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    Building a computer for 3d animation and visual effects


      I have an Intel computer that I built with Windows 7 x64, a Core 2 quad 9550, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro FX1800 graphics card, 3 500GB hardrives (7200rpm). I'm running highly computational 3d animation software inclulding 3ds Max, RealFlow, Vue, GeoControl2, and others. In the last month, I have had 3 crashes, lost 3 drives and have been down for over a month.   A hardship. I thought I had a pretty stout computer,but evidently not. I've taken it to a shop to have the problem analyzed again. The last time they said the harddrives were generating too much heat so they put in another fan. That lasted 2 weeks. I'm down as we speak.


      Perhaps someone in the forum has an idea for fixing my problem, but short of that, I'd like to ask what Intel products would be most applicable to the above software, and what graphics board would do the best job.


      I'm really frustrated, so any help would be greatly appreciated.



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