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Alex Glawion - post author

Hi, I’m Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I’ve built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

Feel free to comment and ask for suggestions on your PC-Build or 3D-related Problem, I’ll do my best to help out!

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KAGAME

HI Alex!, I have been following your site for months now, doing all sorts of research, and I was hoping I could get your analysis of a build I am considering…
I intend to do a lot of work with Cinema 4D (Modeling, Animation and RENDERING) /After Effects (compositing)/ and 4K video editing (potentially with a Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera). Here is the build I am considering in light of the new Ryzen 3000 series processors… Yes I know! ….expensive…

AMD RYZEN THREADRIPPER 3970x (CPU)
GIGABYTE TRX 40 AORUS XTREME: EL-ATX (MOTHERBOARD)
COOLER MASTER MLX-D36M-A20PC-T1
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080Ti (4: FOUR GPU’s)
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SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS SERIES 2TB PCIe NVME-M.2 INTERNAL STORAGE SSD (MZ-V7S2TOB/AM):
CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO 128GB (4x 32GB: 3000MHz CL16) CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO 128GB (8x 16GB: 3000MGz CL16)
G SKILL F4-3600 C16Q-64 GTZR TRIDENT Z RGB DDR4-3600MHz CL 16-16-16-36 1.35V 64GB (4x 16GB)
G SKILL F4-3600 C18Q-128 GTZR TRIDENT Z RGB DDR4-3600MHz CL 18-22-22-42 1.35V 128GB (4x 32GB)
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ASUS PA 329C 32’’ 4K 3840x 2160
ASUS PA329Q 32’’ 4K 3840x 2160

I am intending to utilize VRAY to GPU and (GPU+CPU) enhance the speed of my renders. As well I don’t think I will be Overclocking. If I can, I would like the system to work ‘as is’ and try to future proof as much as possible. I am NOT a ‘GAMER’. I would like what comes out of this computer, end up in film and television.

Question #1:
Am I losing GPU ‘Rendering Speed’ with the GIGABYTE TRX 40 AORUS XTREME running PCIe lanes at x16/x8/16/x8 [ (4) ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080Ti GPU’s ]. Is this faster than a ASROCK TRX40 TAICHI running the PCIe lanes at x16/x16/x16 [ (3) ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080Ti GPU’s ].

Question #2:
Can I get 4 ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080Ti GPU’s onto the GIGABYTE TRX 40 AORUS XTREME motherboard? If so, what type of cooling problems and solutions would you recommend?

Question #3
Above is a series of ram solutions I looked into for the GIGABYTE TRX 40 AORUS XTREME motherboard. Could you give me an idea how ‘you’ would populate the RAM (speed (MHz)/ proportion (#’s,GB’s)/ Brand) on this motherboard. I am open to 128GB’s RAM to future proof for years, but can easily go down to 64GB’s of RAM. I likely will have quite a bit of 4K footage to process either on its own or compositing with Cinema 4D.

Question #4
On your website you tend to favour the ASUS PA329Q 32’’ 4K 3840x 2160, but I have found online the ASUS PA 329C 32’’ 4K 3840x 2160. The ASUS PA 329C 32’’ appears to have a better DCI-P3 rating (98% compared to 90%). As well a brightness of 400cd/m squared compared to a 350cd/m squared. Plus a HDR 10 Display HDR 600. I am thinking of this in regards to film and television. Hope all my #’s are correct!

Question #5
I intend to use (2) of these above monitors. One for my software and pallets, and the other for what I am working on. Do you see anything wrong with the computers build configuration at this point? If so, what monitor, if such would ‘you’ use as a software/pallets monitor? I keep this in mind, at 4k, that there may or may not be an issue with seeing fonts and such off the software and pallets monitor. I understand there is potentially a way to make the fonts larger. What do you think?? Should I be ok?

Question #6
The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080Ti has an output of a Displayport 1.4 and the two above indicated monitor(s) have a Displayport input of 1.2. What are your thoughts insofar as whatever I have captured in 4K, (on the computer) that these Motion Graphics will be downgraded when they have reached the monitors??? Really hoping on an authoritative perspective as I’ve looked through forums and there is some concern amongst some that the resolution may be downgraded. Do I need to match the displayport inputs and GPU’s (Displayports 1.4 to 1.4) or am I just out of luck finding a outstanding 10 bit, 32’’, displayport 1.4, IPS, great colors, monitor

Sorry… it’s a lot of questions… I’ve been reading for a while trying to figure this all out. Any help with cooling solutions/ power supply and case are really helpful as well!! I really appreciate your help and thank you for your time. You website is an excellent resource!!!

