Buying a new computer?

Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby moghamdi » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:39 pm

I am very interested to get one.

I live in Saudi Arabia, but I have a forwarding Address in New York. I have sent them an email and waiting for their feedback.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby hellnbak » Sat Mar 30, 2013 3:23 am

Dave R wrote:Pibuz, if you look at the article in CatchUp again, or read the first part of this thread you'll see it's a US only thing. Apparently no overseas shipping.


I'm curious, Dave. Do you know why they won't ship overseas? If it's a cost thing, couldn't they offer overseas shipping for an increased shipping charge? I guess maybe the additional cost might wipe out the savings of buying the machine, but I can't imagine it could be that much.

As for me, I've had to put getting a new machine on hold due to a number of substantial expenses I've had recently. Don't know how long this offer will exist, maybe I can recover in time to snag one.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby Dave R » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:29 am

I don't know why. Solo said from the outset that the deal was only available in the US. The why of it wasn't communicated.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby mk11 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:24 pm

So I'm really interested in one of those machines, but I have a question about the video cards I hope someone can answer. Is there a considerable noticeable difference between the 660 and the 680 in plain sketchup, non-render use?
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby solo » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:30 pm

mk11 wrote:So I'm really interested in one of those machines, but I have a question about the video cards I hope someone can answer. Is there a considerable noticeable difference between the 660 and the 680 in plain sketchup, non-render use?


Nope. The difference is when you are using an app that is GPU reliant like rendering, the additional speed, clocks and especially additional ram makes the difference, in SU however you will not notice it, I have a 660ti 3gb and it rocks in SU, even a Titan card would not make any noticeable difference.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby sketch3d.de » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:48 pm

mk11 wrote:Is there a considerable noticeable difference between the 660 and the 680 in plain sketchup, non-render use?

no, the CPU rules for SU not the GPU.

the GTX 680 has 5,620 and the GTX 670 has 5,334 PassMark points = ~5% difference = no remarkable difference at least in SU.

Even the GTX 660 has already 4,076 PM points (~200.- U$)... probably already sufficient and the saved bucks can be invested in the fastest core i7 'Ivy Bridge' avail... or a fast/big SSD (e.g. Samsung 840 Pro).

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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby fcborik » Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:14 am

Finally got my new machine from JNCS. As expected, it was thoroughly checked, and the difference in quality from the bum version I got a couple of weeks ago was, well, can you spell "night and day"?

Everything was great from the get-go, and all is forgiven for the poor quality of the first build. JNCS paid a lot of attention to the nuances which included overclocking and a 36 hour stress test (which I didn't ask for, but they graciously incorporated), comprehensive installation of all required drivers, a QA checklist, and a power cord to boot!. (OK, I make fun of the missing power cord from the first delivery.)

As an aside, the owner of the company spoke to me again, and he told me that they "released" the person who did the original build for me. Apparently they had noticed a few performance problems with this individual previously, but this was the straw that broke the camel's back. Too bad I was the test case (on both sides). :-(

Nevertheless, I am extremely pleased with the end result, and, in the end, I did't mind the wait. Hopefully more of you who read this will be similarly encouraged. A co-worker who looked at the specs and the price said I was getting a supreme deal. So be it!

Go forth and purchase!

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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby solo » Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:48 am

Great stuff, glad you got it all worked out, so far everyone now that bought is happy.

Except me. :cry:

I unfortunately never reached my funds needed, so it's a wait and save.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby outrider » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:41 pm

Is this deal still available?
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby solo » Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:38 pm

outrider wrote:Is this deal still available?



Yes it is.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby outrider » Wed May 01, 2013 6:07 am

Nice. I do need a new computer. I guess I'll go through these posts with a fine tooth comb and find out how to make that happen!
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby l_breault » Wed May 01, 2013 1:08 pm

I received my computer a couple of weeks ago. Nice clean build. It was nicely packaged when it shipped. Now I just have to wait for the new release of Thea to see what the gpu is capable of. (or purchase octane) This was not my first custom rig built, but it was the first with no issues upon arrival. I will buy from JNCS again.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby jdeverett » Fri May 10, 2013 10:16 pm

I'm talking with the management of my company about my new machine. I think I would like to get one of these. Some of you have had a few months to get to know these machines, how are they performing? Have you been happy with the service from the company?

Also, I'm using SU Podium, does anyone know if the software is similar enough to Thea that everything should still be "optimized"?

I also have to use Civil3D and the Adobe Suite ...pretty sure I shouldn't expect any issues there either right?

Thanks!

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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby outrider » Mon May 13, 2013 12:19 am

I just ordered the one with the 256 SSD. Looking forward to its arrival. Thank you Solo and everyone here for making this happen!
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby Brodie » Thu May 16, 2013 5:59 pm

jdeverett wrote:Also, I'm using SU Podium, does anyone know if the software is similar enough to Thea that everything should still be "optimized"?

I also have to use Civil3D and the Adobe Suite ...pretty sure I shouldn't expect any issues there either right?

