Posted by Caliber
on Tuesday October 13, 2015 @ 10:21am >>
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Becky recently inherited a medium-range box (Dell Vostro 470 I think) from a previous employer. As an early graduation gift I bumped it up to the max possible RAM 32Gb for about $150 on sale, and she bought a multi-TB hard drive for like $100. She then built it all into a Linux Ubuntu box, and is now running both Maya and Houdini for calculating and rendering her master's thesis project that she's now working on. It's not a super-beefy box but brand new it would probably run $1000 including a delicious monitor, and she seems reasonably happy with the rendering value she's getting for the low cost.
And naturally any PC invented in the last ten years will run Alpha Centauri very well.
Yea, ram and disk are crazy cheap these days. I bought a 1TB SSD for my laptops, and have been pretty happy with the drives.
Its funny, I keep hearing the tech is really good and reliable, but then some curmudgeon will come along and rant about their failure rate. It makes me hesitant to buy one (not that I have much choice in the short term)
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes you just can't avoid destroying several at once...