New computer

A few days ago I finally received my new PC + monitor. These are the specs:

  • CPU: Intel core i7 860 quad (2.8Ghz)
  • GPU: nVidia GTS 250 (512MB)
  • RAM: 4GBB DDR3
  • ROM: 1TB HDD
  • Monitor is a 23" LG, running at 1920 x 1080

Isn't that awesome. :D

I'm dualbooting Ubuntu 9.10 and Windows 7 Ultimate at the moment, but I'm planning to run more linux distributions. (I've always wanted to try gentoo)

Here's a screen capture I took showing off Ubuntu with compiz and some other stuff.

Now I can finally have a much better blender workflow because this pc renders soooo much faster than my old laptop :)

I've already rendered an animation in LuxRender, which took just 60s per frame to get this good quality:

It's a shame that blender can't make use of multiple cores yet while baking (I know there's OpenMP, but I can't find 2.49 builds for linux with it, and I don't feel like building it myself), so I can't make use of all my 4 cores. Still I can now bake at much higher resolutions because of my 4GB of ram. So guess what, I baked a 500 resolution fluid simulation last night :)