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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
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.
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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.
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