I've decided to get a new computer to work on 3d modelling, but want to get a computer that will, at least for a while, stand up to the test of time (and constant updates in processsors, etc.)
Around five years ago I bought a Dell with a dual Pentium3 500mhz processors, a few years after that people were able to get single processors with greater speeds, but at least the comp. lasted that long.
Now, however, I am faced with getting a new computer to work on, as the one I have just can't handle anything anymore. I have lernt 3D Modelling and animation and, with the level of detail I am attempting, am finding it inadiquate. While a new AGP card would help, the comp only has an AGP1x slot, so can't do that.
After doing some research into the current and upcoming technology, I am hopeing to get another dual processor, but one with PCI Express on it to take advantage of the latest technology and hopefully be able to keep up with it in years to come.
The following is what I am planning for, most likely will be building it myself to save on costs rather then purchasing at a higher rate from a company.
Dual AMD Opteron Model Model 246, 248, or 250 (not sure which, problibly cheapest.)
Microsoft Windows XP Professional (64 bit support if becomes available)
600W Power Supply
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (533MHz+ if available)
256MB PCI Express x16 ATI Radeon X800 XT
OR PCI Express NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 256MB
One(1) 250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) setup as the primary (C
One(1) 250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) setup as second Hard Drive
(Setup as Raid 0)
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro (If a card made for a PCI Express slot is available, please inform.)
3.5 in Floppy Drive
DVD +/- RW Drive
(1) Gigabit Ethernet port (Built into motherboard)
Now, the problem I am facing with the above setup is that I can't seem to find anywhere an AMD Motherboard that supports both PCI Express AND DDR2 memmory! Am I just looking in the wrong places, or overlooking them entirly?
If you know of one, please let me know!
(While I want something good and that lasts, I don't have alot of cash... thats the main reason I want it to last so long...)
Thanks for any info!