NURB wrote:Do you have to have a laptop? For $3500 you could build an incredible desktop workstation...
I am aware, and that is one of the main problems I have been experiencing while rendering. The system will slow down dramatically and all my other processes are plagued by the render, which I can't afford while working on other projects on the same device.
What did you have in mind for this incredible desktop workstation? If you don't mind sharing!
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($103.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($264.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($570.09 @ Amazon)
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NURB wrote:Whoa. See, now you could really get some s*** done with that.
You could drop all that cash on a Mac Pro, too.
How often will you be working away from your apartment on a rendering? Or away from a computer lab at school? I know it's cool to sit in a coffee shop, working on 3D renderings an have people walk by and ask what you're up to, but you'll work significantly faster on a workstation. Getting your work done faster results in you having more time to hit the bars with your friends, and less time resenting your laptop purchase.
You'll get drunken texts from our buddies at 2AM, and you'll just say "Damn this slow machine! I could be out partying!"
Something to think about.
Sain wrote:Another option. Continue to use your current laptop for light work and switch the to desktop for the heavy stuff. I would do that quite often during school. Id get all my renderings set up no my laptop in studio. Go home drop the files on my workstation. Hit render and cook dinner.
It was much more time efficient and it allowed me get a much faster machine that is far more easily upgraded in the future.
NURB wrote:Great plan.
I'd usually run renders in the labs at 3AM across 15 machines...