Need help with building a PC for 3D Rendering/Lighting/VFX&Compositing

Hi all,

I am building my PC and i need help/advice and guidance. I am in to 3D lighting/rendering, Compositing. The apps. i use the most are - MAYA, Mental ray, Vray and NUKE. I am also planning to learn VRAY RT for Maya. Vray RT for maya is CPU based, so i will be needing advice for buying the best (in terms of Value for money) CPU. I have done some homework and here is the list below. I would request suggestions, advice and recommendations. I dont know much about crossfire/SLI issue. So it would be nice if someone can point me to the right direction. My Budget is 2000 Euros Approx.

I will be need advice in choosing the 3 most important crucial components, i.e.

Graphic Card

Q1. Also, Do i really need a Mainboard that supports Crossfire/SLI - multiple Graphic cards?
Does it really boost the system's processing power? Even when the application you use is CPU centric? What is better for rendering needs? Pls. guide me in the right direction.

Q2. Why is it necessary to buy a internal SSD drive? how big is good enough? How does it help? Any recommendations please.

Here is my (planned) gig so far :


Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz
Triple Channel Kit (CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9)

Video Card:
Asus GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
Core: 782MHz, Memory: 1536MB 4008MHz GDDR5, Stream Processors: 512,
Shader Clock: 1544MHz, SLI Ready, PhysX/CUDA Enabled, 3 Years Warranty.

Asus Rampage III Extreme Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard
RoG Features, Core i7 Support, 6400MHz FSB, Triple Channel DDR3 Support,
7x SATA 3Gb/s, 2x SATA 6Gb/s, RAID, 1x eSATA, 9x USB2.0, 2x USB3.0,
FireWire, 7.1 HD Audio, CrossfireX/SLI Support, Gigabit LAN

Internal hard drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM (WD2002FAEX)

Thanks for reading and I appreciate your inputs, suggestions and guidance.

thanks and best regards,

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  1. letting us know what is your budget helps us know what is best for you
  2. Hi Man! I did mention the budget in the tread above. Its 2000 Euros approx.


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