High End Visual Effects Workstation Advice Tags: Homebuilt GPUs Workstations Build Systems Product Last response: September 8, 2011 11:50 PM in Systems Share drosen20 September 8, 2011 4:48:15 PM Hi there, Looking at building a workstation for use with Realflow, Vray, Mental Ray, Maya, and Zbrush and I'm a little torn as far as a few parts are concerned. Im mostly torn over focusing on CPU or GPU to get the most out of the build. Originally I was looking at: CPU: 2X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... But it seems like I may get much more out of using something like a single 990X and getting a dual GPU build. I cant really seem to find any solid advice. My total build budget caps out at 6 grand. Thanks as always! More about : high end visual effects workstation advice Proximon a c 113 B Homebuilt system September 8, 2011 8:50:33 PM You have to dig into each separate program. Find out what they need. How well are they coded for multiple threads? Hyperthreading? Are there any that benefit from CUDA? Crossfire support? It's a lot of googling and I could do it for you, but really it's a process best left to you. In the end, each user has their own mix of programs and workflow, and so each will have different priorities. You need to figure out what questions to ask first, clearly. Alvin Smith is a good person to consult here. I will link you to a few threads to peruse where he helps out with a few builds. Feel free to drop him a PM and ask him to respond to this thread. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/300314-31-high-person... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284286-31-rendering-w... drosen20 September 8, 2011 11:50:24 PM Preciate it! Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumHigh-End personal Workstation Guidance ForumAdvice For High End Workstation Build ForumSystem configuration for high end vfx ( Visual Effects ) works ForumHigh-End Workstation ! Forumhigh-end workstation Forumhttp://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] n-guidance Forumhttp://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] ercomputer ForumBuilding High End Gaming/BIM Rig ForumVisual Stuttering on high end machine ForumHigh-End Motion Graphics Workstation Round 2 ForumLaptop for graphic design (relatively high end ) ForumNew gaming PC. Thoughts? Forum$3000-$3500 Choosing Parts, Ordering tonight! Please Give Advice ForumNeed last minute suggestions/reassurance for $1300 Gaming PC Build ForumADVICE/SUGGESTIONS for upgrading system PLZ HELP? ForumNeeding some advice regarding water cooling. ForumAdvice please on this build ForumRig for Strictly After Effects CS4 ForumHardware advice Forum[Solved] Some Final Advice or Ideas on Gaming build More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !