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Want to build a CPU good at 3d rendering, help please!

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July 2, 2012 11:52:23 AM

Hello guys! I have been doing some research and reading this forum. But I could still use a little advice on this computer build. I am looking to build a computer that is great for 3d rendering, which takes up a lot of computer resources.

I'll list the components I am at looking at, any advice would be appreciated on what to get (or what not to get). I need everything for this computer, not using any parts I already have. Also my budget is not unlimited, but I do not want to skimp anywhere, I want close to the best basically. Ok here is what I've been looking at so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K $350

MOBO: Intel BOXDZ77GA70K LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $220

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model $220

HHD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $120

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2BAA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $130

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $19

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0 $100

PSU: XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply $138

I don't have a clue what to get for the grapchics card (GPU).

I would really appreciate help and pointers from you guys, this will be my first build but I still want to do it right! Thanks
July 2, 2012 12:01:41 PM

Any preferred website? 32GB of RAM is a bit questionable. How many programs do you plan to use at the same time? Also whats your budget?
July 2, 2012 12:37:50 PM

i personally think that 32gb of ram is completely overkill for the z77 platform. if you just render a lot, id invest in a x79 platform where there are 6 core CPUs

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bepw

heres a z77 build that is very close to yours
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July 2, 2012 1:15:17 PM

Preferred website probably newegg. No set budget, but I don't think I need a $500 video card? So you guys think there is no advantage to 32gb, just go with 16gb? I will have to read some more on the Intel 6 cores, probably more expensive but thats ok. Thanks guys
July 2, 2012 1:32:35 PM

Id go with the build TheBigTroll suggested. Id find you stuff on newegg tomorrow. I still have school. XD
July 2, 2012 2:34:06 PM

Just a quick suggestion from me. If the program you use allows it, graphics cards can be used for processing power for things such as 3d rendering. That's why workstations have so much gpu power. Hope this helps you.
July 2, 2012 2:42:53 PM

adz716 said:
Just a quick suggestion from me. If the program you use allows it, graphics cards can be used for processing power for things such as 3d rendering. That's why workstations have so much gpu power. Hope this helps you.

That was the question I was wondering at. What GPU do you have to buy to compete with the Intel Core i7 3770K? (3d video rendering)
July 2, 2012 5:37:12 PM

Nw333 said:
Id go with the build TheBigTroll suggested. Id find you stuff on newegg tomorrow. I still have school. XD


Mine ended a week ago ;) 
July 2, 2012 5:40:07 PM

Binay_97 said:
That was the question I was wondering at. What GPU do you have to buy to compete with the Intel Core i7 3770K? (3d video rendering)



If you use OpenCL, you should get a 7970 as it has more compute power than a 690. if you are planning to use CUDA, id get the 670 or the 580. the 580 is more suitable for compute but if you do not plan to compute with the GPU, the 670 serves you fine
July 2, 2012 5:51:31 PM

I have figured out I won't really be using cuda software, mostly just 3d modeling (usually use Google Sketchup 8) and rendering programs Maxwell and Twilight. What I will be using it for is mainly to make renders of invention ideas (products) for myself and others.

I have looked at all the processors, I have kind of decided the intel 6 core is more than I want to spend at $600. And the AMD 6 and 8 cores seem to run hot and maybe not better than an intel i7 quad core? So I have kind of come back to the intel 3770k because its 3rd generation i7, and only $50 more at 350 than its 2nd gen sandy bridge cpus. I guess I am looking to make a "good" budget computer if that makes sense.
July 2, 2012 6:04:50 PM

the bulldozer chips are pretty good in multi-threaded applications but suck ass in everything else.

if the 6 core is out of reach, the 4 core i7 is almost as good
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