Friday, October 21, 2011

Computing

Virginia Logan carries Sara-Doe Osborne back to the lander.
I need more computer. I've been saying this for about two years now I think. But it's really getting time.
Thing is, I don't want to spend the money.
For about five thousand bucks I can get a dual hex-core with about 12GB of RAM and a decent video card. Oddly, as I've said before, the high-end Macs are about the same price as the high-end PC's. They're certainly within a couple hundred dollars of one another.
Oh look. Apple has "zero percent" financing... sigh.

4 comments:

Kangas said...

Not sure why you're trying to aim as high as you can. For 5K I could build a computer that will destroy the world. But take half that and you can build a VERY impressive PC. Hell, I think I mentioned I'm editing Red Footage at full 4K resolution with a PC I built for about $1300...

Haven't seen any speed test measurements about dual hexcores versus the quads to see exactly how much speed you're paying so much for, so it's too early to tell if it's worth it yet.

Andrew Bellware said...

I'm trying to do three things: cut 3D render time, reduce compositing time, and be able to play back multi-track audio with boatloads of effects.
It seems I have the ability to take any computer and, within minutes, bring it to its knees.
But you're absolutely right -- for editing it ain't no big thing to have a super fancy-pants computer.

Jomei Jackson said...

I can't help with editing or sound, especially the latter. 3D you may want to think rendering farm, nothing big, but kicking scenes files over to a bunch of cheaper computers is better then tying up your primary workstation.

Andrew Bellware said...

I know that Ian Hubert's experience with render farms was that a big ol multicore machine was faster and more efficient than a farm.
But when doing 3D just speeding up the redrawing would be a huge help.