Hey, i am a senior in high school, and i am also a member of FIRST Robotics (www.firstrobotics.org) (i think i am on dial up...) anyways, part of the requirements for participating in FIRST Robotics, is our team has to make a 30 second animation clip in 3DS Max 2006. Well, our school purchased 3 licenses of the software.. I have one, and 2 of the school pc's have one. The school's PC's are P4's with HT (around 1.8-2.4GHz), 512MB ram, i think ddr400, and on board Intel graphic accelerators. they are really slow rendering... like 3 and a half hours to render 100 frames (about 15 seconds). I estimate, when i have everything done, on the school pc's, it should take around 10 to 20 hours to render... And if it messes up, i have to start over again. My PC, is an AMD 4000+, 2GB DDR400 Dual channel, and an ATI X1950Pro Xtreme Edition. My pc is about twice as fast to render then the school pc's. Buy a friend of mine has an ATI FireGL v3100 pci x 16. If i put that card in, would it render faster? or how could i make my PC render animation faster???