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Hello people! I am buying a laptop workstation to use while traveling for a few months later this year and I don't know if I should buy a laptop with a Quadro or a GTX card in it. What are the pros & cons? (price excluded) Does Houdini run better in general on Quadro cards? Also, feel free to drop some laptop recommendations if you have any! I've got my eyes on a Dell Precision 7710. Best regards, //Simon
Hello All, I am new to these forums and this is my first post. I am almost as new to Houdini as I am to these forums, so I am just learning Houdini using Apprentice. Houdini works just fine on my current computer, but it is pretty outdated at this point. It was built back in 2007! So I'm looking at upgrading with a completely new build. I've done a good amount of research related to a computer build that would work pretty well with Houdini and based on that I've put together a build. I would like to get some thoughts as to how this build looks and any suggestions and/or recommendations for what to change. The build is linked here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lhI9 I do have some questions related to some of the info that I've found in my research: - Is 64 GB of RAM overkill for someone just starting to learn Houdini? I'm thinking of dropping the extra set of 32 GB to save some money. Although $30 off seems like it is a good deal... - I am most likely going to remove the second GTX 680 from the build to save money. How valueable is it to have that second GPU? If I keep (or add later) the second GPU, should the two GPUs be connected via their multi-GPU connector (SLI for nVidia)? Or should the 2 cards be left unconnected? I've never used a multi-GPU setup so I'm not 100% how to configure them. - I've read about different combinations of SSDs and HDDs. What is a recommended setup? In the build you'll see that I've included 1 SSD. Is it worthwhile (value wise) to get a second SSD and have them in Raid 0? I already have 2 1TB 7200 rpm drives in my current computer that I can use. How should I utilize those in this new build? I read a mention of setting up the SSD as a local cache and using regular HDDs for files. Does Houdini use the OS disk as a default local cache, or does that need to be configured? Any suggestions and insight here is very helpful! - This is kind of a random question...I've read that nVidia cards are better for the viewport while AMD cards perform better with OpenCL. What about installing an nVidia card as the main GPU for viewport and installing an AMD card as a second GPU. Then set Houdini to use the AMD card as the OpenCL card? Does this even make sense or is it just a silly idea? What would the advantages and disadvantages be? - I am very much in need of a new mouse and keyboard. You'll see the ones I selected in the build. What input devices do you guys use? Which mouse and keyboard? - Displays. I currently own a BenQ 241W and use a very old Dell 2005FPW as a second monitor. I'd like to upgrade my displays, though I'm not sure what to do yet: get a second 24" or upgrade to a 27"? Which displays and display setups are suggested for Houdini work? Many thanks for your time and suggestions. I look forward to learning much about Houdini from all the awesome info and people in this forum. Hopefully I'll be able to give back one day. Cheers.
I am about to build my first workstation which will be Houdini orientated, I did an extensive research on hardware and I though it may be useful to share it for people who may be in the same place. Also I would like to submit a couple of question which I didn't manage to answer myself. First of all, lets start with my build. Because currently I am not in a place to spend a large amount of money in a super workstation, I have designed two different builds, the first one "budget workstation" is going to use few hardware which I am currently own and it will build on top of those and keeping in mind the second build "ultimate workstation" as an update which may come next year. Why not waiting until have all the money? Because my current pc it's so slow, which is impossible to do anything with houdini. here is the hardware of the two builds: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZAVK_vq2cCobbnTsV2ryMokLOaKSBBpK48gX8xX8H74/edit Questions: 1. What is best combination of nvidia? (one for OpenCL and the other for display) 2. Tesla C2075 and GTX 680 can be in the same setup? 3. Is it true that is better to go with the best (Noctua) air cooling than a cheap (Hydro Series™ H60) water cooling? 4. Any suggestion? Please share your experience on the listed hardware or your own setups. cheers