I am considering replacing my computer for C3D and am wanting suggestions on the configuration. From what I have read, I should get the fastest Core i7 I can afford with at least 16 GB of RAM, a SSD hard drive for the OS and a NVidia Quadro card. We have the data on a network drive, but since we only have one copy of C3D, would it be better to have the working files on a local SSD data drive and then occationally backup to the network drive (which is a older raid 10 and backed up regularly)?
My old computer is a 3.0 GHz Core 2 Quad with 8 GB RAM, a SSD hard drive for the OS and a NVidia FX 260 card. When I bought it, there was little difference between the processor I got and the very new i7 at that time. Are the new Core i7 processors that much better, or should I save the money and just install the maximum RAM in this machine? Would installing a second SSD for the data be better than using the network drive?
My processor scored 1259, so a new Core i7 4770 or Xeon E3-1280 would about double that speed. Xeons didn't have prices, but typically are a few hundred dollars more in workstations than the Core series. Are Xeons worth the extra if I am getting a completely new computer?
I don't think you will see the difference between an i7 and a Xeon. I think the Xeons can have more RAM though. I have never had Civil use more than 16GB so it should be a good limit. For now.
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