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VMWare / Virtualization for 3D Graphics (Home Design Programmes)

Hi,

I am working with some "home designers" - they use a home design programme for Windows and have PC's that are outdated.

So far, they have various machines that are slowly outdated and have been replacing those as required - they sketch out a design on floorplans, and then render them for photo realistic views - which on some of the machines can take over 45 mins. During the render, you cannot use anything else in the programme.

So, I am looking at options - and am considering:

1) A high end machine to do the rendering on - so they would open up the files required for rendering and do them on this machine - and keeping their machine for just doing the low end floorplans.

2) A very high end machine with VMWare or similar virtualization software on it - so in this instance, their PC's would become terminals only - as not everyone render's right at the same time, I would have thought that it would make sense to do it this way but I am not very clued up as to hardware virtualization.

Basically, what I am looking for is a graphics slave server - that the rest of the PC's can harness the power of but don't know how to go about it.

Views and comments appreciated!

Thanks and good weekend to you all
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Thank you Hancoccka.

Would this be any good  / worth considering?
http://www.miniframe.com/products/softxpand-2011-duo.html
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I agree with hanccooka, is you have to run a 3D intensive app, the best way to go is to user a high powered workstation and not a VDI.

IN my organization we have a handful of users that use high end Dell Precision workstations to run AutoCAD and work great
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