I'm going to buy (or build) a new PC.
Here's a little breakdown:What is it for?
Motion Graphics, 3D for my business workMain Apps
Cinema 4D + X-Particles + Arnold, Blender 3D, Adobe CC, Affinity Photo & Designer, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve & Fusion, 3Ds MaxWhat I'm currently Using
Dual Xeon E5-2620 v2 2.10 Ghz
32.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz
232GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB ATA Device (SSD)
2794GB Hitachi HGST HDN724030ALE640 ATA Device (SATA)
Win 7 Pro 64-bit
I did some research and I decided to go with the Threadripper 1950x.
After putting some parts together, my list comes down to a total of $3,400 (with taxes).
Since this PC is for business, I'm reluctant to build it by myself for a few reasons.
- Time: I did build my previous box by myself, but it took me time, sweat and some headaches.
- Fixing: If something goes wrong, I have to stop my work, deal with the hardware and get things fixed.
- Warranty: It's what the part comes with.
Therefore I thought I should go with Dell (as I did it in the past before my custom built PC).
The Alienware, with the same specs, is about $4,100 (without taxes) which includes 4 years Dell support.
I used Dell support in the past and, to me, is a piece of mind. If I can't fix it (and if it's hardware I don't want to deal with it), there's the on-site/at home support. Done!
So, for what concerns the three points above, I'm covered.
Now I know it sounds as if I already have made up my mind. But I trust your opinions a lot (I built the previous box almost 4 years ago thanks to your help!)
So, first off I'd like to ask you guys:1) Is there any reason, after the above considerations, to still prefer a custom built solution to the Area 51? (other than price, of course)
and2) Are there Area 51 owners here who, possibly, are using it for graphics applications and can give me an honest feedback on how this PC performs?
Hope to get your help soon, I need to decide quickly!!