workstation suggestions?

I’m looking at a new machine for work.
Any suggestions for a tower?
I run AutoCAD and Studio Max, Photoshop, etc.

Looking at a Dell 470 worksation
dual 3.2 Xeon proc
Nvidia Quadro FX 3400 card with 256MB
2 - 3 gig of RAM

Dell sounds good to me…hows about a M70 or something from ALienware?

Have you considered building your own? It’s not hard (just plugging components in), it will save you lots of money, and you can get exactly what you want. You won’t get tech support, but that has become increasingly useless from most vendors anyway.

Bought it today per specs with a 24" flat panel.
I have 2 slots left for more RAM.
Maybe up it to 3 or 4 Gig.
Going to be fun times with this thing!

If you got the Dell, I think you’ll be happy with it.

I have a 300-series workstation at the office; P4 w/ HT instead of the dual Xeons, a little less ram, and the same graphics card. Powers AutoCAD, Rhino, etc. with amazing ease. :sunglasses:

Why spend all that money on a Dell 470? A Dimension 370 should be enough for most 3D CAD work.

Because we have the money to spend.

so, as far as I can see (and that aint to far today) the only difference between the Dell 370 and 470 is the duel processors of the 470? am I correct?

I just can see the point of paying basically a grand more for a duel processor. When it comes to most 3D software duel processors do not give any better performance.

My question for 4real is what are you using 3D max for? are you a graphic designer or animator?

I’m ID
Used for renderings and product animation.