3D rendering setup.

Hello everyone,

I'm trying to find a nice setup for a friend of mine who's really into 3D moddeling. Currently I have this setup in mind:

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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($123.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($193.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $844.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-30 09:24 EDT-0400)

You may have noticed that this setup does not have any storage. I'm unshure if an SSD helps speeding up the moddeling process. Oh yea, totall budget is around 1100$
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  1. yes definitely, get a 250gb Samsung 840 pro for OS plus a regular hdd for storage.

    also, have you looked into NVidia quadro cards? they are better for 3d modelling
  2. After doing some research I can't find any proof that an SSD helps with the actual 3D rendering. I had not looked into the Quadro cards so I just did, but it seems to me they are specifically made for rendering and perform bad on playing games. This system is not a 3D rendering system only so I think I need to stick to a "regular" GPU.
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    Well, yes I thought this system was solely for 3d rendering, since you made no mention of gaming,

    In that case, I recommend this :

    it is noticeably faster and it is a newer model. ($215 after rebate)

    As for SSDs they have incredibly fast write, read, and access times, meaning they improve the responsive of any software.

    Personally, I use Photoshop and I noticed it to be a lot faster in loading up and applying filters etc after getting an SSD. An SSD is a staple for any mid-high end system. It will make a BIG difference on everything, from gaming (faster loading times) to general use (windows boots up in like 8 secs, applications load instantly) to 3d rendering (info from the SSD can be read faster and processes faster compared to a HDD)

    I am sure everyone on this forum will tell you that you should get an SSD
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