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Optimised homebuilt pc set-up for 3d rendering?

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October 20, 2010 9:11:01 PM

Hi all,

I would like some feedback on a pc set up i put together for use with 3d modelling and rendering programs, primarily 3dmax, maxwell, vray, autocad, and sketchup. Any suggestions will be appreciated...

TOWER
THERMALTAKE VB6000BNS SWING BLACK (55.00 €)
CPU
INTEL CORE I7-980X EXTREME EDITION 3.33 GHZ LGA1366 (1047.69 €)
PROCESSOR COOLER
THERMALTAKE CLP0555 TMG I3 (10.84 €)
MOTHERBOARD
ASROCK P55 EXTREME4 RETAIL (144.60 €)
RAM
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9K3/6G 6GB (3X2GB) PC10666 133 -Τιμή (95 €)
GRAPHICS CARD
GAINWARD 1046 GEFORCE GTX480 1.5GB DDR5 PCI-E RET (497 €)
HARD DRIVE
WESTERN DIGITAL WD6401AALS 640GB CAVIAR BLACK SAT (67 €)
HARD DRIVE
SONY OPTIARC AD-5260S DVD-RW BLACK BULK (18.89€)
MONITOR
PHILIPS 190C1/SB C-LINE 19'' TFT BLACK (127.00 €)
SOUND CARD
TERRATEC AUREON 5.1 PCI RETAIL (19.99 €)
MODEM
CRYPTO BEST III PCI BULK (7.95 €)
ELECTRIC CHARGE
FORCE 600W PSU (44.50 €)
OTHER
THERMALTAKE A2452 CYCLO 80MM RED PATTERN FAN (10.54 €)

total comes at 1752.89+ 403.16 VAT= 2156.06 €


Thank you!
October 20, 2010 9:17:54 PM

Looks pretty good man, i wish i had that much money to spend. You might end up needing more than 6 GB possibly (it always helps with rendering). Although, I'd wait for a second opinion on that because I don't do stuff like that.
October 20, 2010 9:34:23 PM

Hey man, thanks for tip You are right about ram for sure, the more the better! By the way, i am going to have to pay it in installments through a bank loan, otherwise i would not be able to afford it either. I hope that it will be able to earn its buck soon...
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October 20, 2010 9:47:55 PM

Ooh that's harsh. Does your job involve that software?
October 20, 2010 10:06:28 PM

The motherboard you have selected supports processors with the LGA1156 pin configuration while the i7-980X has an LGA1366 pin configuration. You'll need to change to an X58 motherboard if you want to use that processor. Also, have a look at the AMD 6 core processors (1055T and 1090T) as they offer a much better price/performance ratio.
October 20, 2010 10:19:08 PM

^+1

especially if you're not gaming, the more cores for less idea with AMD is beneficial
October 21, 2010 3:29:10 AM

^+1 on the X58 vs P55 issue.

@OP:
THIS IS A DAMN WASTE OF MONEY!

For that kind of budget you are better off getting a 2P set up since you plan to run 3D renderings (3DS).

This is what I would build:


HAF 912 $60: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x Xeon 5506 $ 470: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD for OS + programs $240: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 650W $110 (Note, needs separate Molex to 8pin CPU, ~$5) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Z8NA-D6C $260: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x 500GB F3s for storage in RAID1 $110: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x 3*2GB Crucial DDR3 ECC RAM $325: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX460 (mainly due to good OpenGL performance, swap to a workstation card if needed) $170: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,742.06 before rebates. Obviously, this Newegg is not available in UK, but this is what you should aim for, basically something similar.
October 21, 2010 11:11:21 AM

Hey shadow70379 thanks for your reply...

I see what you mean...I am a bit of a noob so did not know that you can double up the processors...and end up with 8 cores for less money. Makes total sense to me now. Surely that must be more efficient for multitasking compared with i7, even the extreme one. Or not?

Does the same thing apply for graphics cards? Can i have two cards and two processors on the same motherboard that you are proposing?
October 21, 2010 12:20:07 PM

Quote:

I see what you mean...I am a bit of a noob so did not know that you can double up the processors...and end up with 8 cores for less money. Makes total sense to me now. Surely that must be more efficient for multitasking compared with i7, even the extreme one. Or not?

Exactly. I know for a fact that 3DS will benefit from the extra core and threads. 8C/16T FTW! You will take a bit of a hit for single threaded apps, but that shouldn't change much.

edit:
Note: My above build will need CPU fans, that should add about $60-100 to the cost.

Quote:

Does the same thing apply for graphics cards? Can i have two cards and two processors on the same motherboard that you are proposing?

You CAN hae 2 GPUs on that board, but realize that there is only one PCIe x16 slot. The other are PCIe x8s are actually only x4 electrically. In most cases, you won't benefit much from 2 GPUs for renderings. For a workstation/rendering build the CPUs matter more than the GPUs in almost all cases.



October 23, 2010 3:22:46 PM

Nice one! Thanks for all the help shadow man!
December 5, 2010 8:36:44 PM

I've finally hit the thread which is close to my concern. Shadow, you say that the cpu's power is much more important than the gpu when rendering. Is this standard for all rendering programs? Are there any programs that rely on the gpu to render or are there any software modifications that can draw the rendering power from a gpu rather than a cpu? With this being said, i'm interested in finding out weather i should look into downsizing the cpus and focusing my attention on a larger workstation quadro. And does anyone know the benefit of intel xeon processors over amd opertons? Thanks for anyones input.
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