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New workstation build for heavy 3D - budget range £2500 - £5000 ex VAT

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February 21, 2014 11:40:01 AM

Hi,

Studio I work for (UK localization) will be upgrading equipment soon (within 1 month most likely). So far over here only Mac were used, but because some of the software require Windows (bootcamp and virtual machine don't do the job) we need to get a few PCs (I'm the only person in the company who uses PC on daily bases).

As we might get a few PC it is likely they will be on different spec depending for whom they will be (roto artists or fluid / rendering artists). This is why budget range is so wide.

Applications:

- Maya (3D animation and rendering - MentaRay)
- After Effects (including raytracing)
- Houdini (FX)
- Realflow (fluid simulation)

After some research I found those companies that do workstations (we need to order it from company that will get us reliable warranty, so buying products one buy one and assembling it our self is not possible):
http://www.armari.co.uk
http://www.broadberry.co.uk/workstations
http://3xs.scan.co.uk/custom/professional-graphics/form-factors

It is hard to choose, as every component is important. RAM and massive HDD for fluids, CPU for rendering in 3D, GPU (preference is a GeForce with CUDA cores) to support rendering in both Maya and AE.

32GB RAM - minimum, pref 64GB

GPU - GeForce with CUDA (K4000 3GB seams alright)

High end build - 2 x CPU ( I assume it is better to go with more slower cores than fewer faster ones, is that correct?)

1 SSD ~250GB and 1 HDD 3-4 TB (or would it better to get 2x 2 TB?)

If I missed any important information please let me know.

All input is more than welcome

Thank you :) 
February 25, 2014 1:58:00 AM

Surely there need to be someone who have some insight on that topic. If you need any more details from my side just let me know. I would really appreciate any help on that topic :) 
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March 7, 2014 7:25:41 AM

I put together this and I am about to order it:

£79.68 Fractal Design Define R4 - Quiet Full Tower [Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl Mid Tower Ultra Low Noise PerformanceCase, USB 3.0, 140mm Fans ]
£188.15 Asus P9X79, Intel X79 Chipset
£427.40 Intel Core i7 4930K Extreme, Ivy Bridge, Six Core, 3.4GHz, 3.9GHz Turbo
Overclocked up to 4.2GHz - Tuned for optimal performance while retaining stability.
£59.40 Corsair H80 Hydro - Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
£535.68 64GB Corsair Vengeance LP - 1600MHz, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.5V
£1500.00 4GB NVIDIA Quadro K5000 - Supports 4 Displays (2xDP + 2xDVI)
£89.70 Corsair RM750W Modular Gold Silent PSU - any dual graphics cards
£167.10 240GB Solid State Drives [256GB Samsung 840 PRO - 540MB/s Read, 530MB/s Write, 100K IOPS]
£192.48 1TB+ System Hard Drives [4TB Western Digital Black, 7200rpm, 64MB Cache]
£12.71 Samsung SH-224DB - 24x DVD Reader & Writer
£10.07 Edimax EW-7622UMn, USB 2.0, 300Mbps, 802.11b/g/n, 2.4 Ghz, Wireless Adaptor
£105.37 Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit [Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit with Classic Shell, Provides Windows 7-style Start Menu functionality within Windows 8.1]


Any suggestions?
It is from scan.co.uk -> 3XS GW-HT15
£3600 inc VAT
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