I'm currently working at a design agency specialising in 3D work. I spend most of my time working on arch-vis projects which often contain large poly counts that are very memory intensive in both the view port and at final render time.
I'm also heading off to university this year so I really want to get my rig sorted before I start my course, due to some generous scholarships I have a nice bulk of cash that I can spend on my new rig. I've looked at a few parts so far but but its been a while since I upgraded my computer fully so I'm a little rusty on what's good so if my heading down the wrong path tell me!
Here's the list of parts I have so far, if you have any suggestions to my build that would be great. Just making sure I have everything perfect before I make the buy.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: 1000-1600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D rendering, Compositing
Are you buying a monitor: no
Parts to Upgrade: Everything except GPU & Hardrive
the i7 3770k isnt too much behind the i7 3930k but it is 200 pounds cheaper
Wow thanks for the help, some of the parts you linked seem a lot cheaper and of the same standard of those I was planning to buy which is perfect!
Yea the video card is the one currently in my rig, I've been looking into quadro cards ever since someone suggested one on another forum I frequent. I thought most of the actual rendering was done by the CPU. Will a quadro card decrease rendering times or just speed up the view port renderer? Also what's your take on the AMD FirePro? For reference my usual workflow is a combination of maya, zbrush and Vue + both mental ray and vray.
if your programs are comptable with firepro cards, then id recommend something like their v7900 or their newer cards such as the w7000.it comes down to the software support
im not a professional so i dont really know too much of the programs but if you are rendering graphics, workstation cards are the way to go since gaming cards arent optimized for these tasks and vice versa.