Building the Best Cinema 4D Workstation Computer [2020 Guide]

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Building the Best Cinema 4D Workstation Computer [2020 Guide]

It’s always fun to research new PC-Parts to make your new Workstation or Computer work as fast as possible in the Programs you use, without having to spend an arm and a leg.

Making sure your hardware is not slowing you down when using the Computer is of utmost importance. It keeps you from loosing valuable time that would eat into your margins.

This is why I have put together this Guide to building the best bang-for-the-buck Cinema 4D PC and Workstation.

If you are using other Software too, such as Blender, Sketchup, After Effects, or would just like to take a look at what an all-round PC for 3D-Modeling & Rendering would look like, check this Article.

But first, let me say this:

Don’t buy a pre-built Workstation!

Don’t buy a pre-built Workstation, as these are ridiculously over-priced. A PC that consists of the same parts that I recommend in this Article, will cost you at least 30% more when buying Pre-Built. Often even more than that.

Build your own Workstation

Building the PC yourself is probably the most fun part of getting a new Computer.

If you have never built a Computer before you might think: I don’t know how! I might end up breaking something.

Let me tell you this: If you know how to put together a Lego set, you can build a Computer.

Here is our Beginner’s PC-Building Guide that is easy to follow and will get you started quickly.

How to build a PC -Step by Step

If you don’t think you want to build it yourself, many shops offer to put together the hardware you chose for some extra money.

That said, what I could do now, is just list a few Hardware parts and say: “Hey, buy that, it’s the best.” Unfortunately it’s not quite that easy.

What the best Computer for Cinema 4D is, really depends on your use case. Are you mainly Animating? Modeling? GPU Rendering? CPU Rendering? Simulating? Texturing?

From all of those links, you can already tell that we have specialized Guides on almost every aspect of a 3D Artist’s Pipeline.

PC for Cinema 4D Viewport Animation Modeling

This List could go on so what I will try to do here when People ask me what the best Computer for 3D Animation, the best Workstation for 3D Modeling or specifically the best Computer for Cinema 4D is,  is configure a Workstation that makes most of the stuff an average Cinema 4D User uses, run the best it can.

With “most of the stuff” I mean:

  • Animating: Great performance
  • Modeling: Great performance
  • Texturing: Great performance
  • Simulating: Good average performance
  • CPU Rendering: Good average performance
  • GPU Rendering: Good average performance

You’ll notice in the list above, that I focused on making active work processes run the best they can – These are the tasks that you work on actively while sitting in front of your PC.

Passive processes, such as rendering, are tasks that the Computer can do on its own, without you necessarily being present.

Cinema 4D Render Stages - CPU Rendering

Why this differentiation?

Take a look at our 3D Modeling & Rendering Guide here for an in-depth answer. To summarize, it has to do with 1. specific PC-Parts (e.g. the CPU) that are optimized for specific workloads, and 2. your work-hours being that much more valuable than passive pc-work-hours.

So here goes:

Best Hardware Parts for Cinema 4D

The Best CPU for Cinema 4D: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, 3950X or i9 9900K

Wait, What?

A 8-16 Core CPU for a 3D Software? Couldn’t I easily get an AMD Threadripper or Intel Xeon CPU that has up to 64 cores with better rendering performance…?, you might ask.

You could get such a Rendering-Monster-CPU, but you shouldn’t.

Cinema 4D CPU

Ryzen 3600 CPU in its Socket

Let me explain why:

Your work hours are much more expensive and valuable than the computer’s work hours. You can easily bill a client tenfold for your own working hours, compared to your computer’s render-time.

If this Computer will be your Workstation for actively working on your projects, you will want the fastest feedback and Viewport in Cinema 4D as possible.

A slow Viewport and lagging Clicks is something we want to avoid or at least reduce as much as possible or you will end up becoming frustrated, work slower and probably lose quite some motivation.

The Computer should not slow you down when actively interacting with it.

You will want real-time playback when animating your characters, sculpting on millions of polygons or set-dressing some hundreds of thousands of trees into your environment.

Every split second here counts.

Many Cinema 4D features like deformers, generators or cloners are calculated on the processor using only a single CPU-core. This is where you will want the fastest possible core speed.

Why just a single CPU Core?

Because many processes are heavily dependent on hierarchy chains and can only be stepped through one at a time and not offloaded to different Cores.

Cinebench Scores - Single Core Hierarchy

Hierarchy of Execution (simplified)

As CPUs have temperature and power limitations, this is how it usually is set up: A CPU with fewer cores can clock very high and a CPU with a lot of cores has to clock fairly low so it doesn’t get too hot or draw too much power.

This, fortunately, leaves us with some great CPUs to pick from:

The Intel i9 9900k has a 3.6 GHz base clock and a 5.0 GHz Turbo Clock to make your viewport refresh as fast as currently possible. (Check our Cinema 4D Viewport Performance Benchmark Rankings here)

It also is a CPU with currently one of the highest Cinebench Single-Core Scores on the market.

The i7 9700K, although slightly lower tier, offers similar speeds but comes at a better price point.

But..

Although Intel still has a small single core performance lead in many workloads, AMD has caught up to Intel with their 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs.

AMD Ryzen vs Intel CPU

And the great thing about these new CPUs is, that you can get the 12-Core AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU at the same or even lower price as the Intel i9 9900K. But with 12 Cores you have higher multi-core performance for those Renderings you’d like to get done quicker.

Another great pick is the 16-Core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, which is a great all-rounder CPU for decent Rendering Performance and active work performance.

Highly recommended!

Memory (RAM) for Cinema 4D: 32+ GByte DDR4

RAM prices have unfortunately increased in the last couple of months but 32GB helps a lot when you have complex scenes (high polycounts, displacements…) and many large textures, or multiple applications open at the same time.

When it comes to RAM be sure to check out our guide on buying the Best RAM for 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs.

I recommend the Corsair LPX Vengeance 2x16GB 3200MHz RAM Kit as the Corsair Vengeance Brand has been proven many times to be among the highest valued RAM Modules you can get for any kind of Platform – be it Intel or AMD.

Corsair Vengeance LPX

Image-Source: Corsair

To maximize your performance when choosing RAM be sure to get high-clocking RAM with low Latency. 3200Mhz or 3600Mhz Kits are the standard nowadays and will squeeze some extra bit of performance out of your system compared to lower clocked RAM (2400, 2666Mhz).

Your final Memory Size should be in a Kit, as Modules within a Kit are factory pre-tested. That way you don’t risk incompatibilities that can arise when mixing Modules of different Kits, even if they are of the exact same type. (e.g. buying two 16GB Kits for a total of 32GB instaad of a single 32GB Kit)

Graphics Card: Nvidia RTX 2070 Super or 2060 Super

For most, there is absolutely no need to get an overpriced Nvidia Workstation Graphics Card (Quadro). Since the bottleneck in Cinema 4D Viewport Performance is almost always the single-core CPU performance, a “Gaming” Graphics Card such as the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super or 2060 Super will be more than enough for everyday workloads.

Nvidia RTX 2070

Image-Source: Nvidia

You really only need Quadro or other “Pro” GPUs when you rely on either official software certification or official support from the application’s vendor. This though is really just interesting for people working in large corporations or using Software such as Solidworks that comes with features that only run well on Quadro GPUs.

For Cinema 4D, stick with a Mainstream GPU. (Nvidia GTX, RTX, AMD Radeon RX)

GPU Rendering in Cinema 4D

If you are planning on rendering with your GPU (Redshift, Octane, Vray …) you should consider a second or even third GPU or you can get a single higher tier GPU such as the RTX 2080 Super or even the RTX 2080ti 11GB.

Multi GPU for Rendering

Get a quick overview of how powerful different GPUs are with the Redshift Benchmark List here.

