Q1: Are these specs good for pushing some pixels and polygons around?
Q2: What is the most important piece of hardware to achive speed and smooth handling of big files?[/quote:ec449884e3]
Q1 – sound decent enough
Q2 – Speed and smooth handling – In Max, your graphics card is used for viewport acceleration only, so for navigation of big scenes this would be key. For rendering speed, CPU and RAM are most important. The dual core CPU is a good choice, Max and ZBrush both make use of multi core and multithreading. I’d be surprised if the latest Photoshop (CS3) didn’t utilise all procs too.