The Best PC Specs for 3d Modeling and rendering

Hi All,

I will be getting a new PC built, and it will primairly be used for 3d modeling, sculpting and rendering.
I am looking for any advice to get the best spec possible. If i have missed something crucial please let me know.
Also i would like to have the option to have more graphic cards and ram at a later date and the pc will have graphic tablets
connected to it.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $2200 -2600 canadian

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d Modelling (Autodesk Maya), Sculpting (Zbrush), Rendering (Autodesk Maya), Gaming, Internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Primarily: &

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Best parts possible for 3d work

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future

Monitor Resolution:1360x768

My Current Spec:

Graphics Card:
PNY VCQ2000-PB Quadro 2000 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card

Processor (CPU):
Intel Core i7 3770K Unlocked Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Ivy Bridge 8MB Retail
(BX80637I73770K) (sku: 70540)

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64Bit English DVD OEM

Hard Drives:
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive OEM

Solid State Drives:
SSD:Plextor M5S 256GB 2.5in SATA3 Marvell 520MB/S Read 390MB/S Write Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

Blu-Ray Reader:
ASUS BC-12B1ST Internal 12X Blu-Ray Reader & 16X DVD Writer Combo Drive SATA OEM

ASUS Z87 WS LGA1150 ATX Dual Channel 4XPCIE SLI CF DP HDMI Minidp 6XSATA 6GB/S Motherboard
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DDR3 Memory (RAM):
Corsair Vengeance Black CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 CL10 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit

Computer Case:
Antec Twelve Hundred 1200 V3 Full Tower Gaming Case 12X 5.25/3.5IN Bays 2.5IN USB 3.0 ATX Cpx

Power Supply:
Antec High Current Gamer 850W 24PIN ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply

Any help will greatly appreciated.

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  1. Best answer
    This would do very well:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($626.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($81.84 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($258.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Kingston Predator Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($299.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.99 @ NCIX)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($164.98 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($569.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($23.70 @ NCIX)
    Total: $2351.42
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-19 12:48 EST-0500)
  2. Since you want the best possible for 3d work I suggest the Quadro k4000 if u will be working with large scene or high poly objects, particles, etc. The k4000 will give you far better viewport performance than gtx 780. An alternative to quadro k4000 is the Firepro w7000 if CUDA or GPU rendering is not important to you. However, you can go for the gtx 780 if your work is not heavy, also it will give you better GPU rendering performance than the k4000 due to higher clock and more CUDA cores, but dont leave it rendering for long hours, gtx is not built with stability in mind. The gtx 780 will give you superior performance in gaming though.
    32Gbs of RAM is a bit overkill for 3D modeling, but if you will be doing video editing that will help, otherwise go for 16Gbs.
  3. You need a workstation with CPU like 3930K (6 cores) as a single CPU system or a dual xeon CPU system (a bit overkill). 32 GB RAM is the minimum especially if you will do fluid simulations or animations.
    For GPU just choose the new GTX 780 with 6GB RAM. The 6GB GPU RAM will be good for GPU rendering too.
    If you will do bigger and more complex scenes and animations then you have to use the CPU for rendering with min. 32GB RAM .
    There are many companies with appropriate render farms (CPU rendering) who offering services.
    Or you can build one render farm for your self too or buying one from companies who offer small render farms. For example : , just use the Google and search for "3d render farms".
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