KAGAME

AHHH..
and 4 Samsung 970 evo Plus Series Hard drives.
2Tb’s PCIe NVMe- M.2.
Will 4 of these drives compromise the computer in any way seeing as how the
GIGABYTE TRX 40 AORUS XTREME: EL-ATX (MOTHERBOARD) is configured???
Thanks again !

KAGAME

Thank you soooooooooo much Alex !!!!!!!! I really appreciate you help and time!!
You have now reduced a lot of anxiety that I was having in regards to if this ‘Machine’ would be compatible on many levels!!! Have a great day !!!!
Cheers !!!!!!!!!
Kagame

rose

Hi Alex. I have some more question.
I use 4 blowing style GPU and normally things done in 2-3 hours but I have to render the long animation so I have to let it render 10 hours+ after that I found out that some GPU slow down from 1 min to 2 min to finish the frame. (the frame is only character so it is pretty much the same)

4 GPU render the same scene and heat build up 88’c is that normal heat?

I already use good airflow case like dark base pro 900 rev2 that come with 3 small fan rack.

Do I need to customize the fan speed of GPU or something?

or any suggestion?

Josh

Hi Alex.

I’m new to this sort of stuff, so I was hoping for some advice and PC build recommendations for BlenderAnimations & VideoEditting. In hopes of minimising virus spread, I’d like to get a PC with 2 hard drives and operating systems in 1. One for surfing and the other for animation. They won’t be running at the same time.
Would I only need 2 harddrives, or would I need 2 sets of motherboards, graphic cards etc. ?
Ideally it’s best if both systems have the same specs. My price range is under $2200. Do you have any part suggestions?

Thanks for any help

Hi Josh,

Thanks for dropping a line!

It’s not advisable to build two (2) separate workstations, especially if one will only be used for surfing. If you push through with this, you’d end up having two separate PCs that are less powerful than you’d want them to. It would be best if you use all your budget to get the best components for a single workstation. If you want to minimize virus spread, Windows comes with the integrated Microsoft Defender Antivirus for comprehensive, ongoing, and real-time protection against viruses and other threats.

That said, here are the components you can get for your budget of $2,200:

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Nc1Em0i0yim

CPU: Intel i7 10700k 3.7GHz 8-Core Processor ($495.00)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 ($67.48)
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming ATX LGA1200 ($257.07)
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X ($618.94)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 C16 ($179.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($174.79)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($133.90)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($154.34)

This build will cost you around $2081.51 but you can expect exceptional performance from this workstation when you do your animation and video editing tasks.

Cheers,
Alex

rose

1.I use blender cycle render the render take 27 sec to “synchronize object” and loading image but use only 3 sec to finish the tile and denoise.

I notice that it is very slow when loading texture like when switch from solid mode to lookdev.

2.When playing animation that model has 30,700 of vertices it can’t keep viewport at 30FPS. I’m working in solid mode and model have no modify except rigify rig armature then set playback to Nosync. Really weird.

Is there any way to fix it or some part of PC that can upgrade?

CPU thread ripper 1900x
GPU RTX 2070 super X 4
Ram 64 ddr4 2133
Window 10
SSD 960 evo 1 TB
Motherboard gigabyte x399 designare ex

Michael Shiao Chen

Hi Alex,

Firstly I’d like to say this website has been a huge help in helping me decide what parts to buy. I work as a freelance animator/director and do a range of jobs between CG character animation (Maya) to 2D storyboarding/concepting and some 3D modelling. I’ve been mainly wanting to upgrade my 5 year old rig and have been doing more redshift CG work, mostly as static proof of concept styleframes for pitching purposes. My maximum budget is around 5500 USD and would like your input on the following specs I’ve put together. My main questions are regarding the power supply – if it’s enough to power the specs and also if I have sufficient cooling.

Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2
CPU: Intel Core i9 9900K Octa Core LGA 1151 3.60GHz Unlocked CPU Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 Multi-Socket PWM CPU Cooler
Mbboard: ASUS PRIME Z390-A LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard
Memory: 2X Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x 16GB) DDR4 CL15 3000MHz Memory
Hard Drives: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB NVMe
Seagate ST4000DM004 4TB BarraCuda 3.5″ SATA3 Desktop Hard Drive
PSU: Corsair AX1200i 1200W Digital 80+ Platinum Modular Power Supply
GPU: 2X ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Turbo 11GB Video Card

Thanks!
Mike

Rene Gibson

Hey Alex,

I’m coming from the mac side and finally jumping into PC as I’ve fallen in love with Blender. In the very near future I will be branching out to C4D as well as Maya and ZBrush. I do a lot compositing currently in BFX Silhoutte and AE using Trapcode in a lot of my work. Currently running on the 2019 macbook bro i9-8core and an EGPU housing an RTX 2080ti.

My background is in video editing and aside from that, as it stands all of my workflows suffer – AE, Blender, even Silhouette. I soon will be using Octane and based on one of the articles here, am curious about Corona.

