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  05 May 2017
New computer advice

My last computer custom built was in 2011-2012.

I need a computer to use with Maya, Zbrush, After Effects etc.

My main concern is better handling video resolutions for editing/compositing in AE. My current computer comes close to choking the closer I get to 2K videos with a few layers so I would like to get that resolved so I can do full rez compositing with relative ease.

My budget $2000 Canadian though flexible.

My current one:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 is my graphics card.
AMD FX 8120 Eight Core processor
32 GB

so I am looking for advice on what I need for a quality upgrade.
Thanks.
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  05 May 2017
Do you need more single-cpu or multi-thread-cpu power?
I am not familiar with maya/zbrush, are you more into modeling or rendering stuff?
AE, is single cpu app, right?
Much more important is, are you using hardware/ CUDA render within AE?
You probably know, you can unlock it, by simple adding your cards name in txt file, like here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY9GDKqnUOw
or like written here
http://www.thefakingof.net/2012/02/...a-acceleration/
so, maybe some of little monters can really speed up your AE
http://www.pcgamer.com/geforce-gtx-1080-ti-review/

Otherwise, the only choice you have regarding CPU is either i7-7700K or AMD ryzen 1700.

At last but not least, I would strongly suggest you to wait 3-6 months for upgrade, as new AMD/ Intel CPUs are on the way, so you will have much more better price and overall choice in the fall of 2017, just my 2cc...
Like i9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr36tTbhcfc
or
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUuuuah2md8

You were on the same rig for years, so why dont just wait some 3-6 months more and pick up the best on the market? Just my personal thought...

This will be the future for 6 months
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv8voIip2UA


Check some AE ryzen test
https://www.youtube.com/results?sea...n+after+effects
https://www.youtube.com/results?sea...ry=ryzen+zbrush
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ryzen+maya


Otherwise, if you do not want to wait, with AMD 1700 or Intel i7-7700 you can not make bad choice.
Cheers!
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Last edited by okmijun : 05 May 2017 at 09:02 PM.
 
  05 May 2017
Thanks for the detailed response! Yeah it isn't a hurry.
I probably can boost my video handling with some adjustments, but I am thinking long term, since I should probably be able to handle up to 4K with decent results (I realize uprezzing is useful).

Do you need more single-cpu or multi-thread-cpu power?

**Good question.

I am not familiar with maya/zbrush, are you more into modeling or rendering stuff?

**well both. I do modelling and rendering. I dont find it too much of a hassle with modelling-though I had been using mudbox more often--and after a few million polys it does start to choke so I should deal with that as well.

I am thinking of a long term purchase since I don't plan to get another for a few years.
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