I am a 3D animator looking into refining my craft. I have found that investing in a good system pays off in the short run. I have a Dell Precision 650 and an Inspiron 9100 that six years ago, when they were the hot stuff, saved me thousand$ in rendering and developing my skills. Now I want to build my own machine, because a system with the parts that I want would cost 2 if not 3 thousand more if ordered from Dell, and it’s got be fun, right?
What I’m most concerned with is the parts being compatible with each other and that I won’t be missing anything such as another fan, pack of SATA cables or something that’s a given in the builder community but I just missed out on. Oh, and still I’m not understanding the advantage or disadvantage of getting OEMs for drives, please advice too.
Thank you before hand for the help, this forum in Tom’s is amazing, gotta love the internet community.
Purchase date: within the next couple of weeks.
Budget: $4000 to $5000 (really, this is not to show off, it’s an investment, strictly business)
System usage: 3d Animation using Maya and Nuke. Particle, cloth and liquid simulations. Zbrush and Mudbox sculpting. Rendering using Mental Ray and Maxwell. Burning DVDs and possibly BluRay to distribute demo reel to prospect employers/clients and submitting to film festivals.
Preferred website for parts: Newegg
Currently living in Weehawken, NJ, right next to New York City (in case I should go to NYC for parts, please suggest).
Interested in: reliability, quietness (maybe liquid cooling if possible and easy enough to install), dual monitor support, fast read/write drive speed, flawless graphic support for particle simulations
Not interested in: Gaming, overclocking, bling cases, SSD drives (unless it’s been proven to be reliable for thousands of tiny writes and rewrites, I will be compositing A LOT of frames, passes, layers).
Since what you are doing will be very memory intensive, i suggest going for a DDR3 1600MHz kit at 1.5V or less, it will boost the bandwidth a bit and let you bump the voltage up if necessary to get all 6 sticks stable. I suggest the 12GB Gskill Pi kit, it costs about $50 more than the crucial kits but your applications will appreciate the extra speed and gskill makes very good stuff. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
High RPM hard drives tend to be greatly overpriced and a single 1TB Samsung F3 is faster than a 300GB Velociraptor for a lot less, but for the price of those drives you can get some high end SSDs and get much better performance.
I am considering your suggestions, specially the Seasonic x750. One question on that, will it be enough power to run the components I want to have (processor, GPU and hardrives)? I tried to figure out the power usuage on each one and add them up, but could't understand the volts to watts conversion.
Gskill is a good suggestion too, I have to look into tripple channel DDR3 articles, and of course, get a good price
I would have loved to get a SSD, but it seems memory degradation is still a problem, and I'll be using tons of tiny files for rendering and compositing.
The X750 will definitely be enough, your processor uses ~130, your GPU uses no more than 300W(no pci-e card is supposed to use more than that, only the ASUS Ares does) and everything else in the system doesnt use too much, so it leaves you with plenty of headroom. The X750 has enough power to run 2 5870s in crossfire so a single work station card isnt going to push it to the limit.
SLC SSDs cost more but suffer less memory degredation than MLC SSDs, and i think the number on usable time is pretty high these days, but if you dont want to do SSDs i suggest swapping all your HDDs out in favor of the 1TB Caviar black that is running 500GB platters and put them in RAID 5 or raid 1+0 so you get a speed boost and data protection. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...