DS 4.5 pro and new high end PC hardware questions
I will be getting a new PC with the following spec below.
My current system is slow for renders and when working in the view. Here are a few question on new version DS 4.5 and new hardware.
I plan to dish out over a grand on new PC workstation......
1.) I have only a single core 3 Ghz CPU, plan to get i7 4 core 3.4 Ghz CPU, This will help with render times for animations and high shadows on single images?
2.) Does DS 4.5 pro render faster with more cores? if so Has anyone seen a big change in i5 2 core to i7 4 core? don't want to spend $$$ if DS 4.5 pro does not take advantage of this.
3.) I now have 32 bit O/S and only 4 Gig RAM, plan to get 8 or 16 Gig RAM Memory running on Winndows 7 64 bit, Will DS 4.5 pro use more memory? can I asign more though regedit or switch? Has anyone seen a big change 8 or 12 or 16 Gig RAM, can DS 4.5 pro even take advantage of this?
4.) The last is the Video card !!!, I know DS 4.0 still uses OpenGL 1.6, but new video card now use OpenGL 4.2 and DirectX 11.1, Does DS 4.5 use a newer version of OpenGL ? I do not know if the high end video card will work with older versions. I am looking at one of the Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or 590 or 690 OEM (put OEM has been turn down in spec alittle) has anyone had good luck with thsese cards? I use the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 540 1 Gig RAM card now, it still supports OpenGL 1.6 and is the fastst card my PC will support.
5.) I am looking to get 1 of the 3 systems, $900.00 = Alienware™ X51 mini, $1,200.00 XPS 850 tower, $1,500.00 Alienware Aurora tower. I know 2 of these are gaming system but they have all the CPU cores, speed and high end video cards.... Has anyone had any issues with DS 4.x Pro on theses systems????
If anyone has tested or upgraded PC and had good luck with newest high end hard ware please help.