Rendering PC - What do you think of this build?

Hi all,

I work for a VFX company in the UK and we need to build a new Windows PC to run a particular piece of texture drawing software (software's called Mari, created by 'The Foundry').

I have a pre-tax budget of about £1,500. This PC needs to be able to handle some pretty intensive rendering tasks and 3D graphic manipulation, however will not be used for gaming at all. All parts need to be from the UK and please mention any prices in pound sterling.

So - here is the build I have come up with... What do you guys think?

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO Z68 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard, £123.52

*Processor: Intel Core i7 2600k 3.4GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor, £202.49

RAM: 16GB, 2 x (G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2133MHz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL11 (11-11-11-30) 1.5V), £58.91 each, £117.82 total

**Graphics Card: PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 Graphics Card 1024MB PCI-Express DVI-I/DP/DP, £573.90

***Hard-Disk: Seagate 1TB 3.5" Barracuda SATA-III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - 7200RPM 32MB Cache, £116.66

Processor Cooling Fan: Noctua NH-D14 Dual Radiator and Fan Socket LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, AM3, AM2+, AM2 CPU Cooler, £53.36

Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 650W Modular PSU, £62.49

Case: Antec 300 Three Hundred Case, £39.99

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L 12x BD-ROM DVD±RW DL & RAM Lightscribe SATA Optical Drive - Retail Box Black, £40.79

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional w/SP1 - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English, £88.78

Total (ex-VAT): £1419.80

* Intended 4.5 GHz over-clock, easy on k series i7's.
** On The Foundry's recommended GPU list for Mari.
*** HDD not SSD as I don't believe an SSD would provide much benefit for rendering tasks. Maybe one for OS only but I don't trust other people not to accidentally install mountains of crap on it...

Anyone here have any opinions on how efficient this build may be for the task at hand, potential improvements or area's I need to address in terms of compatibility?

Cheers in advance,

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  1. Hi Anders,

    This is Jack Greasley, Product manager for Mari.

    I'd look at getting a current generation GPU (the 3800 is a previous generation model). Something like the Quadro 4000 or A GeForce 580 would be ideal.If you can afford to get an SSD disk for the Mari cache, I'd try to get one. They REALLY help.

    Drop an email if you'd like more help.

  2. Thanks Jack, GTX 580 seems a little cheaper than the 3800 too. I'll drop the support guys an e-mail regarding the build.

    All the best,

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