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Hello
I put the message in 'so slow', I think it has not been read, so for this important question, I repeat here.
 
With single processor, I have noticed that podium has the elegance of using only 50% of ram, which allows to work while calculation is made.
 
I suppose with a dual core, podium uses only half one processor too; is it true or does vista will use one full processor, that would mean that one processor 2.0mb of a dual core is quicker than half a 3mb single ?
 
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yes. Podium works only in single core in current version
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TBD thank you, that was not the question
 
In a dual core pc, will podium use full processor power ?
or only half like with a single processor
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as I said - single core only or half of processor. it was discussed already on the forum.
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Hello
I think about specialising a PC just for rendering
Is there a way to force podium to use more than 50% of CPU ?
Thanks for help
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I don't think so. SU and Podium do not support multiprocessors at this time, but as I posted somewhere else if you open 2 instances of SU you can render 2 images at a same time. Alternatively you can use CAD or anything else while you render. Podium is going to support multiprocessors in due course but not on the menu immediately.

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If you want to build a rendering only machine which is a good idea if you have the resources then make sure it's only for rendering and keep it clean and unclutered. A single core machine will work fine for now(dual core in future releases), keep it off the net as that way you have no need for backround programs like virus protection, firewalls, etc. Windows xp barebones is best. do not network to main system either, use thumb drive for transfer (no need for backround networking software etc)
The system is only to be used for rendering and not adjusting, as for that you require more resources...see ideal system for SU.

I use a seperate machine for rendering too, and it does uncomplicate matters and allow on to carry on without bother on your main machine while render processes totally independantly.

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That's exactly what I want to do...build a mega machine (dual core, 2 gig RAM, sick graphics card, dual 150 gig Raid 0 striping) for drawing and modeling, and convert my current AMD 1.9ghz single core to a "Podium Oven"! Like you said Solo..strip it down to bare bones and just let it sit and do nothing but cook renders. I am even going to set up a switch so I can use the same keyboard, mouse and monitor and just switch between boxes. I just cant decide weather I want to build it myself or have Dell or HP put it together for me...all about $$!

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Do it yourself, if you need help just ask.


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Hmm solo, do you really reckon this is the best option?

I have found that the bulk purchasing power often means that Dell & HP can build systems far cheaper than you or I. The 'catch' is that you need to have a standard configuration to really get good value. The minute you stray, you get hammered for extras, or don't get genuine savings by omitting stuff.

I have had only good experience with HP, but some bad exp with Dell...


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There is an arguement for both sides, the positives in doing it yourself are...

1) You learn... you get the understanding on how things tick, tweak and you can tailor your machine to what you truly need.

2) The sense of achievement is by far greater than opening a box and plugging in.

3) Depending where you shop, I use Fry's and their prices are comparable to a box rig.

If I was building a super rig now with a moderate budget I would want the following included:

Asus striker extreme mobo
QX6700 quad core
2x 8800 gtx in sli (576mhz core, 900mhz ram)
4 gig Corsair matched and sequenced ddr2/800 ram
2x 150 gig SATA raptors
1000 watt power supply
Windows ultimate

Including a mod case...I could build this for around $2000




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That's a kick ass rig you described Solo...I like everything about it except the video card choice. I am leaning towards the Quadra video cards...but SLI. And I want raid 0 striping across both SATA raptors.

As far as building yourself as opposed to buying built...Every computer I have owned in the last 8 years I have built myself, in addition to several for friends and family, and all the ones I know about are still running. I have 4 in my house right now I either built from scratch or frankensteined together from parts. I like the satisfaction of putting it together myself, but I have yet to build one with RAID enabled so that should be interesting!

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Well, yes, I guess it's a case of "horses for courses".

I have built around 5 machines now, and I tend to quite enjoy building systems, and as you say, you learn a lot. As I can't remotely afford a render monster like that (I have children, need I say more) my requirements are a lot more modest, and I continually wonder why I build systems because I'm sure I can get preconfigured equivalent ones for less money.

I guess for machines with really specialist components like that, you could definitely save money with careful sourcing. For people who want budget or mid-range systems though, I'm really not sure if the same is true.

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