The important part here is how much VRAM you will need to render your scenes and if your render engine can use system memory if the scene is larger than the VRAM.

The Nvidia RTX 2070 Super currently offers the highest value in many benchmarks and also pulls ahead in price/performance ratio in Octanbench.

Highly recommended!

AMD has GPU offerings too, and if you use ProRender or another GPU Render Engine that supports AMD’s GPUs (there aren’t many yet unfortunately), grab one ore more Radeon RX 5700XT‘s and you’re set! Do note though, that Nvidia GPUs are currently in the performance lead, even in Engines that support AMD GPUs.

Motherboard for Cinema 4D

If you’d like to go with an Intel CPU such as the i9 9900K, the Asus Prime Z390-A is a great LGA-1151 (v2) Motherboard choice that supports CPU overclocking and up to 3 GPUs. It has 4 RAM Slots for a max of 64GB of RAM. You’ll find more Motherboard recommendations for Intel Mainstream CPUs in our Intel Motherboard Guide.

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite

Image-Source: Gigabyte

If you’re considering going with AMD’s CPU offerings (e.g. 3700X, 3900X, 3950X), take a look at the Gigabyte Aorus Elite x570 which is an excellent Board and isn’t too pricey. More recommendations in our AMD Motherboard Guide here.

Hard Drive / SSD

You should definitely consider an M.2 NVME SSD such as the Samsung 970 PRO/ EVO. These are blazingly fast and you’ll be thankful for the extra performance especially when you’re also doing some Compositing or Video Editing.

Best SSD for Photo Editing

Cinema 4D itself doesn’t heavily rely on Hard Drive performance, though (mainly just for loading and saving scenes), so you could easily save some money here and go with a slightly slower Samsung 860 EVO SSD, which is still very fast.

Case

I recently built these parts into a Corsair Carbide 275Q Case, which I am very happy with. If you are thinking about adding 3+ GPUs though, you will want to look for a bigger case such as the Fractal Design XL R2.

Case Airflow

Image-Source: Corsair

Conclusion

This Workstation will give you good CPU & GPU Render Performance, but this PC was configured as a Workstation and not a render-node, meaning: “As little delay as possible while actively working on Scenes”.

So, good for Rendering and excellent for active work.

Cinema 4D PC Build

Here is an excellent “all-rounder” Cinema 4D Build I put together for you with all the compatible parts:

 

Cinema 4D Render-Node or Rendering Workstation / Best Computer or Workstation for 3D Rendering

Now, let’s take a look at what the best PC configuration for 3D Rendering would be. If you are looking for fastest CPU-render-speed the Processor configuration will have to go into a different direction, namely:

The maximum number of CPU Cores.

The AMD Threadripper CPUs such as the 24-Core 3960X, 32-Core 3970X or the 64-Core 3990X (Review) have excellent Multi-Core Performance for Rendering. I highly recommend these CPUs, and they have an outstanding price/performance ratio compared to Intel CPUs.

AMD Threadripper 3990X Heat Spreader Bare Photo

The 3990X inside our Review System

Check this Link to find the best performing CPUs for Rendering in Cinema 4D.

Here is a Render-Focused Build I put together for you, with high Multi-Core Performance at a relatively affordable price:

 

Custom PC-Builder

If you want to get the best parts within your budget you should definitely have a look at the Web-Based PC-Builder Tool that I’ve created.

Select the main purpose that you’ll use the computer for and adjust your budget to create the perfect PC with part recommendations that will fit within your budget.

Be sure to check it out and please feel free to send feedback my way!

CGDirector PC-Builder Tool

PC-Builder Facebook Title Image

 

What type of Computer are you building? Feel free to ask for Build Advice in the Comments!

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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Comments

Balamurugan

What are the best pc parts to get for c4d
Plz suggest for 1300$ budget thanks

Hey Balamurugan,

Thanks for dropping a comment!

