@ Athena: thanks for your chiming in.
Agreed, Quadro is a choice I don't want to do anymore. Don't get me wrong, they are good video cards, stable. But that's it. I guess if you want performance you need to throw a lot of money going with the top of the line? Not sure. A the time, I spent around $800. It was about 4 years ago for a Quadro K4000 - for comparison, today with $700 I bought a GTX 1080ti turbo 11GB. There are some optimized drivers for 3ds Max and I tried them at some point. There was some little gain over the generic drivers, but not tremendous. At the same time, I was seeing my colleagues working with GTX cards and rendering faster than me. All the talk about precision and stability with the Quadro is something I personally don't think matters one bit with my job. Yes, I do motion graphics and 3d renders. All the things that we do in After Effects to cover the dirty, mistakes and whatnot make any little glitch secondary. Plus, not that I see glitches when I render with the so-called gaming PC
And at the time I went with Xeons. Again, stable, I left the machine (a server-type custom built box) running for days (hot days during the summer), 24hr straight, rendering for a project. It didn't break a sweat. That said, I now face a problem of speed with plugins like X-Particles, where i9 are better (and supposedly, TR as well). So, again, yes stable solution but I don't care too much. I haven't seen an i9 being less stable yet. Faster? yes
So, no more Xeon for me. Unless, again, you spend a lot of money and go with the top, but I'm only mortal
As for the AMD. It's funny that you mention your Puget computer. Their articles on the Threadripper has been one of those that convinced me to go with TR
I checked C4D specific forum, asked people who already use TR, checked benchmark (although I give benchmark only relative importance) and everywhere it comes down to the Threadripper being an exceptional CPU. And this comes from a person like me who never liked AMD (well, especially their Radeon). I always bought Intel. But I also think there's always a chance for brands to catch up. So, I think the TR is a great CPU, but of course, I will only able to say after I receive the Alienware. The thing is, I don't think can be worse than a good i9 (and for comparison, the TR 1950x has a better score than the i9-7920x).
The Alienware weird case: yes, at first it looked strange to me as well, but then I looked at the job they did and I was like "this doesn't look bad at all".
It's actually cool!
But the thing is, after all, it doesn't matter how the case looks. I use it for my work, once I start working I forget about the case (as long as is silent enough, of course).
@TrashZone: Believe me, Dell's support is a different story. That's what makes the extra $400 worth it. You call them, if it's a hardware problem, you get someone on-site
the next business day. I used their support in the past. Now, unless something has changed (and theoretically hasn't, I have spoken with them and they confirmed it still works the same), their support is still unmatched.
But then I don't understand: if you say RMA is never fun (and I totally agree with that), how come you prefer to build your own pc now? If you a component needs to be repaired or changed, you still have to deal with manufacturer's warranty and RMA.