After realizing that I wanted to simply live in Carrara, I finally saved up enough (which wasn’t much) to build my own Carrara machine.
To do that, I began by looking at what it seems to me that it craves the most. You see, my last few PC builds were always based on Gaming performance. I always felt that if I’d build a great game box, it could then handle everything. Funny thing about that… I don’t play games on my computer. lol
It was my understanding that Carrara mostly need cores. The more the better.
Those cores will need RAM to feed them. The GPU is mainly needed for the working window (OpenGL), but it’s still important in case you want to perform other PC-related activities. And finally I’d need gobs of storage space.
Using only desktop computer components, I was able to assemble via Newegg.com:
CPU - AMD FX eight cores running 3.1 GHz each (standard. I never overclock)
RAM - wanting to give each core 2GB, I chose 16GB RAM
Motherboard - this needs a motherboard with the proper chip slot for the CPU, and must be capable of handling twice the RAM I start with - which I found easily. Some of you may want to have all of the SLI or whatever - just watch for the features you want.
Video Card - I didn’t really need anything special. I’m not a gamer. But the card I ended up getting, while not the latest high-end gamer, nor is it a server-class physics genius, but it has 1GB video RAM and a great clock speed. Again, Newegg fit me with a better unit that what my budget would have allowed.
For storage, I wanted to have my content on my main hard drive. I also know that Windows loves lots of free space for shuffling around files and getting them all organized the way they should be. I was going to set up a RAID0 system for this, but opted for a single 1.5TB 6GB/sec HDD.
Got a great case, Windows 7 64bit etc.,
As you can probably tell by reading this, I skimped. I skimped big time. The whole thing with Windows and Sony Home Movie HD suite was under $1000 USD
Nothing beats the day those parts come in and you get to assemble everything and install Windows and all of your softies!
This low-budget Carrara machine renders firey circles around anything I’ve ever used! I love it! You know how it usually takes a few seconds to start Windows? Bam! This thing is on! Anyways - with this small investment, which can actually be a pretty big number for me these days, Carrara operates very professionally. Just like it should. I used to have far more problems before I built this and solved it.