Well, I can only suggest your saving up patiently as I did for a stronger machine and quad-core is the best way to go, as far as I'm concerned. And trust me, you will NOT be disappointed with the results!
Rendering fractals is not like rendering traditional 3d I guess... My render times can take up to 10hrs for a single frame and I have a I7 hexa-core @ 2.8Ghz... And yes, powerful PCs are a good investment
Well, I still have my Pentium 4 computer and will try Mandelbulb 3D on it, just to see what happens--if anything at all, that is! I almost bought a dual-core machine but decided to spend a bit more and got the quad-core which seems to have been the best bet. But I waited patiently for a long time, saving up money for the Quad. And I'm only having a chance now after many weeks to really get rolling with some of the more demanding 3D graphics programs which are out there. But the whole thing is just great and I certainly recommend your getting a stronger PC for...2011!?
The most demanding 3d stuff you'll find out there are render programs and video games. Other than that, it's really not that demanding. However, raytracers and other big render packages will kill your PC, regardless of what machine you have. So that's why it's better to stay in the spectrum of realtime, especially when you're new to 3d and you don't really know what you're doing. And also, with a brand new hexa-core at 2.8 Ghz, 16 gigs of Ram and a Ati rad. HD 5800, I certainly believe I won't need something better for a looooooooooooong time...
Hi Alain and for sure video games and render programs are the most demanding programs. I don't use ray tracers as of now and will take my time with any of the new graphics programs I might use in the future. And it seems to me that you're in great shape...16 gigs of Ram?? Whoa...that's great! And an ATI 5800 is excellent also--I've got my Acer quad 2.8 Ghz and 8 gigs of Ram and an ATI 5570 which suits my needs and will be fine for quite some time. But you'll be flying for a looooooong time as you say with your PC powerhouse...good luck with your endeavours, Alain!
Yep--a fine machine, Alain and I have yet to discover its full potential. Not much time these days! And noooo, I'm not a gamer--once again, very little time due to work committments. But HALO 3 looked way cool!!