Originally Posted by mayaman2
RAM is always good, but the most important thing for rendering is cpu power (I might splurge for the 316 dollar core 2 duo with the 4 mb ). I also like these Lian Li cases, very classly looking, and they seem to cool well, and quietly. Having lots of front USB ports is a plus too, since I tend to use them a lot.
I don't want freaky blue lights if I can avoid it, since I have to sleep next to the computer (small closet sized room). I just need a decent gpu for zbrush, with more than 128 mb of gdr ram. The 7900 should be more than adequit and I could game on them if I needed to. I coming from a 6600 gt which worked pretty good, but PCI-e seems to be cheaper than AGP was.
agree whole heartly
also, yes ram helps, if you can buget it, get 4 gigs......friend of mine has 4 gigs of kingston value ram, he said he uses almost all of it for video/music editing......hard drive space is helpfull too
now ive never rendered graphics nor done video editing, but i will bring up one thing, maybe someone can state which way is better
but typicaly people with 4 gigs of ram+ turn off pageing file (when your hard drive allocates space to use as RAM)
im unsure weather a render would go faster if it used physical ram (since its quite faster than a hard drive could ever be) but like i said someone can bring that up and prolly tell you the route to go
hard forums has some good FAQ's for their subforums, here are a few for hard drives, and whatever else i could findhttp://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=937835
(video cards may or may not talk about rendering cards)
maybe those can help you a bit more in deciding
hope its helpfull, AFAIK, Hardforums isnt allowing new people due to trolls/spammers/scammers ect, so its a bit tough to ask questions, but im sure a good 30-40% of members here are with [H] so you can ask them to ask for you i supose?