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Old 16-09-2003, 08:26 AM   #1
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I might be leaving my current job in next 6-9 months (I completely boared here) and going freelance.
So I have to make the right HARDWARE decision a decision that I don't regret. This has to see me through for the next 2 years minimum.
I am earning descent money... in the future I might not get this chance for a while.

Right now I have a 1.6 Ghz Athlon (2000XP I think) PC with 1 GB of RAM and Geforce Ti4600 128mb ram video card. Plus I am using Maya 4.5. I am thinking of buying Maya 5.

Now would you buy -
a) A new powerfull desktop.
b) Stick with the above machine as desktop and get a new powerfull workstion laptop (Dell M60).

As I travel 2-3 hours for my current job a laptop would be handy to use the time for learning... plus in 9 months when I leave I could use this laptop for making presentations to the clients. Will a 9+ months old laptop be still able to handle Maya 5+?
What should I do
What would you do?
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Old 16-09-2003, 10:46 AM   #2
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Screw it I am getting M60 and Maya 5.
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I'm using a m60 and it is a very stunning machine. It is a bit bulky but packs alot of horse power.
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I will order it tonight.
You know there are 2 batteries to choose from- What is the difference. Does one allow 2 batteries to be used or something?
I will get minimum RAM and then buy the rest from crucial.

Roach if you are Mayaing how long does the battery last?
Can you leave it to render for 12+ hours without the laptop frying?
I will be either taking the best or the worst decision of my life tonight :-) :-(
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Oh and W2k or XP????????
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xp is more stable for maya than 2k its always getting patches to reinforce it self so your operating system doesnt crash in the event of critcal error.
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