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  12 December 2017
help building a rendering computer

my boss wants me to build him a new work and render computer
i am not up to date with current hardware and would like some advice, 
most prominent software we use are:

maya (arnold)
sketchup (vray)
substance designer 

the computer is used to both work and render
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  12 December 2017
how big is the budget..?
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  12 December 2017
around 5-6k $
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  12 December 2017
5-6K is a lot of money for any single workstation, so either you are planning for way more money than necessary or there are some things you expect that are costly.
Does the budget include monitors (if yes which size/features, how many?), input devices (Wacom?) or printers?
What tasks are planned? Animation (CA, MoGraph, ...), or visualisation? Large renderings (billboards ...) or HD or even 4K animations?
Should backup devices/media be included?
Are software costs extra?
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  12 December 2017
what if you could build a workstation plus 3 or 4 render computers?
Is linux an option or do you need to include windows licenses in the budget?
 
  12 December 2017
windows license is part of the cost, so are monitors (but with them i dont need help)
as for the software we are going to run on the computer, that is paid for already.
wacom is paid for seperatly, this is the budget for the machine it self,
its the GPU and CPU i need help with the most
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  12 December 2017
AsRock makes a nice miniITX B350 board for the ryzen 1700 - good value for a render machine(s)

The workstation, depends on if you're willing to pay the intel premium to get faster single-threaded performance or not, otherwise IMO I'd go AMD all the way be it ryzen or threadripper
 
  12 December 2017
Quicky Ryzen 1700 setup, for $2045.26:

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Infer...ss/saved/QX2THx

Component         Selection     Base     Promo     Shipping     Tax     Price     Where     
CPU     
    
AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor
    $288.58                 $288.58     OutletPC     
CPU Cooler     
    
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
    $29.99     -$10.00     FREE         $19.99     Newegg     
$10.00 mail-in rebate
    
Motherboard     
    
MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard
    $96.88     -$20.00             $76.88     OutletPC     
$20.00 mail-in rebate
    
Memory     
    
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
    $368.88         Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime         $368.88     Amazon     
Storage     
    
Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
    $299.00         FREE         $299.00     B&H     
    
    
Western Digital - Caviar Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    $178.89                 $178.89     OutletPC     
Video Card     
    
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card
    $409.99         FREE         $409.99     B&H     
Case     
    
NZXT - H630 (White) ATX Full Tower Case
    $129.99         Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime         $129.99     Amazon     
Power Supply     
    
EVGA - SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
    $104.89     -$15.00             $89.89     OutletPC     
$15.00 mail-in rebate
    
Optical Drive     
    
LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
    $46.29                 $46.29     OutletPC     
Operating System     
    
Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
    $146.88     -$10.00             $136.88     OutletPC     
$10.00 mail-in rebate
    
Base Total:     $2100.26             
Mail-in Rebates:     -$55.00             
Total:     $2045.26        
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  12 December 2017
If it is for rendering you want at least an AMD Threadripper 1950x 16 core CPU (very good value for money), or an even more powerful Intel Xeon (not very good value for money).

If your budget is 6K, you could go for a 32 Core AMD EPYC 7501 CPU (about 3400 Dollars for the CPU). Any CPU renderers like Arnold and VRay will really fly on that CPU.

Just add plenty of RAM and a good Nvidia GPU and you're pretty much set.
 
  12 December 2017
The Epyc is a 2 GHz CPU which makes it an abysmal workstation CPU.
For a workstation that allows for good render speed and extension for more GPU rendering capabilities i would get something like this
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/6Fkk4C
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  12 December 2017
thanks for all the detailed advice,
as for gpu is a quadro recommended
any thoughts about titan V, worth it?
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  12 December 2017
Quadros only have extra value if you have a use for their specific features. If you don't know which features these are you don't need them
Usually those features are CAD application specific, DCC applications seldmoly have a use and if they have it is often related to the use of Quad bufffers for stereoscopic previews, a feature barely used at all.
Otherwise the price premium of the Quadros makes them prohibitivley expensive when compared to gaming cards.
The Titan series is a bit similar in that you realy have to have the need for their spped or features to cough up the extra bucks. In general a, or three, 1080 will do the job just fine. Again, if you don't know why EXACTLY you need it, don't buy it.
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