Friday, January 6, 2012

The New Machine

So, I'm getting a new computer. $2900 for a PC.
It's not an Earthkiller, but it's close. I'm ordering it from

Basically it's an i7 Six-core Sandy Bridge computer with 32GB of RAM and a Quadro 4000 video card. That should give me the best of the two things I need the computer for: 3D work/compositing and audio editing/mixing. I'm getting Windows Professional 7. Apparently you need "Professional" because of something with memory and multi-core management. Or something.

I'm also getting the computer with liquid cooling in order to make it a quieter computer. We'll see how that works out.

Unfortunately the Sandy Bridge-E chip is not in right now so they're not going to be able to build 'till next week.
Which means I'm going to be on frame 14 of this render for another three and-a-half minutes.

So I figure this computer should last me a few years. And it could eventually be made into an editing machine if/when we move over to Adobe Premiere for editing picture, which might happen later this year.

I need a name for this computer. All my computers have classical-sounding names like Pygmalion or Athena. I need a name for the computer and a user-name. Hmm...

X195-Intel i7 Six Core Sandy Bridge-E Workstation Computer
Processor:Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Memory: 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Quad Channel
Case:NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 Elite Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
Power: A-Power AK 680W 20+4-pin ATX PSU w/SATA & PCIe (Black) Power Supply
Video / GPU Card 1: NVIDIA Quadro 4000 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
Sound Card: Onboard Premium level HD Audio (Note that I'll never use this even once.)
Hard Drive 1:Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache
CD/DVD:Black 2MB Cache 22X DVD Burner drive
NetWork:Onboard LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
USB/Firewire:VANTEC 4-Port USB 2.0 & 3-Port FireWire 400 PCI Combo Host Card
OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Warranty:2 Yr Standard Parts & Labor Ltd Warranty, 2 Yr Business hour support
Fan Controller: none
CPU Fans: Intel BXRTS2011LC High Performance Liquid Cooler - 120mm Fan, 2200 RPM Max, 74 CMF, 35dBA Max, 150mm


Jeff said...


Andrew Bellware said...

I. Love. You.
Yes. Artemis. And the user name can be Orion.

Kangas said...

Welcome to the future! Put the CS5 suite on that bitch and you are READY!

Andrew Bellware said...

Yeah, it's a thousand bucks. CS5 is rentable at $85/month. Or I could just get AfterEffects for $50/month.

Aric Blue said...

Dude, you MUST know a student. You can buy the entire CS5 suite if you have a student ID for like $500.

Look into it. I would also call the computer The Sulaco. Just because I love that movie in so many dirty dirty ways.

Andrew Bellware said...

The Sulaco is good. And the user ID could be "Narcissus". Or "Nostromo".

Yeah, I'm still a step behind on going all out with Premiere. We may do one last movie in Final Cut first.