pc build for 3d animation around $1000
i am an animation student looking to build a pc for 3d animation. i'll use softwares like maya, blender, mudbox and also a lot of photoshop and illustrator. i was looking at amd 6300 and maybe nvidia gtx 660 for the graphics card. i have no idea about processor technicalities but intel processors seem to have less cores for the same price of amd, would that be an issue for my work if i choose intel over amd. i have no intentions of playing too much games. although i might need to run the pc for a day or more continuously and i've heard that intel processors don't heat up as much and use less power, but i don't want to compromise on performance for that (because of the less core thing). also would buying a smaller ssd drive along with the hdd effect performance by a lot? and do i really need rams with heatsink, how effective are they? please excuse me if my questions seem silly, i have almost no idea about computers and this is the first time i'm attempting this.
For this kind of work and on this kind of budget there are two directions to go; one- a system of the best possible performance for the price and two, a system that is serious about image quality, a workstation. Of the two, my vote is to the quality quality- anti-aliasing, precision (accurate shadows reflections, particles, color matching). AMD is better value for perforamnce, but I think of Intel as more sympathetic to the applications you mention. Both Autodesk and Adobe software is Intel and CUDA oriented.
Here are a couple of system ideas, one for each type>
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1. AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor > $200
2. Cooler Master Hyper 101i - CPU Cooler with Dual Direct Contact Heatpipes - AMD Version > $15
3. GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard > $85
4. 8GB Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX > $57 (If budget permits, make this 16GB)
5. GIGABYTE GV-N760OC-4GD REV2.0 GeForce GTX 760 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP > $290
6. WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX > $65
7. CORSAIR CXM series CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply> $60
8. SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE - OEM > $20
9. Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case > $55
10. Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM > $140
TOTAL = $962.
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1. Intel Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 Haswell 3.3 / 3.7GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 80W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80646E31230V3 > $250
2. ASRock H87WS-DL ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel H87 DDR3 1600/1333 > $130
3. 8GB RAM > (2) Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ECC Registered Server Memory Model KVR16R11S8/4 > $94 ($47 ea)
4. AMD 100-505649(100-505844) FirePro V4900 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Workstation Video Card > $155
5. Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue > $65
6. CORSAIR CXM series CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply > $60
7. SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE - OEM > $20
8. Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case > $60
9. Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM > $140
Total = $974.
This one uses the Firepro V4900- which I tried for a couple of months and worked very well in AutoCad Building Design Suite, Adobe CS, and Sketchup. The problem in the Intel system is that the $1,000 budget really rules out a good Quadro- CUDA- graphics card. With 3D modeling, animations, and film editing, I always like to have a 256-bit or greater graphics card.
By the way, I'm using an SSD for the first time in my recent HP z420 system and except for a somewhat faster startup, I don't really see it as a significant advantage.
HP z420 (2014) > Xeon E5-1620 quad core @ 3.6 / 3.8GHz > 24GB ECC 1600 RAM > Quadro 4000 (2GB)> Samsung 840 SSD 250GB /Western Digital Black WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > AE3000 USB WiFi > HP 2711X, 27" 1920 X 1080 > Windows 7 Ultimate 64 >[Passmark system rating = 3923, 2D= 839 / 3D=2048]
Dell Precision T5400 (2008) > 2X Xeon X5460 quad core @3.16GHz > 16GB ECC 667> Quadro FX 4800 (1.5GB) > WD RE4 500GB / Seagate Barracuda 500GB > M-Audio 2496 Sound Card / Linksys 600N WiFi > Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit >[Passmark system rating = 1859, 2D= 512 / 3D=1097]
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