Hello everyone - my beloved workstation ended it 7 year lifespan today - and now i need a new one. Ive got most of it covered but the CPU market seems so confusing at the moment.
Im a 3D generalist who is currently attending 3D university - so i need a new workstation ASAP. I need it for rendering and simulation mostly (By far the most important part) but i also do quite a bit of gaming so i don’t think i qualify for a xeon. I do quite heavy renders with Arnold and Renderman - Simulations in real flow and Houdini and some other quite CPU hungry applications. I came from and Intel i7 3930K running 6 cores at 4.6 ghz with hypertreading on a gigabyte x79 UD5 motherboard.
Now where do i start with cpu’s ? I kinda want the high core count so i have been looking at the i9’s - but pricing seems insane for what im getting. My school is rocking ryzen 7 on their machines but honestly i feel like my old 3930k was equally fast - If not better especially in a gaming environment. Is threadripper worth the pricetag or what should i be looking at ? Pricing is not the most important thing - but i dont want to spend 2k on a cpu if i can get something that performs “Similar” to a fraction of the price.
Any advice welcome - and if you are running threadripper at home what are your thoughts ?
EDIT: And then i ofc need a motherboard with a matching chipset