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Joe PresswoodWhat is the best expansion for a Workstation computer to get more out of Particle systems? (fumefx,realflow)
by on May 26, 2013 at 5:13:18 pm

To get more out of particle systems like Fumefx, Thinking particles, Realflow, what would be the best direction?
1.Add more Ram? If so, how Much... 64 to 128 gb?
2.Add another Graphics Card?
3.Add another E5-2660 Processor to make it a 16 core 32 hyperthread?
I have about $2000.00 to play with. Where should it go?

My Computer config:
Z820 Workstation
Windows 7 Professional 64bit OS US
HP Z820 1125W 90 Efficient Chassis
Intel Xeon E5-2660 2.2 20M 1600 8C 1 CPU
NVIDIA Quadro K2000 2GB 1st GFX
24GB DDR3-1600 4x4GB+4x2GB 1CPU RAM
1TB 7200 RPM SATA 2nd HDD
500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3rd HDD
16X DVD-ROM SATA 1st ODD
256GB SATA 1st SSD


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David ChappellRe: What is the best expansion for a Workstation computer to get more out of Particle systems? (fumefx,realflow)
by on May 31, 2013 at 4:36:33 pm

Well as far as I know PFlow isn't multi-threaded, due to the complexity of calculating particles (someone else may know if this has changed in 2014?) so the extra processor won't help.

And I don't think any of the calculations are using the graphics card so forget that.

So the only real way I see to directly aid PFlow would be to buy more RAM - and/or a faster primary processor.

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