Building the best PC for 3D Animation in 2019

Building the best PC for 3D Animation in 2019

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Building the best Computer for Animation requires some specific Hardware Components and just a tiny bit of insight into the inner workings of 2D & 3D Animation Software and how they use the hardware.

Browsing for new Computer Parts is always a lot of fun and in this article, you might find a few things that will make that process easier and even more interesting!

Now, this Article “Best Computer for Animation” is structured into three parts:

The first being how Animation Software utilizes the Hardware. The second being insight and recommendations on what Hardware Parts are important and best for a Computer for Animation.

And the last Part gives you finished Desktop Computer Builds in different Price Tiers if you would just like to see how a complete Computer Build for Animation would look like in your budget.

How do Animation Tasks use the Hardware

Before we take a look at what hardware we should put in our best Computer for Animation let’s see how Animation Tasks actually use the Hardware.

Now, when I animate I usually do some of the following:

I pose rigged characters, set Keyframes, adjust Animation Curves, Move objects around for Keying on new Frames, move my view and cameras around a lot or play back the animations to be able to check and revise them, among others.

All of these processes have one thing in common: I am actively tweaking things inside my Software and expect an immediate result.

I don’t push a button and wait for 2 minutes while walking around the office, no, I expect the Viewport or Menus or other User Interface Elements in my Software to update right away.

Seems obvious! But there are lots of other tasks in a Production Pipeline of an Animated Film that work very differently.

Think of Rendering,  Simulation, Texture Baking or Encoding to name a few. These would be Processes where you don’t actively interact with the Computer, but mainly let it run its tasks on its own until it is finished.

Why is this important?

Because we can now already say one very important thing and that is “Single-Core Performance“.

Let’s see what this means exactly:

Single-Core Performance dependent tasks are tasks that can not be parallelized. Modern Processors (CPU) that are responsible for calculating almost everything you do on the Computer usually have more than one so-called Cores.

Cores are individual parts of a CPU that can calculate a given task.

In a Computer for Animation, we will want a CPU with extremely fast Cores, as the tasks we are dealing with the most, are tasks that can only be calculated by one Core at a time.

So having a high Core-Count wouldn’t benefit us all that much.

The main reason why Animation can’t be parallelized that well is because the underlying Objects that are being animated usually are rigged, deformed, driven by scripts or otherwise dependent on a hierarchical order that has to be processed one after another, without being able to outsource some steps to others Cores.

Let’s make an example:

The 3D Character that you are animating usually consists of a single Mesh. This Mesh is deformed by a Rig.

The Rig is driven by Control Objects. The deformed/animated Mesh might also have Face Controls and some kind of soft body simulation for the jiggly parts such as the belly.

And this is a pretty ordinary Character. I haven’t even gotten into Hair Collisions, Dynamic IK Chains, Muscle Collisions and so on yet.

All of these Deformers and Rigs all have to be stepped through in a predefined order until the resulting final Mesh can be correctly displayed for that Frame.

I can’t tell some of my CPU cores to already calculate the Textures or Shading or Hair Collisions, if I haven’t yet calculated the basic body Animation Parts, such as the animation and movement of the extremities.

Best Computer for Animation - Hierarchy

This is why only a single Core has to painstakingly calculate all of these hierarchical steps on after another.

And this can only be accelerated if this CPU Core, that at this moment does all the work, is as fast as possible, has as high a clock as possible.

After all, it has to do this process for everything in your Scene, usually 25 times per second (or what your desired Framerate is) for you to have a fluid playback experience.

This can be applied to 2D animation as well. Even if the underlying rigs or object complexities might be somewhat simpler.

Having a slightly lower complexity in 2D usually just means you add more effects to your processing chain such as Motion Blur, and still want to have a realtime experience as much as possible, even with all the layer dependencies that are slowing the CPU down.

Now, lots of other tasks can be highly parallelized, such as Rendering.

For CPU Rendering for example, you would need a CPU that has as many Cores as possible because a Render task can be split into smaller parallelizable tasks almost indefinitely.

That was quite some theory behind it all.

As the CPU seems to be the most important part in the best Computer for Animation, let’s take a look at what Processors there are that we can choose from and what other kind of Hardware Components can speed up our Computer:

Best Hardware for Animation explained

The Best CPU (Processor) for Animation

As we now know, for animation we will need a very high clocking CPU and not as much a CPU that has many Cores.

Or couldn’t we just get a CPU that has a very high clock AND lots and lots of Cores?

That way we could work fast actively AND CPU Render fast?

Good thinking, but unfortunately this is not how it works. There is always a trade-off between core-clocks and core-counts.

Meaning, if you want a very high clocking CPU you will only get a few cores and if you want lots of cores, these cores will most certainly be clocked fairly low.

Why?

This is because a CPU has specific thermal and power regulations that it can not exceed. And since every core and every extra clock needs more power and makes the CPU hotter, it kind of makes sense there is this trade-off.

Now, fortunately, Intel and AMD have thought of a way to compensate for this, at least to a certain degree.

Both have a feature called Turbo-Boost or Turbo-Core.

This feature automatically overclocks the cores that are being used a long as the power and thermal limitations are not exceeded.

For Animation this means, you might have a CPU with 6 Cores but while animating you only need 1-2 Cores. The CPU now automatically overclocks these 1-2 Cores that are in use but downclocks or lets all other cores in a type of idle mode.

This happens so fast, that you won’t notice it at all. But you WILL notice that the Cores you are using (if you are using only a few) are faster.