Here’s a $1,300 build for Cinema 4D:

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=zq1Dh0b0lkb

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($328.98)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: MSI MPG x570 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 ($169.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X ($429.99)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($79.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($99.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($69.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.73)

The build costs around $1,284.66 and can be expected to deliver task responsiveness when you’re actively working inside the software, thanks to its Ryzen 7 3800X CPU and 16GB of RAM. In case you need to use the GPU render engines, the RTX 2060 Super graphics card has got you covered. By the way, you can go ahead and change things around. For example, you can get a cheaper case and increase the RAM to 32GB for more headroom or get a bigger 1TB storage. But that build in itself can definitely handle Cinema 4D really well.

Cheers,
Alex

Hey Geran,

Thanks for asking!

The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR17 in the link you shared will definitely work well for Cinema 4D. The laptop comes with the latest generation of Intel CPUs with its i7-10875H CPU. Plus, it has 16GB of RAM so you can expect this laptop to deliver a great performance in terms of task responsiveness. The RTX 2070 Super graphics card is also a nice addition to the specs sheet of the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR17 because this will take care of your GPU rendering tasks.

A quick word of caution though – the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR17 only comes with 16GB of RAM and while that is enough in some cases, you might need more RAM especially if you work on large projects and complex scenes all the time. My suggestion is for you to check with the seller if they can bump up the RAM to at least 32GB just so you have the extra headroom and at the same time make your laptop more future-proof. Other than that, no issues with the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR17 and I’m sure it’d do well with C4D.

Cheers,
Alex

Sars

Hi Alex, I’m taking your advice on the all rounder build and in the process of setting it up I discovered the motherboard (x570) and the tower are out of stock, any alternates you suggest?

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Sars,
Lots of good x570 Motherboards out there 🙂 . Check this Article here for some quick recommends: https://www.cgdirector.com/best-motherboard-for-amd-ryzen-3rd-gen/

Any ATX Tower will do fine too. Corsair 200r, 275q, Fractal Design Define R5, be quiet! Pure Base 600, Fractal Design Meshify C…

Hope this helps,
Alex

SJO

Hey Alex,

I picked up my Dark Rock Pro 4 cooler for my new build but it’s looking like there will not be enough room for my RAM – ( i got the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 4×32 kit on a AsRock Creator X570 MOBO).

I’ve read that some have been able to raise the fan to make clearance, but it doesn’t seem like it would be enough. placing the outside fan on the opposite side is also an option but I’m not sure how efficient that would be?

At this point I would be open to just getting a different RAM kit that isn’t as physically tall. What would you suggest?

thanks!!!

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey SJO,
Yes, usually you can move up the outer Fan about 1cm or so which should make room for the RAM. If you think that does not work, you’ll need lower profile RAM like Corsair Vengeance.

Cheers,
Alex

SJO

Yeah I tried installing the cooler base plate and a few sticks just to make sure and it’s just not gonna fit. I’m going with the CORSAIR Vengeance LPX kit instead which is, from what I researched, 31mm VS the RGBs 51mm. thanks!

SJO

Hey Alex,

I was wondering about the mounting bridge on the Dark Rock Pro 4 – I did a dry run to test the fit before I applied my paste, and when the unit is seated flat on the CPU (AMD), the bridge doesn’t seat all the way down on the mounting brackets and there is a small gap. I watched the official install video and it appears to seat all the way down when they tighten the screws. Is this normal? Pretty sure i have my brackets setup correctly for AMD…

Image: https://a-sjogren.tumblr.com/image/618612299724406784

thanks for your time!

SJO

Ok cool – Are u saying it’s best to close that gap completely, or it’s ok to still have a little space? I was just worried about tightening it too much.

thanks for the fast response!!!

SJO

Yeah I see what you mean – I finally got my build together, thanks for all the help here!