My question is a bit layered – I need fast viewport performance and I know you’ve mentioned the 3990x isn’t a great option for this. But I also detrimentally need to not be stuck waiting 5-6 hours everytime I send a composite pass in AE. (Usually my workflow entails 3-4 passes on one shot alone before it’s complete). So cutting my render times down there matters greatly. I’m wondering if I can offset some of the performance lost in viewport on a 3990x build by using Octane with a good GPU set up (referring to Blender/C4D etc…)

Currently looking at this build money is no issue as I’m leasing the purchase. My time is priceless these days and I’m sick of spending 7 days on a shot that should take 2.

Threadripper 3990X 64 core processor
360mm AIO liquid cooler from NZXT Or Corsair
TRX40 GIGABYTE AORUS MASTER or DESIGNARE motherboard
128GB DDR4 3200mhz+ RAM
2x RTX TITAN -24gb VRAM
TITAN NVLINK
2TB NVME super speed PCIE 4.0 Drive – main
6TB mechanical storage drive
1200W Seasonic Platinum Prime PSU

*One note – I”m undecided as to wether to get two Titans or two 2080tis… I’ve seen a lot of really impressive benchmarks on the Titans as single GPUS. And have noticed that NVLINK in either case doesn’t really do much. Can you shed some light here?

Nyny

Hi Alex,

I’m working on 3D renders (C4D,Octane,Blender,Redshift etc…) and motion design (After Effect, Photoshop,Illustrator, Nuke etc…) and I need to build my new machine. So I was wondering if you could take a look at the build below and check that there are no issues or incompatibilities between components.

CPU : AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
CPU COOLER : Corsair H115i Platinium
MOTHERBOARD : Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI)
MEMORY (RAM) : Corsair Vengeance LPX Black DDR4 2 x 32 Go 2666 MHz CAS 16
GRAPHICS CARD : MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Ventus GP
SSD : Kingston KC2500 – 250 Go
STORAGE : Seagate BarraCuda – 2 To – 256 Mo
CASE : Cooler Master Masterbox MB511 TG RGB – Noir
POWER SUPPLY : Corsair RM850

I have a doubt about the compatibility between the RAM and the Motherboard…but maybe it’s okay.

Thanks in advance!

Steve

I do photo editing, graphic design, want to get into video editing for small youtube type projects not an independent film, and I want to be able to do serious work on interior/exterior home designs and renderings (room flythrough animations). I have gone through some of your articles but I see 3 different builds based on what I want to do with my computer. What build would be best to combine all of these interests? I am not into gaming but I want a good machine under hopefully 2k that can handle some big but not huge projects. Main software list is Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Premier Pro, Blender.

Thanks in advance!

Hey Steve,

Thanks for asking!

Here’s a very capable all-rounder build that for your use case:

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=yb1Eg0e0gfb

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8GHz 12-Core Processor ($415.00)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 AM4 ($89.90)
Motherboard: ASUS Pro WS X570-ACE ATX AM4 ($379.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X ($569.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($159.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 PRO 512GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($149.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series Platinum RM850x 850W Power Supply ($127.21)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.73)

The total cost of the build comes up to around $1997.80 but you can expect the Ryzen 9 3900X CPU and 32GB of RAM to deliver an excellent performance in terms of making your workflow fast and smooth. This build also comes with an RTX 2070 Super graphics card that delivers a better GPU render performance thanks to its support for CUDA core acceleration. All in all, this build should be more than powerful enough to handle your projects.

Cheers,
Alex

Mike

I ordered everything for my pc-builder except for the Power Supply. The pc-builder recommended a CORSAIR RM850x which is not available on amazon, best buy, or newegg. What other power supply units will work for my build that requires around 390 Watts (https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=zq1Dh0b0lfb)?

Moritz

Hi Alex,

thanks a lot for your useful tips on this site. Without previous experience, I was able to build my new CG workstation. This was amazing! 🙂

I am using:

– Ryzen 3900 CPU
– Pro WS X570-ACE Motherboard
– MSI Geforce RTX 2070 Super, OC-Ventus
– RM 850x power supply

This combination worked so far.
Now I bought a second gpu, same model.

When trying to boot the workstation with 2 similar gpu’s, only one graphics is detected. The other one does not start it’s fans.
I switched the cards to test if the new one might be damaged, but seperately used, both work fine.
Now when I have two gpu’s connected to my power supply (there are two slots for pci-e provided) none of the cards starts up. Only when I remove power from the second one, the first will start.

I also switched cables once to make sure it is not because of a damaged cable.

By the way, I did not buy a sli-bridge so far, if that matters…

Do you have any suggestions what I could be looking for?
Would be really helpful to get a hint. Thanks for your great work here!

Thanks & cheers,
Moritz