(For my previous post about this, click here)

The computer we got is:

CPU: AMD Athlon II x2 250 3.0 GHZ (dual core)
RAM: 4 gig DDR 3 (600 mhz)
Motherboard: Asus M4A79XTD
Hard drive: 320 gigs (at least this was labeled)

So, in summary it is slightly better than my old computer, so I decided it’d be worth the trouble to transfer my old computer’s components onto this system. Yup, I’m using it as I post this update. Most of the boost in speed will be from the 2 extra gigs of ram, and the fact it is DDR 3 instead of DDR 2 (my old comp only supported DDR2). Maybe that will just barely be enough to help me avoid having to composite the living HELL out of EP 005.03 when it is finally ready for renders. Compositing (through Lightwave) is a way to circumvent inferior hardware/lack of memory, but it adds a lot of work and complexity to the whole process and last minute changes/adjustments are even harder to make.

My old computer will essentially be turned into a render box/utility system. I think I may have a junker video card lying around but am not sure if it even works… I’ll deal with that later. I decided not to use the 320 gig hard drive on my new system, so it will be plugged into my old one.

EDIT: damn… this thing runs cool; 17c. My old comp ran at 40-50c under the same operating conditions.