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... m 0 l drosen20 September 8, 2011 11:50:24 PM Preciate it! m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources System configuration for high end vfx ( Visual Effects ) works Forum Solved$1,000 High-end Workstation Build Advice Forum Advice For High End Workstation Build Forum Advice on Server/High-end Workstation New Build Forum RAID advice needed for High-End Workstation Forum Advice Speccing High-end, quiet, efficient workstation. Forum SolvedWhich Cooling system will give the highest performance for my high end pc workstation? Forum SolvedHigh end multitasking workstation $3,000 - $5,000 Forum SolvedReally High End PC Workstation Forum Solved$1500 High end Gaming and Low/Mid range Workstation Forum SolvedBuilding a high-end workstation-class rig Forum SolvedHelp Building a High-End Workstation for Digital Artist Forum CPU/GPU for hardcore gaming and high end visual rendering programs Forum SolvedHigh End Workstation Forum Visual Stuttering on high end machine Forum BestConfigs Poll: High-End Workstation Forum SolvedHelp to build a New High-end Workstation for $3400 Forum SolvedHigh-end workstation: i7-3930K or Dual xeon? AMD Firepro V7900 + Gaming Card with Cuda cores? Forum SolvedHigh-end Workstation for 3D animation, fast rendering @$3000+ Forum High-end system (no gaming) just number-crunching and everyday use, what you call a Workstation Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !