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Building a (2D and 3D) animation workstation

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January 20, 2014 12:04:22 AM

Is this a good animation workstation build?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Keep in mind I want a powerful animation Rig (2D and 3D) not a gaming PC.

Case: BitFenix shinobi mid tower
Motherboard: Asus z87pro
CPU: Intel i7-4770k
Memory: 32 gb corsair vengeance ram (4x8gb)
Video card: Quadro k4000
Power supply: seasonic 850w 80 plus gold
Storage: 1 kingston hyperX 240gb SSD
1 seagate barracuda 1tb drive
OS: windows 7
And corsair h100i liquid cooling

I always wanted a boxx tech but they are way out of my price range so I decided to try to build a PC

My budget is $2000

Programs I plan to run are

Photoshop
Illustrator
Flash
Digi cel flip book
Adobe Primere
After effects
Maya
Zbrush
Toon boom

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January 20, 2014 2:32:54 AM

This is better. Bit over the budget but much better CPU , Good video card for the job. You can downgrade the video card if you need to stay in budget. Really good PSU. Best air cpu cooler. (this you can drop cheaper version if you must) Good and fast SSD. Bigger HDD. Good case. And better memory.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($567.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($224.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($500.23 @ Mwave)
Case: BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Lightning 800W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2131.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-20 05:20 EST-0500)


If 2000 is top you can go then do it like this.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($567.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($224.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Lightning 800W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1898.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-20 05:32 EST-0500)

If you do this with one SSD go with samsung pro.
If you like go later to RAID 0 then buy sandisk ultra plus.
RAID 0 makes thigs go really fast. And you have more working space with two SSD's.

Bigger HDD or more HDD's you buy later. If you need.

GTX video cards are working faster than expensive quattro cards.
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March 2, 2014 9:06:25 PM

Thanks for the input AxlFone. I think I'm going to go with this build

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i

CPU Cooler: 2x 140mm Phanteks fans

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

Storage: Samsung Pro 256 SSD

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 mid tower

Power Supply: Seasonic 850w 80plus gold

OS: Windows 7 home premium

I guess I've decided to up my budget for this build, I figure it's worth it in the long run. I decided to go with liquid cooling for better temperature control (also cause it sounds a little more high tech). The case I chose because I've heard a lot of good reviews and to me it looks simple yet slightly badass. I love the Graphics card suggestion, I have been racking my brain with either a GTX or a Quadro. I've done a lot of research but kept coming up with mixed reviews until now. I shouldn't need to buy an optical drive, my old one should work on this build.
Thanks for all your advice I think this build is going to be everything I could ask for and more. If you have any additional suggestions they will be vastly appreciated just like your previous ones were. I know it's been several months since I first posted this but I finally hope to start this build within the next couple weeks. Thanks again for your help.
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