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Rig designed for work / University : CGI Rendering - Need Advice!

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August 21, 2012 6:33:31 AM

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




Do you need to buy OS: NO have 7 premuim




Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon/Ebuyer




Location: England




Parts Preferences: Intel 




Overclocking:Yes




SLI or Crossfire:Maybe 




Your Monitor Resolution:1680x 1050


CPU

Intel BX80619I73930K Core i7-3930K 6-Core Processor (3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo), Socket 2011, 12MB L3 Cache, Turbo Boost 2.0)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00681D9ZI/ref=asc_df_B00681...

CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-D14 Dual Radiator and Fan Socket LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM3, AM2+, AM2
http://www.ebuyer.com/195165-noctua-nh-d14-dual-radiato...


Motherboard

Asus Sabertooth X79 Motherboard (Socket 2011, Intel X79, DDR3, ATX, PCI Express 3.0, USB 3.0, Thermal Armor, ASUS SSD Caching)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00667B8O8/ref=asc_df_B00667...


Memory x2

16GB Mushkin Enhanced Redline Ridgeback #994052 (4x4GB) 1866 (PC3-14900) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CAS 9-9-9-27 1.5V
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/16GB...

Hard Drive Already purchased 2TB


Hard Drive (SSD)
OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD
http://www.ebuyer.com/268244-ocz-120gb-agility-3-ssd-ag...


Video Card
Already purchased. (NVidia 9800GT 1GB Green Edition PCIE . DDR3,)
http://www.pcupgrade.co.uk/productdetails.asp?productid...

Case
CM Storm Stryker Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/388851-cm-storm-stryker-case-sgc-...

Power Supply

650W Corsair AX Series 80PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie...











August 21, 2012 6:37:54 AM

Double post accident.
August 21, 2012 12:57:27 PM

pretty dumb to spend money on a card thats 4 years old but if its from your old rig, no problem

if you are rendering 3d on the graphics card, the 9800gt will tank. you would need something more powerful like a quadro card or a high end geforce card

personally id go with a i7 3770k and save some money there but im going to post 2 builds.

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/fdRM

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/fdRU

the i7 3770k isnt too much behind the i7 3930k but it is 200 pounds cheaper
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August 21, 2012 3:41:02 PM

TheBigTroll said:
pretty dumb to spend money on a card thats 4 years old but if its from your old rig, no problem

if you are rendering 3d on the graphics card, the 9800gt will tank. you would need something more powerful like a quadro card or a high end geforce card

personally id go with a i7 3770k and save some money there but im going to post 2 builds.

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/fdRM

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/fdRU

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.
August 21, 2012 4:26:50 PM

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.
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