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[New Build] For 3D Modeling/Rendering need feedback

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July 14, 2012 4:00:12 PM
July 14, 2012 4:59:45 PM

Just about ready to purchase these components, just need a quick look through from someone knowledgeable...
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July 14, 2012 5:13:22 PM

1. The GPU is a waste of money for 3D rendering/modeling, a 7970 is a much better GPU for handling these tasks, especially because it can handle up to 6 screens at once.
2. This mobo has better price/performance. If you don't need 2 extra PCIe slots.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. PSU is overkill. 750W should be enough, even if you plan to Crossfire/SLI.
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July 14, 2012 5:14:34 PM

I'm not expert, but I think that is pretty good. I also have the 3930K, and its great for CAD and such. Also fantastic for video rendering, if you do that. This should last you a while.
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July 14, 2012 6:31:50 PM

fpoon said:
1. The GPU is a waste of money for 3D rendering/modeling, a 7970 is a much better GPU for handling these tasks, especially because it can handle up to 6 screens at once.
2. This mobo has better price/performance. If you don't need 2 extra PCIe slots.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. PSU is overkill. 750W should be enough, even if you plan to Crossfire/SLI.


1. I had heard that due to the CUDA cores in the GTX it would be better for using 3d DCC programs, is this not true? I'm unsure how exactly it works, I just want to buy the card that will perform better.

2. Does the mobo have all the same features for reducing CPU speed while idling, etc..?

3. I definitely want to future proof the machine well (pref 4 years), maybe I'll go for a 850 or 950?

Thank you for the input, all feedback is much appreciated
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July 14, 2012 6:38:29 PM

I was reading that the GTX 680 architecture is not optimized for 3D programs, and more games. Which 7970 should I go with? I remember reading that a new version of the 7970s would be coming out to better compete with the 680 or 690 even.
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July 14, 2012 8:06:36 PM

Okay I've looked into some 7970's, and decided to go with the Sapphire 3gb 7970 OC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At this point I have but one question...Will the listed case be able to work with my H70 Liquid Cooling radiator, which will require x2 120mm fans...but I don't think the case has a 120mm slot, can someone reccomend a full tower case that would house and cool all the hardware I've listed?
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July 14, 2012 8:30:57 PM

It's impossible to give an actual knowledgeable review of this build without knowing a lot more.

Specifically, what programs you will be using. Different programs have different requirements. How intensively are these programs being used? Do you have consistent deadlines and other time constraints?

What do you mean by DCC? This?
http://www.dccwiki.com/DCC_Software
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July 15, 2012 1:27:55 PM

Proximon said:
It's impossible to give an actual knowledgeable review of this build without knowing a lot more.

Specifically, what programs you will be using. Different programs have different requirements. How intensively are these programs being used? Do you have consistent deadlines and other time constraints?

What do you mean by DCC? This?
http://www.dccwiki.com/DCC_Software



Mainly, I'll be using Autodesk Maya, 3DS Max, Adobe After Effects, and Nuke for compositing. I mean DCC as in Digital Content Creation programs, such as the ones listed. I most likely will not be using these programs at high intensity at first...as I am going to be spending time learning them. However, this computer is for college, and I would like it to have components in there that can last me a good 4 years without requiring too many small upgrades in between.

Hope this will give more information to get some more feedback.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_content_creation
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July 15, 2012 2:39:35 PM

I think the H100 is overkill unless you plan on overclocking the CPU. If you're serious about adding cooling, I would do some more research and get a better system that will allow you to cool the video card and other components. Check out this site
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php

One more note... Have you looked at true Workstation video cards? I think you'll definitely get more life and longevity out of one.
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July 15, 2012 7:39:34 PM

The H100 is a nice CPU cooling solution, if you need it. Dingo07 is right in that the cooler is overkill if your only criteria is cooling... however that extra margin can translate into quieter operation as slower fans can be used for the same result as air cooling.

I don't think I would spend so much on a gaming card when you could get a decent optimized WS card for a similar price. A 7950 perhaps... if you were going to game as well.

Even an old Quadro FX card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This would be the ideal card for the setup if your budget allowed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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July 15, 2012 7:46:42 PM

You should ask about that build on Autodesk and Maya forums. I'm way out of date on professional graphics products, but some do better with one card or another...as several people have mentioned, the workstation cards instead of the gaming cards. And while the AMD cards have theoretically better double precision support, CUDA is not only a type of GPU core it is also a language for doing GPU programming and it is considerably more mature than OpenCL which AMD uses, so some programs are optimized better for nVidia even if the AMD card has more potential.
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July 15, 2012 7:56:05 PM

What's the budget for a video card? If you could get amazing performance with years of life, are you willing to spend twice what the computer build cost is?
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July 16, 2012 1:07:31 AM

I would definitely OC the CPU at some point. However, concerning a workstation video card: I've decided I would prefer a cheaper gaming video card alternative because I will also be using this computer for gaming. I want a card that will have high clock speeds, and will support multiple monitors and run well within these programs, but sacrificing the ability to play games on the side is something I'm not willing to do...unless a workstation card can play the latest games well
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