I was wondering if I could pick your brains concerning a newPC build.
About my needs…
I am a freelance 3D artist with intense workloads (I alsofrequently dabble in Motion Graphics / Video Editing too). My main pieces of
software are Cinema 4D, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Photoshop. Fast render
times and fast real time graphic displays are my ultimate goals. My old custom
PC lasted 10 years, I’d like something which is good enough to launch me into
the next 10 years
Budget = Around £3k (ish)
Although I do have SOME ‘technical’ know-how about PCbuilding, just assume I’m a total tech newb…
So here’s a list of components I’ve kind of loosely’spit-balled’ together. I would be fantastic if y’all might take the time to
take a look and provide any comments / pointers / words of wisdom with this (as
I am very much in the dark with this whole process! I’ve already done a lot of
‘‘Googling’’ but nothing beats a good ole forum posting )
I’m aware that GPU rendering is supposedly the ‘future’ of 3Drendering, but a LOT of my workflow is still tied up in traditional CPU
rendering. My current processor is a ‘‘Core i7 x980’’, I’d like to have
something markedly more powerful, so this processor caught my eye…
‘‘Intel Core 19-7940x’’
2 GRAPHICS CARD
I heard through the grapevine that apparently the NVIDIA GTX1080 is the top dog on the block? As a 3D artist I want to be well equipped to
deal with the demands of GPU rendering, VR etc … I see there are two
versions… A ‘GTX 1080’ and a ‘GTX 1080 Ti’. What’s the deal with the ‘Ti’?
They’re roughly £300 more expensive. Is the boost in quality worth it?
Otherwise, here’s a standard 1080 I found…
So this is where my newbishness starts to show… Firstly,I’m not interested in ‘‘pretty’’ designs (L.E.D’s / flashy ‘pro gamer’
aesthetics etc) if it means the price is upped because of it. Is ‘having
multiple graphics cards in a motherboard’ a thing? If so, then I’d definitely
like a motherboard which has the ability for me to put more GFX cards in it, in
the future. I also believe that mobos with ’ X299’ in the title are compatible
with the Core i9 processors?
I also require a maximum RAM capacity of 128GB, and theability to have M.2 storage, as well as SSD storage (possibly TWO SSD’s).
Otherwise, I’ve just kinda blindly picked these threeoptions out.
So my current PC has 24GB of RAM, and it’s not uncommon formy SUPER INTENSIVE 3D scenes to cause bottlenecks (and I’m making a LOT of
intensive scene files these days). So ultimately, I want to gun for BIG ram
capacity. That’s why I want to make sure to choose mobo options with 128 GB ram
I understand that mobos with 128GB ram capacity, would needEIGHT 16gb sticks to max out. I would probably purchase just TWO 16gb sticks
for now (totalling 32GB). I just want the freedom to increase my RAM in the
future if needs be. So here’s some RAM sticks I’ve found…
Again, I’m really newbish in this department. Am I right inthinking that M.2 is the ‘best’ type of storage? In my mind I’m thinking it
would be nice to have one 1TB M.2 (for the OS and all the main stuff) and an
extra 1TB SSD (with the freedom on the mobo to add in more internal storage
devices at a later date). For an M.2 device I found this…
6 ALL THE REST
As to fans, PCU’s, optical drives and Tower Units, Ihonestly have no idea. I guess I’ll need to figure out everything above before
I build a picture of what these things should be.
In any case, that’s what I’ve come up with so far! Like Isaid, although I do have some knowledge about custom PC building, a lot of what
I’ve chosen here are somewhat ‘shots in the dark’, so I’d REALLY appreciate any
guidance on this! Back in 2009 I did the same thing on this forum, and you guys
were INCREDIBLY helpful in helping me formulate a list of components to buy. So
I am very much looking forward to any words of wisdom y’all can throw my way!
Thanks for taking the time to read