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October 26, 2013 10:56:07 PM

Hi All,

I'm very very new to this and am looking to build my first machine. I've only ever bought complete machines and am looking to get max value through the build process while setting myself up with a machine that will last 4-5 years (perhaps with upgrades along the way).

I'll be using this setup for 3D rendering and visualisations as well graphics ie: adobe suite. Ideally like to set up a real time rendering system using Vray RT or Octane. Generally modelling is done in 3dsmax, Maya etc.

Any advice on holes in performance or price on the following would be GREATLY appreciated! I like where the price is at currently and would definately want to keep the total under $3000 with any modifications/improvements.

CPU Intel bx80646i74770k core i7-4770K 3.5ghz 8mb $380
CPU-COOLER NZXT Kraken X40 CPU Water Cooling $105
MOBO Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $209
RAM Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $115
RAM Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $115
STORE Corsair Neutron Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $145
GPU NVIDIA Quadro K2000 $539
SOUND CARD ASUS Xonar DX PCI-E Sound Card $84
NETWK CARD Intel E1G42ETBLK Dual Port Gigabit Card $189
POWER Corsair 850W TX-850v2 ATX Power Supply $180
OPTICAL DRIVE $30
CASE NZXT H630 $179
CASE FAN NZXT FS-200RB 89.5 CFM 200mm Fan $16
OS Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) $155
MONITOR ASUS VS247H 23.6 inch Wide LED Monitor 5ms 50M:1 $179


total $2620

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October 26, 2013 11:22:19 PM

This looks like a very night build. I just built a custom machine for a client and I also do 3DS Max. I installed it on there just to see how well it works. It was a 4770k, 16 GB 1600 MHZ Samsung Pro 256 and a Gigabyte motherboard. It still wanted to take an hour to render a 20 second 1080p screen. My Core 2 Quad 6600 and 6 GB of DDR2 and WD Blue 250 would take 3 hours. My laptop a P8600 2.4 was gonna take like 22 hours XD but its a powerful machine and having the K2000 in there would help a lot. We also got another Dell Percision for a client. 4770, 16GB, and a K4000. Really wish i had more time with that to test that on. Bet the K4000 would help a lot. that also had a Samsung Pro 256

So yea for a Socket 1150 thats about as good as you can get it with out spend a few more thousand on a better video card.
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October 27, 2013 12:03:48 AM

Thanks drtweak.

What are your thoughts on a dual CPU setup? Obviously the price is a major factor.. have you had any experience with this? It seems like it may be a good future proof scenario?

I was considering a dual CPU setup running only one Xeon to begin with... at least then there is the option of adding an additional CPU after a few paychecks :p 

I've done a little research on running a single CPU in a dual setup and it does seem possible. Interested to know anyone's thoughts on this?
Is this possible?
What MOBO is required/recommended and what Xeon CPU would bring similar preformance to the i7 4770k?

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October 27, 2013 11:12:36 AM

Yea I had a build i wanted to do with a SR-X motherboard and run Dual Xeons. Though about tossing two 8 Core Xeons in there but getting a cheap 4 Core to start out with. 3DS Max DOES benifit from more cores. The more the better. It would be more expensive in the long run but it will be better than any single CPU system. That or get like a Socket 2011 i7
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