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Hey Guys

I have a cousin in Ireland that has asked me to recommend what she should buy for next upgrade.

Here is my breif:

I am looking at buying a new computer and I want to ask your advise. Hope that's okay?

I need to replace my old laptop with a desktop PC, so i am looking at computer, monitor, keyboard, ect. I do allot of work on programs like Rhino, VRay - for rendering, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Allot of the time they will be running at the same time. Recently I have found when building larger models on Rhino, certain functions just slow my computer town totally to the point where I cant work anymore.
So I need a strong fast and duel processing capabilities I guess.
I have a budget of between E1500-E2000. But id prefer to buy something already set up, cos i don't know anyone here that could build a system for me.

I was at a computer shop yesterday and had a look at a system that is used for gaming. This is what they had;

http://www.pcworld.ie/Product/ACER-A...001/304213/309

I am just confused with what I need, like the processor and the memory needed. The Dell looks like a better deal ... I think.
Would you have any suggestions? The guys at the PC shop were pretty useless and drew a blank when I started talking about renderings and stuff.


Do you think it is worth recommending sandy bridge?

Also how much RAM and stuff do you guys think?

All comments welcome

Mikrouwel
Edited by Mikrouwel - 2/13/11 at 4:16am
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The computer that the salesman had recommend you to buy was not a sandy bridge platform.

If you are on a tight budget, you may want to spend your time building a computer rather than buying OEM's product like Dell, Acer and HP. However, you need to invest time on research and experience.

You can try AMD Phenom II processor dual core or Athlon. If time is not a big consideration, you can wait for Intel i3 2nd generation processor which will come on February.

Rendering likewise,
I recommend using a:
-Quad core system

-4GB RAM or more

-Definitely go with 64 bit

-A cheap graphic card

Rendering won't require a high end gaming video card which is useless unless if the video card supports CUDA or OpenGL.

What I recommend you currently now is i5 2300 with a integrated gpu and 8gb of ram.
Although it's slightly expensive, but investing a quad core processor and tonnes of rams will ease effortlessly like rendering.
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post #3 of 3
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Okay well I like in South Africa and she lives in Ireland so thats is why I cant buils it for her.

Okay so do you recommend not gettinga GFX card?

Will the programs she using use a graphics card?

Mikrouwel
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