I am still concerned about CPU temperatures and how to keep an eye out though – I’m not entirely confident that my cooler install was sufficient and when / or if a redo might be warranted. Basically, I’m not going to be a user who does lots of overclocking or tries to push everything to the limit. But i would like to know what to be aware of (warning signs, what temps are too high for certain tasks, etc) and when it might be caused by a poor cooler install…

I installed the Ryzen Master app but it’s all totally new to me. If you know of any resources or guides for beginners to keeping temperatures in check, please let me know – thanks again man!!!

Ed W

Hello Alex, Is there a difference between MSI GeForce RTX 2070 vs MS GeForce RTX 2070 OC? Will i notice any big difference in performance if I choose OC? And any OC setting recommendations? Thank you in advance.

Ed

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Ed,
OC Versions will be slightly overclocked and can be slightly faster than non-oc cards. They are hotter though too, and can get louder if the fans aren’t good. MSI, Gigabyte and EVGA OC cards are usually similar in quality and good to buy but be sure to take a look at the reviews on amazon or where you want to buy it.

Cheers,
Alex

Vic

Hi Alex,

I’m looking to build a pc for C4D with redshift (Newbie), premiere and after effects (Mainly use).
Here is my build list :

1 x Intel® Core™ i9-9900K
1 x ASUS PRIME Z390-A ATX
1 x Corsair VENGEANCE® LPX 64GB (16GB X 4) DDR4 3000 MHZ C15 CMK64GX4M4C3000C15
1 x Toshiba Enterprise Series MG06ACA800E 8TB 7200rpm 3.5
1 x Samsung 970 EVO Plus Series 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4
2 x Gigabyte GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER™ GAMING OC 3X 8GB GDDR6
1 x Corsair RMx Series™ RM1000x — 1000W 80 PLUS® Gold Fully Modular
Fractal Design FOCUS G ATX — Black
1 x Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 CPU Cooler
Budget: 2.5K

I am so confused about switching the platform from Mac to PC.
Do you think it is good to have i9 9900k instead of AMD 3900k, and 2 RTX 2070 Super instead of 1 RTX 2080 super?

Thanks in advance!

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Vic,
You have a solid build there. The advantage of an Intel i9 9900k is it’s active work performance. In C4D and other Software it will be very snappy. It “just” has 8 Cores (compared to the higer-tier ryzen cpus 12, 16 cores), but this doesn’t matter if you are rendering with redshift. Two 2070 Supers is a good choice as you’ll get more performance than from a single 2080 super.

Everything looks super. I’d say go for it! 😉

Cheers,
Alex

Isaiah

Hi Alex,
Newbie here again, I seen this build above that Vic had listed and was wondering if it would do fine with Octane as well? Thanks in advance.

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Isaiah,
Yes that’s a build that would run octane well too! If you want even more performance in Octane you can think about getting a higher Tier GPU like a 2080 Super or even Ti.

You could save some money on the RAM and go with just 32GB which is usually sufficient if you projects aren’t too complex and you don’t do lots of compositing in e.g. after effects.

Cheers,
Alex

Jordon

Hi there, I’m looking to build a pc for cinema 4d with redshift, premiere and after effects. I am also thinking of picking up Houdini. For somewhere around $2500-$3000. I was wondering if it would be better to make a build with the Ryzen 9 3900x / 3950x, or a threadripper. It shows that for GPU Rendering I should be using a 1920x, will that processor have a bottleneck on simulations run in Houdini/c4d. I would also be interested in leaving room to upgrade or add additional gpus in the future.

Thank you!

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Jordon,
For 2.5-3k you’ll have to decide how important the gpu rendering part is for you. I would recommend going wiht a Ryzen 3950X CPU, though with that cpu you’ll only be able to drive 2-3 gpus at decent speeds.

If you opt for a Threadripper to be able to drive 4 gpus in the future, you’ll have to pay with reduced active work speed or “snappiness”.

