[Blabber] AutoDesk/3D Printing PC Advice?

Robert Diamond rmd6502 at gmail.com
Fri May 31 20:34:30 UTC 2013


Yeah, memory (esp swap) and i/o speed make more difference now - 1.8ghz
with 8gb will compile much faster than 3.6ghz with 4gb


On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM, Matt Lynch <njdevil at gmail.com> wrote:

> Clock speeds (like 4GHz) used to be important prior to the mid-2000's
> (aka, the Transistor Wars), but really arent that much of a difference
> anymore with parallel cores.
> 4 cores at 2.5GHz will surpass 2 at 4GHz.
> Of course 4 @ 4GHz would beat the 4 at 2.5, but not by that much to warrant
> the extra price.
>
>
> On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 4:29 PM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Yeah, thanks.
>>
>> That was my concern. A10's AMD's "best," but I was kinda iffy on how I
>> felt about it.
>> Besides, I'm still aiming for 4GHz.... Heh.
>>
>> BenS
>>
>> On May 31, 2013, at 16:27, Matt Lynch <njdevil at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Personally, I would be afraid of getting an AMD processor & chipset.
>> Ive only ever heard reviews from friends that range from average at best
>> and unreliable at the worst, with the mean on the low-side of average.
>> I stick with Intel cause it works (most of the time).....
>>
>>
>> On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> OK:
>>>
>>> Now I've narrowed things to $543, for an HP Pavillion P7-1417, quad-core
>>> A10 (3.4GHz), DDR3 20GB SDRAM, AMD Radeon HD 7660D, 64-Bit, with a 2TB HDD.
>>>
>>> I think I'd upgrade to a SDD eventually.
>>>
>>> Monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. aren't important.
>>>
>>> Any warnings before I leap into a hasty purchase?
>>>
>>> BenS
>>>
>>> On May 31, 2013, at 15:31, Matt Lynch <njdevil at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> I only build my own computers, I havent had a pre-built one since 1995?
>>> This full rig cost $1000-1200, but its also for playing AAA games, like
>>> Borderlands 2, which you may not necessarily need to do.
>>> There are higher grade processors & motherboards than I listed below,
>>> but those are for generally meant for the fancy designers, and is
>>> definitely overkill to start with.
>>>
>>> Here's a brief total from Newegg:
>>> i7 Processor: ~$300
>>> 16GB RAM: ~$120 (around $60 per 8GB)
>>> LGA 1155 Mobo: $100-150
>>> Graphics card: $50-100 (depending on how fancy you want to get, these
>>> can quickly go over $200)
>>>
>>> So far, $570-670
>>> If you dont have an ATX case or a sufficient Power Supply, that will
>>> cost at least $100
>>> If you dont have a Hard Drive, that will cost another $50-100 (currently
>>> around $35/1TB)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 3:20 PM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Yeah, I've been checking out quad-core i7 machines, including a Mac
>>>> Mini w/Fusion Drive, but I think it's gonna have to be full-on PC.
>>>>
>>>> I've used Autodesk CAD software before on a borrowed laptop, so I know
>>>> it's DOable - just wondering what it's going to cost me.
>>>>
>>>> I'm going to look through Factory Refurbished options...
>>>>
>>>> BenS
>>>>
>>>> On May 31, 2013, at 15:09, Matt Lynch <njdevil at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Ive suffered through getting 3ds Max on my Win 7 gaming rig and I had
>>>> to buy both a new processor and tons of RAM, 8GB wasnt enough, kept
>>>> chunking during renders.
>>>> Sandy or Ivy Bridge i7  (i5 might not be as good, need all that extra
>>>> processing power)
>>>> 20GB RAM
>>>> ATI Radeon 6950HD 1GB? (it uses more system memory than vid memory)
>>>>
>>>> Now if I could only get it to export a proper manifold STL..... never
>>>> could get it to create a manifold with the newest versions of Slicer (tried
>>>> 30+ times), so I stopped using it and went to OpenSCAD.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 2:44 PM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hey folks,
>>>>>
>>>>> I managed to get Autodesk Design Suite Ultimate 2013 at student
>>>>> pricing - a bargain! - and am looking to get a PC capable of running it,
>>>>> along with the Solidoodle 3D Printer I've ordered.
>>>>>
>>>>> Can anybody recommend a machine (in the sub-$1k range) that would be a
>>>>> good fit?
>>>>>
>>>>> I'm not married to any brand nor configuration; the only limitation is
>>>>> that it has to run Windows 7.
>>>>>
>>>>> Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated.
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>
>>>>> BenS
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