself or buy one pre-built?
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post #3 of 16
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It's kind of complicated. I'm not building it myself, but they're asking me some of the things I want in it.
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post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by justpassingthrough View Post
It's kind of complicated. I'm not building it myself, but they're asking me some of the things I want in it.
Who is they? It will most likely be cheaper if you build it yourself, unless its being paid for by someone else.
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post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Yes, it is being paid for by someone else.
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post #6 of 16
Are "they" going to someplace like dell and dell is asking "them" what "they" want in the system? Or are "they" building a custom computer for you and asking you what components to put in your custom built computer?

Sorry to pry, but my suggestions will change as to if it's going to be a custom built at home pc, or if a company is piecing it together for you.
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128GB Crucial c300 SSD Asus DVD Windows 7 64bit Asus 23in LCD X 2 
PowerCase
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post #7 of 16
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To be honest, I'm not sure. I've been talking to a computer technician specifically, and nothing has been mentioned about working for Dell or whatever. But, if this works anything like how they handled my previous computer, then it is a custom-built one (last time, they took specific recommendations from my college adviser for what I needed, and the computer they gave me had that).
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2x Xeon Quad-Core GeForce 8800 GT 4GB DDR2 466GB 
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Windows XP Professional/Mac OSX 
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2x Xeon Quad-Core GeForce 8800 GT 4GB DDR2 466GB 
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Windows XP Professional/Mac OSX 
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post #8 of 16
OK, last thing I will need is your price range. After that, I will get a suggestion up.
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i7 2600k 5ghz 24/7 stable Asus P67A Deluxe GTX 580 4 GB Corsair Dominators 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128GB Crucial c300 SSD Asus DVD Windows 7 64bit Asus 23in LCD X 2 
PowerCase
Corsair ax1200 800d 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128GB Crucial c300 SSD Asus DVD Windows 7 64bit Asus 23in LCD X 2 
PowerCase
Corsair ax1200 800d 
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post #9 of 16
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Like I said before, I wasn't told of a price range. If you could, provide a couple recommendations that are lower in price too, if you want.
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2x Xeon Quad-Core GeForce 8800 GT 4GB DDR2 466GB 
OS
Windows XP Professional/Mac OSX 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2x Xeon Quad-Core GeForce 8800 GT 4GB DDR2 466GB 
OS
Windows XP Professional/Mac OSX 
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post #10 of 16
Here is some suggestions put together by someone other than me.

Click on it and scroll down, the different builds are named puppy, dolphin, narwhal, and unicorn. All are solid builds with components that are proven to work together. Unicorn would be the best and do all that you listed in the 1st thread.
Black Water
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k 5ghz 24/7 stable Asus P67A Deluxe GTX 580 4 GB Corsair Dominators 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128GB Crucial c300 SSD Asus DVD Windows 7 64bit Asus 23in LCD X 2 
PowerCase
Corsair ax1200 800d 
  hide details  
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Black Water
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k 5ghz 24/7 stable Asus P67A Deluxe GTX 580 4 GB Corsair Dominators 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
128GB Crucial c300 SSD Asus DVD Windows 7 64bit Asus 23in LCD X 2 
PowerCase
Corsair ax1200 800d 
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