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3D Modeling/Rendering/Gaming System - 1st Build for an Industrial Designer that's leaving Apple

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April 21, 2014 10:18:19 AM

I wanted to get some knowledgeable opinions on the system I've selected to build. For the first time in years, I'm veering away from Apple. I don't like that the nMP only has one GPU brand option and that they're proprietary and downclocked for space/heat. So, I have decided to build a system and after being lead around by Apple's hardware restrictions for so long, I just want to make sure I'm on the right track.

**Keep in mind that this is NOT only a work machine, but my personal desktop as well, so I need to handle work tasks as well as entertainment/gaming**

Here is my current idea/configs:

MB: Asus x79 Deluxe LGA 2011 ATX
CPU: i7-4930K 6-core
GPU: 2 x Titan Black SLI (need the double floating point performance, have in possession)
RAM: Corsair Dominator 32GB 1866Mhz
PSU: ThermalTake 850w Toughpower modular PSU
Cooler: Corsair H100i with 5 AF120 red performance fans
SSD: 2x 480Gb Sandisk Extreme II (one for Win, one for Hackintosh OS X)
HHD: Seagate hybrid 1Tb
Case: Corsair 450D Mid-Tower

I have a Dell 24" 4K 60Hz monitor (DisplayPort 1.2a) and would be buying a second Dell IPS AdobeRGB correct 27" after I sell my TB Display...

I started off with the idea of a mATX case with the Asus Gene IV mATX LGA 2011 socket, which I am still teetering back and forth on. It has 2 16x PCIE 3.0 slots and one at 8x, but just no wifi/bluetooth (always have usb options). This option is good because I like the smaller form factor and since I'm not doing any video/audio stuff I highly doubt that I'd need the expansion passed the two GPUs.

So the second (smaller form factor) idea looks like this:

MB: Asus Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 mATX
CPU: i7-4930K 6-core
GPU: 2 x Titan Black SLI (need the double floating point performance, have in possession)
RAM: Gskill 32gb 1866Mhz
PSU: ThermalTake 850w Toughpower modular PSU
Cooler: Corsair H100i with 3 AF120 red performance fans
SSD: 2x 480Gb Sandisk Extreme II (one for Win, one for Hackintosh OS X)
HHD: Seagate hybrid 1Tb
Case: Corsair 350D mATX case or Bitfenix Prodigy mATX

Does anyone have experience with the Asus Rampage IV Gene board? I know it's a bit older, and that makes me a tad bit nervous that it won't have all the bells and whistles that the Deluxe has... However, I would much rather prefer a smaller case.

I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on the consumer CPU/GPUs used for 3D Modeling/Rendering. I will be using AutoDesk, Adobe, Rhino, 3DS Max, Solidworks, Vray, Keyshot, Photoview 360 etc.. I don't do anything complex enough to warrant ECC, mostly consumer product designs. Thank you all in advance!
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April 21, 2014 10:39:47 AM

I think you are on the right track as far as build composition, how much of an overclock are you planning?

I would probably lean towards the first build, the 350D is essentially a mid-tower, and should you ever want to expand or move to a water cooling setup, the extra real estate/airflow is helpful.

I would recommend the Samsung 840 Pro, it is the fastest SSD on the market and you might not need such high capacities. 256GB should handle your OS and all your programs, I would assume you have an external NAS/Backup for storage and work files.

I would stay away from that Thermaltake PSU, stick to brands like SeaSonic, XFX, Corsair, and Antec.

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April 21, 2014 12:35:49 PM

I am shooting for around 4.5 overclock. Since I will be running it as a dual-boot Hackintosh, the OS X side has a ceiling of 4.2 and won't see any performance gains past that. According to Andrew at RampageDev that's as high as he suggests going without interfering with speedstep/power management. In my gut I know that ATX is "smarter" but even the 350D is smaller than any Corsair mid-ATX case. Since I'm a product/industrial designer aesthetics matter to me and I don't want some crazy looking gamer case. I like the modest and modern looks of the obsidian series.
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May 10, 2014 11:12:53 PM

Transmaniacon said:

I would stay away from that Thermaltake PSU, stick to brands like SeaSonic, XFX, Corsair, and Antec.

This a 100000 times! Thermaltake is not a brand you should pick for a PSU. That may kill all your expensive components and burn your house!! :0
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