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s o u t h e r n
04-21-01, 08:24 AM
I just ordered an AMD 1.3gig TBird, 512meg ram, An nNvidia GeForce2 DDR GTS 64meg, a ABIT KTA raid board, over 60gig of space on two drives in a server tower.
Will that be any better for ZBrush than my PII 333 with 128meg ram....
HAHA...You bet it will...
Is there anything I should change in that lot??? A fellow ZB`er advised me some months ago and I can`t remember which one of you it was. But thanks.
04-21-01, 09:14 AM
Hey good to see you are on board! ZBrush Forever! Sounds like a great system. I'm getting a laptop with a 15 inch screen, so what is the best method for mouse control? I know you said you use a portable.
"The eye of Pixolator sees all" :eek:
Southern, sounds like an AWESOME system! The perfect Z-machine! I'm almost done researching to build my own new system and mine could be similar to yours, slthough I might get the ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon instead, and maybe a slightly slower processor. That Abit KT7A-Raid board looks like a real winner. Congratulations! I'm jealous!
Stevie, if you could get a Wacom tablet to work with your system, I would seriously recommend it. I just got one last week and it adds a LOT more control over Zbrush, as well as any other graphics program. Hell, I hardly use the mouse at all any more. Check out Wacom's website for a KILLER deal on factory refurbished Intuos tablets. Mine is perfect, and cost less than HALF of what they sell for online or in stores! Good luck with your decision. :confused:
04-21-01, 01:45 PM
I'm going to throw my two cents in here-I've got 900 AMD T-Bird with 640 megs of ram and a
30 GIG HD and a 32megDDR Hercules Prophet
GeForce 2.Last weekend I kind of went nuts and bought a 21"Hitachi CMB23F monitor which
is set up(resolution wise)for the new GeForce3's.
That is the next purchase.The 128megs of
DDR ram is supposed to run an ungodly res of
2048x1536 on this monitor-don't know if that is the god's truth but what the heck,I'm
04-21-01, 02:53 PM
04-21-01, 02:56 PM
I'll be around to burgle your house shortly.
04-21-01, 04:18 PM
s o u t h e r n:
The two most important items are the CPU speed and available system memory. The larger that images that you are planning to do, the more impact the amount of system memory and the memory speed would have.
Bottom line, you can except to have lots of fun with your new system :)
The capability to combine 3D objects and be able to reposition previously placed 3D objects is one of the most requested features and it will be (prior to version 1.5) fully implemented in ZBrush.
In fact, I will post today/tonight some info about an undocumented feature that is currently available in the version that you currently have (version1.13). This feature is not documented because it has not been completed, but still, it can be helpful when creating an object that is composed from several 3D objects.
As to your 2nd post :)...
Some of you have known me for a while as Pixelator (I've since had to change the spelling), and we've enjoyed swapping ideas and information about ZBrush.
My reasons for taking an alias were simple and straightforward:
First, I wanted to get candid, honest feedback from other creative people on ZBrush and my artwork. I didn't want my role as developer to cloud your opinions of my images while at the same time I didn't want my weaknesses as an artist to reflect badly on the program.
Second, I wanted people to freely express their opinions of the program, positive or negative, without diluting them in the presence of someone so close to it. Incidentally, I'm hoping you can feel free to exercise the same freedom in ZBrushCentral.
I've truly enjoyed our interactions so far, and I hope you have too. ZBrush itself has already benefited greatly from user feedback and it is my sincere wish that we can continue to develop a stronger sense of community as we continue to develop a better program.
;) "HERE - HERE", Pixolater & have Z good one..... :cool: Mark.
Excuse me, did Pixolator say "weaknesses as an artist", referring to himself? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! That's a good one. Pixolator, I put NORRR on my Windows background for a long time to INSPIRE ME to learn more about your wonderful program, every time I turn on the computer. If you have any weaknesses as an artist, please share them with us, so we can believe you're human, just like the rest of us. Thanks once again. :D
A l m a r K
04-22-01, 02:58 PM
If you haven't already bought it there two things to consider. the first is DDR memory for the main memory. The second is www.overclockers.co.uk (http://www.overclockers.co.uk) they can give you advice about buying a motherboard CPU combination that will be clockable. The memory for AMD's have to be spot on, no cheap stuff, otherwise it will refuse to boot.
For example see http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_OcUK__Tornado_Ice_Box__Bundles_19 .html for systems and http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_AMD_TBird_Bundles_40.html for CPU /motherboard / and coolers.
I hope this helps.
04-23-01, 08:14 AM
I think I was the one that recommended that motherboard to you Southern, it's the one I've got and I've been quite pleased with it. :) Sounds like a killer ZMachine to me.
s o u t h e r n
04-23-01, 09:27 AM
Added one small thing, another 512meg. I now has 1024MEG of RAM..... I need a bag of nails to fix it to the floor. The damn thing has got wheels (and I`m not joking).
The company uses the KT7 board for the servers it builds and the tower is massive. I will let you all know later how it performs with ZBrush.
Has anyone else experience of this graphics card, a Winfast Geforce2 GTS DDR AGPx4/x2 (it is only the 32 not the 64 version)
S O U T H E R N
04-23-01, 09:57 AM
Cool! Let us know how it works. Too bad it won't speed up Internet access. ;)
Did you hear they just released the Pentium 4 - 1.7ghz CPU at half price? (USA-$500).
Thou I heard the Pentium 4 wasn't that hot, and it would be the last of the pentium brand. Maybe its those weird blue guys scaring everyone away.
s o u t h e r n
04-25-01, 12:12 AM
LET ME TELL YOU....
There is nothing wrong with this spec for using ZBrush. Bearing in mind everything I have created to date has been on a PII 333 with 128meg or my 266 laptop with 96meg.
I am modelling with maximum hdivide/vdivide with no lag.
I have created documents upto 3000x3000 with no slow down.
It imports fast, saves fast, hasn`t yet crashed, I`m in heaven.
I am running Photoshop 6, ZBrush, outlook, ftp client, IE5 on Millenium OS all at the same time with no slow down.
I changed the spec a little and settled for an AMD 1gig TBird, 1 gig of memory, KT7 RAID Board, 2x30gig drives (takes up to 8 EIDEs) and a Geforce 2 GTS DDR (only the 32meg but thats cool anyway)
I like to push machines with software before upgrading and I like to think I got my moneys worth out of My Amiga 1200 6meg my DX266 8meg, my P1 233 16 meg, my PII 333 128 meg and I hope to keep this baby for many a year.
I will let you know. First images by the end of the week I hope.
04-25-01, 06:14 AM
Cool! So I know I'm started in the right upgrade path then. ;) I hope you get those picks up this week, I'm always anxious to see what you've got in store. :)
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