Thanks!

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I haven't gotten my PC yet but this should work very well for you. It has a CPU with a high clock speed and good graphics card. Both of these will help SU and your Adobe Suite to perform well. The CPU is quite good for rendering and will serve Podium very well. I'm not familiar with Civil3D but I'm sure it would also benefit from the good CPU and graphics card.

The SSD will help programs open faster. Adobe, to me, is notorious for long opening times so if you open it several times a day you'll notice a difference there.

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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby outrider » Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:17 am

Mine arrived on Friday. This is without a doubt the finest computer I've ever used.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby mcpcorey » Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:17 pm

I am finally ready to pull the trigger on my own new computer system, Today is the day.
I started researching what I would want, and what I believed I would need, in my next system back in January.
Then I found this thread that Solo started, and the configuration matched almost exactly with what I had decided I needed myself.
I sent an email this morning to Adam at JNCS with a couple of questions, and some minor changes that I wanted to consider before placing my actual order.
Adam called me back directly within 15 minutes of sending my enquiry via email.
I am looking at 2 main changes to the 256-680 system.
(1) I just gotta have the Titan 6g graphics card
(2) and I am considering a case change to a Cooler Master HAF XB.
And it just so happens that JNCS has 1 of those cases on hand at this time to test out.
It is lunch time for Adam there in NY, so after lunch he is going to find out if all the guts will fit in that case without any issues, and then get back to me. The case is not a deal breaker though, just an a desire that will better suit my work desk area.
So far I am very impressed with JNCS's service, reviews, knowledge, and eager flexibility to try something a little bit different.
The debit card is sitting on my desk, just waiting for the big moment.
Thanks go to Pete Stoppel for arranging a great base price for us with JNCS.
I am pleased to have learned about JNCS through this thread.

Corey

UPDATE: Done !, I placed my order a couple of hours ago. As promised, Adam got back to me shortly after his lunch break, and reported that everything will fit quite well into my preferred case.
The only potential issue appears to be the availability of the Titan graphics card, they are still fairly scarce, but they are getting one shipped from California, (unless someone else claimed it first?)
So now I get to sit back for a couple of weeks, and Drool with anticipation waiting for this Awesome new machine. And keep my fingers crossed, and pray! that my current machine gets me through the next couple of weeks, it gave me a couple of black screen scares, followed by auto re-start on Friday...

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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby function » Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:26 pm

anyone have experience with the firepro w5000?
I am debating between this and a gtx660ti for use in sketchup, vue, and 3dsmax nitrous viewport. not so much concern with rendering, just viewport priority.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby hellnbak » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:11 am

Are these computers still available? Probably a dumb question but I figured I'd give it a shot
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby Dave R » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:25 am

You can contact JNCS and see what they've got available.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby solo » Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:13 am

hellnbak wrote:Are these computers still available? Probably a dumb question but I figured I'd give it a shot



I have something lined up for next month, a whole new deal with newer setup, It will most likely be with another company that is offering a great price.

This time the emphasis is not only on the CPU but also GPU, future expansion and overall monster at a great price.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby hellnbak » Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:44 am

Sounds great, Pete. I'll hold off until then. Thanks
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby mac1 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:38 am

I bought a power spec few months ago, specs look close was ~$1500. Has a 2TB disk, the ssd is used for operating system and disk for rest of stuff, w7 and W8 both 64 bit. Set up for wfi hot spot so kids can use when they come over. Took HD out of old PC, put it in USB enclosure and will use it for backup plus it is bootable so could also bring back my XP if necessary. ATX form factor, runs nice and cool
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby hellnbak » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:42 am

solo wrote: I have something lined up for next month, a whole new deal with newer setup, It will most likely be with another company that is offering a great price.

This time the emphasis is not only on the CPU but also GPU, future expansion and overall monster at a great price.



Hey Pete, any progress on this new dream machine?
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby Trixta » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:30 pm

Ok, so now it's my turn to get a new compactor.

I've landed a client that wants high end rendering of large images to 'present' to his high end clients.

What do I need, in terms of specs? I'm a bit of a layman in this regard. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby Rich O Brien » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:43 pm

Trixta wrote:Ok, so now it's my turn to get a new compactor.

I've landed a client that wants high end rendering of large images to 'present' to his high end clients.

What do I need, in terms of specs? I'm a bit of a layman in this regard. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Depends on what you are using to render the project with?
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby Trixta » Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:41 pm

V-Ray for SketchUp. :)
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby Rich O Brien » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:47 pm

Then lots of RAM 16GB or more and a good nVidia card like a Titan. Plus a good Intel processor with multithreading.

That kind of rig then is limited by your budget.

You'd be expected to pay $3000+ to build something that will be your device for the next few years.
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Re: Buying a new computer?

Postby filibis » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:51 am

Trixta wrote:V-Ray for SketchUp. :)

You can also check V-ray Benchmark results and decide accordingly.
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