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Need advice: New workstation for 3d modeling (Rhino-3d Max) and rendering (V-ray)

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March 16, 2014 12:20:09 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:

Looking for advice to build a new workstation:

Budget Range: CAD$1,800- $2,200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D nurbs and mesh modeling mainly with Rhino v5 (250,000 plus triangles), 3ds Max, Cinema 4D for animation, Lumion, V-ray rendering engine, Photoshop, RealFlow occasionally.

Parts Not Required: Monitors, kboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg Canada,

Country: Victoria, BC, Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: If you feel it's worth it for best performance

SLI or Crossfire: Not too familiar with that. I'm interested in quality display not fast framerate as for gaming for example. I'll be using GPU rendering fo display (V-Ray RT), Lumion, but CPU raytracing for final renderings.

Monitor Resolution: Dual monitors 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I model/render big ships and marine structures. I try to stay away from particles for water effects but rendering of animated sea motion systems with displacement are important in my projects.

Thank you

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March 16, 2014 12:26:05 PM

so what GPU and CPU do those programs you use prefer? If they prefer NVidia and Intel, then should do that research first so people can gear a build towards that, and I'm not going to go around reading 3D forums to find the best cards and cpu for the software, you can do that part.
March 16, 2014 1:24:04 PM

Hi grtochkn,
Fair enough, sorry if I assumed that 3d graphics and rendering builds were more of a common question and the programs mentioned the most common also. I guess I was wrong ...
I did some research and it seems like Intel I7 is the preferred CPU and AMD Radeon 7970 or NV GTX780 for GPU rendering.
Let's base it on those for now. I can always refine the choices later?
Thanks for your input.