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# 4 06-12-2006 , 02:20 PM
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gster123 said, 'At the moment, I think, the fastest processors that you can get are the new Intel Core 2 Xenons (think there have the prefix "woodcrest" or something like that.)'

The latest models out there are the new Xeon 5300 series 'Clovertown'. Its a quad core processor with 8 MB of L2 cache (2 per a core) and they come in two different versions with the high end one with a faster bus. The downside is that they cost a lot more than other CPUs.

Anways, as for the disks, it depends what you will be doing in Maya and other apps. If you are going to do alot of disk intensive work, a 10K or 15K rpm hard drive on SCSI will be a lot faster than a standard 7.5K rpm SATA drive.

As for the stuff regarding Maya 8 and 32 bit, is Maya 32 bit or 64. If its 32, adding extra memory wouldn't do much as Maya can only see a small portion of it. Plus, most motherboards, even enthusiast ones out there rarely support more than 4 GB unless you buy a dual processor one.

If you really want the best (or are at least interested), the boxx apex8 is one of the most powerful workstations out there with 8 AMD Opteron processors and 32 GB of ram. Too bad it costs 100 grand.