Finally got my new computer! This thing is waaay faster than i expected and is around 10 times faster at rendering than the old Porkchop Express. Goodbye Porkchop Express, you're too old and slow now. Hello Meow Calculator!
Here are the full specs:
Intel Core i7-6700
16gb Corsair DDR4 RAM
120gb Kingston Hyper X Fury SSD
1tb Western Digital Blue HDD
Gigabyte GA-H170-HD3 Motherboard
NZXT S340 ATX Case
Thermaltake Litepower 500w PSU
Logitech Wireless M280 Mouse & K240 Keyboard
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
I decided not to get a graphics card because the integrated HD 530 graphics are more than good enough for using the viewports in 3ds max and other programs, and I'm not really much of a gamer. This Skylake series i7 processor only uses 65w of power and runs nice and cool with the standard heatsink, an important consideration due to the fact that i live in the sub-tropics without airconditioning. Even with a gigantic third party heatsink, the Core 2 Quad processor in the Porkchop Express always ran hot and I always tried to avoid rendering on hot days. Apparently everyone scrambles to get the i7-6700k, but in reality it's only a tiny bit faster than the 6700 and I'm more interested in low temps than in overclocking.
All up it cost me $1171 Australian Dollarydoos (around $833 USD) which is a very good price, considering everything costs like 10 zillion times more here.
The performance of this thing has completely blown me away, and I'm experimenting with 3D stuff again and exploring possibilities far beyond what the old system could achieve. Here are a couple of benchtests that show exactly how much faster this beast is:
As for the name, Dagny suggested "meow" and my mind-brain complex miraculously connected the concept of home computing with the dream of calculation. Lo, Meow Calculator came to be.
<-Enjoy your retirement in the cupboard, you've earned it!