- 64 bit operating systems
- 4+ GB of RAM so that you comfortably run one or more virtualized
operating systems at full peformance.
- As many cores as you can get, since tools like PyMOL can already make
use N-cores on some tasks and will increasingly do so in the future.
- nVidia based video card, since ATI/AMD's drivers have problems with
OpenGL "immediate mode" rendering and since Intel can't compete on raw
- nVidia Quadro vs. nVidia GeForce
The Quadro is a lot more money, but you'll likely have access to
profesional-grade stereo 3D visualization. In your shoes, I would
probably buy a $250 USD GeForce card today and replace it with a $1,500
USD Quadro card if/when the extra cost is justified by the availability
of a 120 Hz time-sequential stereo 3D LCD solution.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Luca Varani [mailto:luca.varani@...]
> Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2009 9:17 AM
> To: pymol-users@...
> Subject: [PyMOL] Build a new pc for 3d stereo display
> I hope you can help me with a rather practical matter.
> I need to build a new pc, to be used mainly for molecular
> visualization in stereo 3d.
> Subjects will range from small proteins to large virus
> surfaces displayed with pymol (and chimera when pymol fails).
> The system would have to be dual boot linux/vista, and I
> assume that I need the 64bit versions so that I can use a lot
> of memory (6/8 Gb).
> I wonder if you can recommend a system for the task and in particular:
> - which processor (Dual or quad core)?
> - which graphic card?
> - I can wait a few months for the stereo capabilities
> (doesn't have to be the Zalman monitor now), but I would
> really like to buy the right system as soon as possible.
> Thanks a lot for the help,
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