Posted on March 8, 2011

Arcana -- Updated 03/08/11

I’ve added the dual and triple-screen versions of “Arcana” to the Members gallery this morning. The different camera angle worked well for the “Inner Workings” multiscreens so I thought I would try it again here. The original single-screen has a bit of an unconventional angle so I moved the camera down to ground level for a more intimate view on the scene.

I’ve also added a crop of the new camera angle for single screen users in the Pickle Jar.


My recent render-times have made it painfully clear that I need some new hardware. In the past I have purchased pre-built systems but this time I am looking to assemble it myself. To that end I have begun a list of components at my favorite online computer store.

As you will see from the list, I am stuck between using a 4U “barebones server” as a starting point, or purchasing the case/mobo/psu a la carte. One system would use SAS drives and the other SATA 6GB/s (I have listed both).

I’m not certain I trust SSDs enough yet. I know they are fast though.

Both systems would use dual six-core Xeons running at 3.46 GHz and would use at least 24 GB of RAM. 48 would be nicer of course…

Anyway I would love to hear in any advice you guys might have on this setup. Also I am thinking of opening this up to sponsorship so drop me a line if you are interested.

Otherwise I will rely, as always, on memberships, renewals, and donations.

Thanks and check back for the “Arcana” multiscreens shortly!