Ok, I’m building a new workstation and would love advice. My last rig is 5 years old now and feeling a bit pressured. I have not kept up on the hardware race, so I don’t even really know where to start besides heading over to toms hardware and reading a month of articles.
I’m probably going to go crazy with RAM - 8 to 16gb or something and of course a 64 bit OS. Probably Ubuntu 12.04 as my primary OS since it will be coming out soon with either virtual machine windows 7 or dual boot windows 7.
Blender is my app of choice, though I do want zBrush in my workflow as well. I’ll be using Unity3d as well. Additionally, I am a gamer as well (though less and less time to delve into game playing as I get older and my time becomes more valuable).
I do want a video card that will play nicely with cycles. I would like something that will play nicely with all of the open movie assets (mango, sintel, bbb).
I also need to do screen capture at high resolution and high frame rate for video tutorials - I was surprised at how much cpu this takes! Lastly, and this is a tricky part, I need a machine that is quiet! I dub over my videos for tutorials and I can’t have a pc that sounds like a lawnmower in the background.