Over the past couple of weeks as people have realized what a game changer C3D-64 could be, they’ve started looking at the absolute dogs in their office, and a couple have asked me what I’d recommend for new systems. Confession, I’m not a hardware wonk. Haven’t been a chipset junkie ever, barely was a processor guy, and only vaguely give a fig about the graphics card; as long as the job’s getting done, I’m happy. The only hardware that generally gets me going has an apple on it, and that’s not really what I want to tell people as a stock C3D workstation.
One of the caveats of being a consultant is valuing other consultants. Know what you don’t know, that sort of thing. When I need to know hardware, I ping my buddy Matt. Matt was part of the old T5 back in the day, might still be for all I know, and Matt’s a hardware wonk. So, what’s Matt buying these days? Make the jump to find out.
I pinged Matt last week and asked what sort of system he was throwing together these days. He’s an AEC techie with Cadapult in Deleware, and he knows the sort of system I was looking for. Here was his quick spin on the subject:
- Windows 7-64
- Core i7-860 (2.8 Ghz)
- 8GB RAM (4x2GB or 2x4GB if you plan on upgrading to 16GB later)
- nVidia Quadro FX 1800
Matt likes Dell. Autodesk is buying HPs these days. I’m running on a Mac Book. Brand is really up to you. I would suggest you go ahead and look for a machine with lots of memory slots (it’s cheaper to buy 8 2GB sticks than 4 4GB sticks,) and a warranty that makes you happy. Oh, and don’t buy memory from the manufacturers unless you compare them to Crucial.com first.
So, what’s your hardware choice these days? Agree with Matt? Have a beef? Sound off below.