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    Alex
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    Manuele
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    Brooklyn, NY
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  1. I struggled with this decision. I set a target of $3000 (I didn't build the system myself) and either the i9-7900 or the 1950X Threadripper pushed beyond that limit. But I envy you - dual 1080Ti's and the 1950, wow.
  2. Glad to hear you're happy. Just put an order in for a rig with the same specs - i7-7820 / GTX-1070Ti Two week build time, wish it was quicker
  3. Object Fly-around Render

    That looks interesting. Any way to get an older copy of QT that supports VR?
  4. Feeling discouraged about the industry

    Had a similar experience to you - one company slid from dominance to irrelevance over the course of 2 years, another company with offices in NY, Miami, LA & Portland announced on a Friday that paychecks were going to be delayed a couple of days and then closed their doors on Monday (but they made good on the paychecks). I'm freelance now. There's ups and downs with this kind of life but at least I'm not at the mercy of somebody else's bad accounting practices. You have to be out in the field, banging on doors, following up leads, always looking for the next client. And you have to be available to work anytime, weekends and evenings, in order to compensate for the days that you don't have work. But I've done well the last couple of years so right now freelance seems the way to go for me. You might want to try it.
  5. An update - Your advice was crucial, without your input I would have stuck the nozzle of the fan right into the case. In my old location the computer was in a corner, awkward to get at and clean. I've moved and now I have a desk in the middle of the room so I can do maintenance easily and frequently. And therefore avoid the situation shown in the attached photo (looking at the bottom of the case).
  6. Thanks for that reply. It helped to clarify things for me. I got similar advice on the Rhino forum. I'm moving in a week so that will be a good time to get the computer up on a table to check dust, fans and anything else that seems to be a problem.
  7. Thanks. Exactly what I'm looking for.
  8. No. Intel i7-6700 (I know, it's old but it's what I've got).
  9. This is outside of my technical knowledge (as most things are) so bear with me if the answer is obvious. I've also posted this in the Thea and the Rhino forums. I'm just starting to do some simple animations in Cinema and when I render Core Temp (a CPU temperature gauge) tells me that the temperature on my CPU is going into the red zone at 100%. Scary. I only have one computer right now and I depend on it to pay my bills. Is there anyway to tell the computer to only use a certain amount of resources while rendering? I would accept longer render times to avoid a burnt out chip. I can set the Core Temp program to provide overheating protection but that shuts down the program or the computer when a certain temperature is reached. I want to keep rendering but using less resources so I don't overheat. Is this possible? Thanks in advance for any advice you've got.
  10. Thanks for the quick reply
  11. Am I correct in reading the product page to mean that after paying for a permanent license there's a $250 yearly maintenance fee that, if not paid, the software will not function? Or does the product page mean that keeping the maintenance current means you'll be able to use any new version but if you don't paythe maintenance fee you'll still be able to use the version you bought.
  12. Bitcoin , GPU costs and future Rendering

    The investment bubble and the expanding use of cryptos are two different things. The investment bubble could burst without affecting the expansion of cryptos as financial vehicles. Sort of like the Internet stock bubble - because that burst doesn't mean the Internet went down with it. Cryptos are probably here to stay.
  13. Studio MSA Price Increase

    The email says the MSA hasn't been increased since the year it began - 2008. And in the Americas this will only affect the Studio version.
  14. Object not seen but shadow is?

    Thanks so much, as is so often the case with your replies - made my day easier and more productive.
  15. Simple question - is there a way to not see an object but to see it's shadow in a render? Client wants to see the shadow of a mannequin projected on a wall but not the mannequin itself. Thanks in advance for any suggestions

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