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Build PC for 3D Rendering (Maya) $1500

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March 21, 2014 12:43:21 PM

I need your experience and opinions on building Professional 3D Artist Computer.

Must be:
1- Windows-based.
2- Under 1500$.
3- Handles Mental ray and Renderman render for Maya 2014 with fast rendering (mainly lighting , animation ) and photoshop designs

Not needed: Monitor, Keyboard, Burners, Mouse.

Don't know : Overclocking- If you feel it's worth it for best performance.

March 21, 2014 12:54:15 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.83 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1082.73

Here's a base build, I don't have a GPU because I'm not sure if a professional series card is up your alley or not.
March 21, 2014 1:10:15 PM

thank you for your kind reply.
If I want better performance after next 1 or 2 years , can I upgrade CPU using the Motherboard (ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150) ?
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March 21, 2014 1:46:03 PM

currently the 4770k is the top end cpu on that socket. The next gen intels will run on a new socket it sounds like. So no, CPU wise you're stuck with what you pick.

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March 21, 2014 1:47:02 PM

For that class of work on the GPU end you want to stick to WORKSTATIOn Graphics cards like the Quadro from NVidia to reduce rendering times (unless you really have no 'time limits' on how long something gets done'). Normal card (760s, new 8xxx or AMDs) are optimized in the opposite way for gaming video 'displaying', not 'rendering' of the actual video code, compression, etc. that you need.

Also 16GB is nothing for Maya, etc., normally you need bare minimum is 32, most go 64, while some 'pros' are in the 128/256 class of RAM and get specialized Mobos to handle them. If you search the forums for WORKSTATION you will find quite a few builds already shown, but warning, the "common" system STARTS at $2500 normally usually $5000 for a 'decent' one and a Pro is 10K or more. Just a word of warning is all.