Here’s a build that would work well in my opinion:

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Db1Gf0i0jfb

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5GHz 16-Core Processor ($722.40)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 AM4 ($86.23)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite ATX AM4 ($199.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 TI 11GB – MSI Gaming X ($1249.00)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($329.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($228.39)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series Platinum RM850x 850W Power Supply ($144.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.34)
Total: $3086.33

Three things that you might want to change with that list:
1. get another motherboard that supports more gpus: Asus WS Ace x570.
2. Get a PSU with more Power: Corsair AX1600i, so you can add more gpus lateron.
3. Get a bigger PC-Case so all those GPUs will fit nicely lateron: e.g. Fractal Design XL R2

Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Alex

Jordon

Thank you so much Alex,

I think this is probably the best build for me as a I am getting familiar with the Rendering space, compositing and modeling. The 3950x should cut down on my video production render times, and allow me to venture into these new programs until I make large improvements in my skillet. If I did want a threadripper with comparable work speeds; how much more would I have to invest?

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Jordon,
You would have to swap 3 things:
1. CPU swap the 3950X for a Threadripper 3960X (+ ~ 650$)
2. swap the cpu cooler for an AIO: e.g. alphacool eisbaer 360 (about + 50$)
3. swap the motherboard for a TRX40 chipset board: Asrock trx40 creator (+ ~400$)

Cheers,
Alex

Jordon

Thank you Alex,

You have been more than helpful!
I going with;

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
Asus Pro WS X570-ACE ATX AM4 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card
be quiet! Dark Base 900 ATX Full Tower Case
Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

Jordon

Robert Ramirez

Hey Alex,
Great post. I will soon be jumping ship over to Windows from Mac. Still weighing my options whether to build my own PC or go with a pre-built company like Bizon-Tech or AVA Direct. If I build my own, I’d like to get a cool & quiet enclosure. I like the case that is displayed in your graphic: https://www.cgdirector.com/wp-content/uploads/media/2016/10/BestPcforCinema4D-Twitter_1200x675-768×432.jpg
Which company makes this and what model is it?

Thanks

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Robert,
Go take a look at CLX Cybertron over here: https://www.cybertronpc.com/clx

They have great cases and let you configure your own custom pc that they assemble and ship to you!

Cheers,
Alex

Aaron

Hi Alex,

I know there are tons of tips and videos out there discussing thermal paste application, but I came across a specific note about the newer Ryzen chips…some recommend spreading a very thin wide even layer on the cooling unit surface using a credit card (instead of the pea or rice sized application in the middle of the chip that is more common) because I guess the architecture of the chip requires more surface area to be covered? Any tips or links addressing this for the newer 3950x or how you did it for your build?

thank you!!!

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Aaron,
Actually, there are 2 chiplets and one IO die on the 3950X and these are quite far away from the edge of the heat spreader. I’d say having too much paste around the edges will not do much good, you should focus on having the chiplets and io die covered. A pea size in the center is usually sufficient and that’s how I do it.

https://scr3.golem.de/screenshots/1907/Ryzen-3900X-3700X-Test/thumb620/Ryzen-3000-Test-04.png

There has been quite some testing done by gamersnexus that you can check out. And it seems that _how_ you apply it doesnt matter as much, it does matter how _much_ you apply though. So don’t overdo it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUWVVTY63hc

Cheers,
Alex

SJO

Hi Alex,

I’m another MAC user jumping ship to build my first PC – I want to use it primarily for C4D modeling and animation, also using X-Particles, some AE work, and probably Redshift.

These are the specs that your builder gave me at the max price – everything looks great, but I’d also like to have 128gb of ram. Which kit would you recommend (I only see the Corsair kits listed as (8x16gb) and I assume i need a (4×32) kit?

CPU
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5GHz 16-Core Processor

CPU Cooler
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 AM4

Motherboard
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite ATX AM4

Graphics Card
NVIDIA RTX 2080 TI 11GB – MSI Gaming X

Memory (RAM)
??? 128gb ???

PCIe-SSD
Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive

Power Supply
Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply

Case
Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case

Thanks so much for your time! This site continues to be a highly valuable resource!

