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JL • 18 hours ago

Hello, I am going to get the High-Performance Build for using Maya and After Effects, will there be much difference if I get a SATA SSD? And will the new RTX Cores on the RTX Cards help to speed up rendering?

Finn • 1 week ago

Thanks for your great article, the High-Performance Build ($2500) seems to be perfect for me.
I just wanted to ask wether this Build is still up-to-date or wether there are better parts out now for the same price.

Thank you

Daniel • 6 days ago

Yes, this guide's builds are still kept up-to-date! The most recent update to the builds in this article was done last week, in fact. (And you can always find the month of the most recent update near the top of each article.)

JL • 2 weeks ago

Hello, would the 32 core threadripper be better than the 18 core i9?

Daniel • 1 week ago

For streaming, video editing, and 3D rendering, yes, the TR 2990WX is going to be your best option. Purely for gaming, though, the i9 would be the winner.

Rakesh Kumar • 1 month ago

Thanks for sharing this great article. After reading this our Studio startup was able to boil to perfect system .. we didint opeted for DIY thus we approached to Ant-pc for the same:
--> Intel Core i9 7900x
---> MSI X299 SLI PLUS- 16GB
--> G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2400MHz
---> PNY NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB DDR5
--> 250GB WD Blue 250 GB 2.5 SATA-
---> 2 TB Western Digital Blue HDD
---> Cooler Master V750W (I was more inclined for future proof higher rating PSU)
--> Cooler Master MB500
--> ML240L AIO liquid Cooler by CM
This machine is quite reliable and blazing fast.

Michaela Rinawi • 1 month ago

Hi there,
First: Thank you for researching and writing this article, I found it really helpful.
I also have a question though: I am going to buy a new PC for my rendering work and I was wandering if I should wait for the release of the NVDIA Geforce RTX graphics card.
Are you planning an update on your website describing an example pc build with these graphic cards soon?
Would it make sense to buy the rtx 2080 instead of the gtx 2080ti? (I would prefer wo wait for the rtx 2080ti, but it doesn't even have a release date yet and I definetely have to buy a PC no later than december)

Thank you for your help,

Daniel • 1 month ago

Until the RTX cards reach retail availability in late-September/early-October, there will not be enough real-world benchmarks for us to add them to any of our resources. But you can rest assured that we will have content regarding how to build with them, and appropriately adding or not adding them to all of our resources, when that information becomes available.

Whether the possible performance difference relative to the possible price difference is worthwhile for your exact situation (to make waiting a couple of months for the new parts make sense) is something that only you can decide for yourself in the meantime.

BBreon • 2 months ago

Gosh, the more I went down to the pc builds list, the more excited I got.
I currently use a gaming laptop for 3d & rendering stuff and it's not quite fast enough, especially when working with particles and vray lol.

Semiconducted • 4 months ago

Great post and helpful advice!

One note of errata: The author refers to Blender as having “a steep learning curve”, however I believe they actually mean the opposite.

This being a highly technical post, a “a steep learning curve”, in its formal definition where the x axis is Time and y axis is Learning, means that it takes very little time to learn.

Daniel • 4 months ago

Thanks for the kind comments about the article, and the input regarding that phrase!

In this context, the phrase is used in the way that is described on the wiki page you linked under the heading "in culture." This article is written with an audience of laypeople in mind, so the popular definition is used, wherein the x axis is still time, but the y axis is something like 'difficulty in mastering encountered features.'

Aleksandrs Breze • 5 months ago

Hey, just out of intrest. Why do you suggest the Intel i9-7980XE instead of TR1950x? Im building an overkill pc for gaming and rendering so i was hoping to understand what cpu choice would be better. Thanks!
P.S. your website is really great, it sure has helped a lot me and probably thousands of others.

Daniel • 5 months ago

Of those two options, the i9-7980XE has more cores and faster top speeds per core, performing about 10% better overall than the TR 1950X.

Ian Tay • 6 months ago

Hi! Used the forge of the gods build as the basis for my rendering gig, instead of 02 1080tis, i am running on 1080ti. However, i am encountering BSOD at least twice a week, is it something wrong that i am doing, or is there a setting i am suppose to tweak.

Daniel • 6 months ago

We are happy to help with this, but without more context, it would be practically impossible to diagnose this issue. What operating system are you using? What programs do you primarily use? What kind of work are you doing with those programs? Is there any chance there could be malware of any variety on your system? Do the crashes often coincide with some particular behavior or program on the computer? Is there a particular error message code that displays when the crashes occur?

Federico S • 8 months ago

Hi! Great work on the guide. Thanks for the info it's really helpful. Just one question, regarding the "Forge of the Gods Build" Why did you choose the GTX 1080 ti's instead of a quadro GPU? I can't decide if its worth it to go for a quadro 5000 card instead of a gtx 1080 ti zotac. Thanks

Daniel • 8 months ago

So, the example builds in this article prioritize being good at all possible related tasks to the workflow of an animator/renderer. Pro-grade cards like the Quadro series are specialized to only perform well at certain professional applications, including data science, high-color-fidelity graphic design, and, indeed, 3D rendering. The direct answer is that, if you're sure that your PC will only be used for rendering work, then a pro-grade card could indeed be an appropriate choice; but if your work and other intended uses for your PC involve numerous types of varied program tasks (such as video editing, audio editing, photo editing, and even gaming) then a consumer-grade card, with its jack-of-all-trades design and broader API support, is likely to be a better choice.

That said, even if you're sure you want to go with a professional-grade graphics card, we would not recommend pairing a Quadro 5000 with the Forge of the Gods Build. The Quadro 5000 is over 7 years old, and would represent a massive bottleneck on that system; for reference, a GTX 1080 Ti would perform roughly ten times better (in terms of power/speed). A more appropriate pairing for the 'Forge of the Gods' build from the pro-grade lineup would be a higher-end option from NVIDIA's Quadro P---- series.

Federico S • 8 months ago

Hi Daniel, thanks so much for taking the time to reply a detailed answer. Actually I meant the Quadro P5000 i didn't know there was a Quadro 5000 a few years back hehehe. I thought they were thr same but i was looking at the P5000. I use Rhinoceros V6 and i have a Gtx 1080 Strix and when im modeling in render view it gets a bit laggy. My cpu is I7-6700K with an Asus Maximus VIII Extreme. I guess the lag is because of my cpu. I will follow your guide and perhaps build the forge of the gods or the profesional rig. Anyway thanks again for the info!


Daniel • 8 months ago

If the hiccups in your workflow are during the modeling process in render view, I'm inclined to think that the bottleneck is the CPU (but I can't be absolutely sure). Since it's tough to say whether it's the GPU or CPU, however, I can see why it would be prudent to go for a full upgrade. That said, since you were already working with a GTX 1080 and it didn't seem to be cutting it, I might lean toward recommending a Titan Xp rather than a GTX 1080 Ti.