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New PC/Hackintosh for GPU Rendering, CAD & Post Production

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November 30, 2012 7:44:31 AM

I'm currently trying to build a new PC for GPU rendering as well as modeling, animation, post production and CAD work.The software that I'm planning on using is Vray/ Lumion / Maxwell / Autodesk Showcase, 3Ds Max/Cinema 4d, After Effects, Revit Architecture,Rhino, Photoshop.

I'm aiming for a dead silent build due to having a Mac Mini since 2009 and I absolutely felt in love with how silent it is.To make things even more complex, I'm aiming to run OS X on it thus making it into a Hackint0sh since it will replace my Mac Mini.

Here's the build that I came up with:
CPU:Intel I7 3770k Socket 1155
GPU: Sapphire RADEON HD 7950 Vapor X <- seen it's 2-3x faster then a nvidia card via OPEN CL not CUDA and the Vapor X model seams to be somehow silent.
Cooler:stock intel or Noctua NH-D14 or Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO <- thinking of stock due to the fact that the case may muffle the sound of it
HDD: Samsung 830 128gb SSD
Memory: Corsair Vengeance CL10 PC3-12800 2 X 8GB 1600Mhz
Motherboard: Gigabyte DS3H for Z77 <- due to the ease of use of running a hackintosh
PSU: OCZ ZS 750W
CASE:Corsair 550D or Fractal Design R4 <- due to the sound proofing
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Budget: around 1000 Euros
Timeframe of purchase: next 2 weeks
Overclocking: don't know, depending on how much performance boost I will get compared to stock

I would greatly appreciate if you could share some opinions , tips , recommendations,etc regarding the build.

Thanks!

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December 1, 2012 2:26:00 PM

I think for what you're planning on doing you should go for 32GB of RAM. Also double check wether these apps that you've mentioned support OpenCL with AMD GPU's (I know that nVidia's CUDA is more popular). 750W PSU is an overkill and not really a great PSU either. You'd be better served by Seasonic X-650 139$. It has a switch allowing you to turn off the fan. And its a quality PSU. One more thing - don't expect that a full blown PC will be completely silent under load. It probably will not, although you can tune it to make it as silent as possible.
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