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$2000 New Rig for Architecture Rendering Machine

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August 1, 2012 3:29:51 PM

Hi guys, I'm building my computer (from scratch) soon, any recommendation?

Budget: $2,000
Parts needed: Everything (except wacom tablet)
Buying Date: This month (August 2012)

Softwares I'll be using intensively:
- AutoCAD
- Sketchup
- 3dsMax (Mental Ray, Vray)
- All softwares come with Wacom Intuos5 Pen Tablet (including photoshop element 10)

***I'm getting a Wacom Intuos5, but it's excluded from the budget.
***I'm not going to Overclock it.

As an architectural illustrator, I'll be producing high quality architectural renderings massively with this computer,
how far can $2,000 go?

Thanks in advance. only feedback from guys. tq.
August 1, 2012 4:13:12 PM

^ Although I know relatively little about professional graphics cards, aren't you likely better off with a pro card rather than a gaming card? I recognize that the HD 7000 series has great compute power, but it's still designed for gaming rather than rendering uses. Also, although I'm again not sure how these things work for pro settings, might you be better off with 16 GB of RAM (which is, after all, dirt cheap)?
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August 1, 2012 4:15:01 PM

I have no Idea when it comes to Rendering cards, Its a starting point to look at
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August 1, 2012 5:05:42 PM

No, pro graphics cards aren't worth it. They have better drivers, yes, but they cost far too much to be worth fitting into a $2000 build that has to include a monitor and peripherals (I assume "everything" includes a mouse and keyboard).
Yes, I'd bring it up to 16gb of RAM.
Here we are at $1725 or so. Pick your own mouse and case. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dAwy
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August 1, 2012 5:16:04 PM

kajabla said:
No, pro graphics cards aren't worth it. They have better drivers, yes, but they cost far too much to be worth fitting into a $2000 build that has to include a monitor and peripherals (I assume "everything" includes a mouse and keyboard).
Yes, I'd bring it up to 16gb of RAM.


Pro graphics cards tend to have a 24 hour guaranteed replacement service attached to them, which is the reason for their high prices. Still, for this budget, one may have to go with a consumer Radeon.
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August 3, 2012 2:31:29 AM

intel Core i7 3820
MSI X79A-GD45
Corsair 1333 ram 4GB x4
Winfast Quadro 2000D 1GB
Silverstone 600W Essential
Seagate 3TB HDD
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Lite-On 22x DVDRW
Xigmatek Asgard Pro casing
Dell U2412HM 24" LED
Logitech MK220 Desktop combo

What do you guys think about this?
And if i spend more to go for i7 3930k, will it BOOST UP my machine rendering performance?

Which are the parts that critical to rendering computer?
Processor and RAM?
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August 3, 2012 4:23:24 PM

Processor, RAM, and video card will be most important. I'm not sure that it makes sense to go to LGA2011 if you get the 3820. Compared to a good ole LGA 1155, and in particular an Ivy Bridge i7-3770k, the only advantages you get are the quad-channel RAM and more PCIe (which you don't need). So I think you should either go for a 3770k and get a cheaper motherboard, or go all the way and get the 3930k, which has two additional physical cores over the 3820 or 3770k.
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August 4, 2012 12:39:11 AM

Also socket 2011 is kinda dead in the water now. Next year Intel is releasing their socket 1055
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August 4, 2012 1:28:04 AM

Quote:
if that's what the OP wants....
show some benches between the two, make your case and just don't say so..

not arguing, just saying.
heck, I'd like to see some (benches and charts) for myself...
:) 



I know its only one Bench mark

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/523?vs=551
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