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey SJO,
There aren’t many 128gb RAM kits out there but here are some:

G.Skill RipJaws V DIMM Kit 128GB, DDR4-3200, CL16-18-18-38
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO DIMM Kit 128GB, DDR4-3000, CL16-20-20-38
Kingston HyperX Fury DIMM Kit 128GB, DDR4-3200, CL16-20-20
https://amzn.to/2UMMPG8

Also, think about going with the Gigabyte Aorus Pro Motherboard instead, as you will be able to add another gpu at reasonable speeds in the future, if you plan on it to increase your redshift render performance. (You’ll need at 850w psu for two gpus though)

Hope this helps,
Alex

SJO

Hi Alex,

Thanks so much for the quick response.

In regards to the RAM, I see on the Corsair site they have 3 different speeds avail for the 128GB kit, for only a few dollars difference…Are certain boards not able to handle higher speeds (3200 or 3600MHz for example)?

I see there are several models of the Aorus Pro Motherboards, but this is one I Ianded on:

Gigabyte AORUS AMD X570 Pro WIFI ATX Motherboard

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1504837-REG/gigabyte_x570aorusprowifi_x570_aorus_pro_wifi.html/overview

Please let me know if u see any issues – thanks again!

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey SJO,
Yes that is the correct motherboard. Ryzen 3rd gen can handle 3600Mhz ram without any issues, so if you see 128gb of ram in a 4x32gb config @3600mhz, go for it! 🙂

Cheers,
Alex

SJO

Ok great. My only other concern about this build is the cooler – I saw a review of this CPU that said “AMD recommends a 280mm AIO watercooler as the minimum bar for entry for the Ryzen 9 3950X”. Would you agree that this is necessary?

thanks!

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey SJO,
I have the 3950X running on the Dark Rock Pro 4 without any problems. The reason why AMD is recommending an 280mm AIO, is because you can’t easily categorize Air-Coolers as you can with AIOs. It’s easier to say “needs at least 280mm or larger AIO” while with air cooling there are no such differentiations. There are some Air coolers that are just better than others, and the Bequiet Dark Rock Pro 4 is one of them.

If you’d like to get an AIO though that is absolutely fine too! 🙂 I can recommend the nzxt kraken or alphacool eisbaer.

Cheers,
Alex

SJO

Ok that’s good to know – I researched the Kraken Z63 (2 fans) + the Z73 (3 fans), and really like the temp. readout display, and don’t mind paying a bit more. Which do u recommend for the setup I have going? Not sure when 3 fans would be needed..?

thank you!

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

A bigger Radiator with an extra fan of course will perform better under sustained load. Having 3 fans spin a bit slower will also usually be quieter than having 2 fans at higher RPM, especially because the heat is spread across more area on the radiator. If you have the means for it, go with the z73 ;:)

Cheers,
Alex

SJO

Hey Alex,

I actually decided to stick w/ your cooler recommendation but go with a different MOBO…

My estimated wattage is 581W but i guess the new MOBO has an extra 4pin that’s not supported with the RM650 so I went up to the RM750.

Does this look good, considering I’m not adding a 2nd GPU?

Thanks so much!

ASUS AMD AM4 ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) ATX Motherboard with PCIe 4.0, Dual M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB3.2 Gen 2, 2.5Gbps LAN, WiFi 6

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM4 105W 100-100000051WOF Desktop Processor

be quiet! 250W TDP Dark Rock Pro 4 CPU Cooler with Silent Wings – PWM Fan – 135 mm

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 128GB (4 x 32GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card

(2X) SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS 2TB Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7S2T0B/AM

CORSAIR RM Series RM750 CP-9020195-NA 750W ATX12V v2.52 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified

Corsair Carbide Series 275R CC-9011131-WW White Steel, Plastic, Acrylic Window Side Panel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey SJO,
Yes that looks like an excellent build, I see no issues! 🙂

Cheers,
Alex

SJO

Great – thanks for the help! Cheers.