[Blabber] AutoDesk/3D Printing PC Advice?

Ben S ben.sugimori at gmail.com
Fri May 31 20:36:26 UTC 2013


Thanks! 
So quad-4GHz is a dated form of greedy. 

It's been a while.

BenS

On May 31, 2013, at 16:34, Robert Diamond <rmd6502 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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