So here they are, the CPU recommendations for our Best Computer for Animation:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X – 12 Cores / 24 Threads, 3.8GHz Base Clock, 4.6GHz Turbo Clock
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600X – 6 Cores / 12 Threads, 3.8GHz Base Clock, 4.4GHz Turbo Clock
  • AMD Ryzen 7 2700X – 8 Cores / 16 Threads, 3.6GHz Base Clock, Turbo Boost 4.3GHz
  • Intel i9 9900K – 8 Cores / 16 Threads, 3.6GHz Base Clock, Turbo Boost 5GHz
  • Intel i7 8700K – 6 Cores / 12 Threads, 3.6GHz Base Clock, Turbo Boost 4.7GHz

These CPUs are all excellent for Animation. They have a high Turbo-Clock and will give you a snappy work experience.

AMD Ryzen vs i7 8700K

Image-Source: AMD/Intel

The AMD Ryzen 2700X is the Performance / Price winner in this case, as many of the higher end CPUs are still unproportionally more expensive.

To get an impression of how these CPUs perform in different workloads, especially in Rendering, go take a look at some of the Benchmark Comparisons such as Cinebench or VRAY Bench.

Best Graphics Card (GPU) for Animation

One would expect the Graphics Card to play a larger role in giving a smooth Viewport and Software Experience, but in the Animation stage, this is usually not the case.

This doesn’t mean the GPU can be ignored but it is seldom the bottleneck and usually has lots of headroom left over while waiting for the CPU to do its calculations before it displays the output.

This changes though when you depend on certain features, that only the GPU can calculate. This includes OpenGL features such as Anti-Aliasing, Anisotropic Filtering, SSAO, Realtime-Shadows and many more.

These type of features are also found in the Maya Viewport 2.0 and you will benefit from a strong GPU here.

If you don’t rely on a realistic Viewport that shows a near-final quality Scene, but animate mostly in shaded low-quality preview modes without any fancy effects, then you can make ends meet with a lower tier Graphics Card such as the Nvidia GTX 1060.

Let’s take a look at some of the currently most popular GPUs:

Both GPU Manufacturers, AMD and Nvidia, have some excellent Cards for our purposes, although Nvidia Cards seem to do better in some 3D Applications and should be your choice, especially if you also plan on GPU Rendering with these.

The process of GPU Rendering, of course, is much more demanding than Viewport Animation, but this topic is so complex, that I covered it in another article for you to read here: Best Graphics Cards for GPU Rendering.

As a minimum, I usually recommend an Nvidia GTX 1060 that already gives excellent performance in most of the 3D and 2D Animation Applications out there.

Best Computer for Animation - GPU

Image-Source: gamespot.com

If you need certain professional Features such as 10bit Color support you should consider an Nvidia Quadro GPU, as these come with drivers that support more features.

That said though, I have been in the 3D Industry for a decade now and have never needed a Quadro Card or wanted to pay the heavy premium to get one.

The GTX and RTX Cards have excellent Performance / Price Ratio, especially compared to the Quadro Cards and you can GPU Render on them extremely fast.

The AMD GPUs can perform well too, though many Software-vendors optimize for Nvidia Cards, and many GPU Render Engines support Nvidia GPUs only (CUDA Support), that is why you very rarely see an AMD GPU be recommended for a Computer or Workstation in Animation.

They are excellent GPUs, no questions asked, but the Industry support unfortunately just isn’t on the same level yet as it is with Nvidia.

How much and what type of RAM in a Desktop Computer for Animation

I hear this discussed often and it is quite true: RAM does not impact Speed all that much (if at all) UNLESS you have too little.

Sure there might be the 2% Speed gain in certain type of workloads, but getting extremely expensive or high-clocked Ram with great Timings, just isn’t worth it, especially if you are not planning on extreme Overclocking.

It is much better to get “normal” RAM for a normal price and spend the extra bucks on additional Gigabytes.

This will help you a lot more in the long run.

RAM (or Memory) is essentially just a storage part, that the CPU (and some other Hardware) uses to cache data so it can access it very quickly. If this RAM is full, there is nowhere else to go but the System Storage Devices such as the Hard Disk, or Solid State Disks.

These though are a multitude slower than RAM, and you will notice your System crawls to a halt if your RAM is full.

So you should make sure you have enough RAM, as full RAM is also a reason why Systems often crash.

Corsair RAM for Computer for Animation

Image-Source: gskill

That said, the baseline should be 16GB of RAM.

32GB though is much better already and 64GB will last you a long time unless you are working on very large projects with lots of Polygons, Displacements, Hires Textures or giant Particle Caches.

Having more RAM also benefits you when you have more than one Software open at a time. And that happens all the time.

If you are in Cinema 4D or Maya or 3ds Max, chances are you also have Photoshop, maybe After Effects, Google Chrome and an Email Program open, and of course all of these Applications need their own share of RAM.

Good brands to look out for usually are Corsair, G.Skill & OCZ but you might prefer others. Some particular RAM Kits I can recommend are Corsair 16GB LPX and the Corsair 32GB LPX Vengeance Kit.

One Important thing here: Buy your final RAM Size in a KIT (Bundle). If you want 32 Gbytes of RAM, buy 4*8GB in a KIT or 2*16GB in a KIT.

Don’t buy two or more individual RAMs.

Why?

Because bundled RAMs are pre-tested in the Factory and will work well together.

If you buy RAM Sticks individually, these might not work well together (even if they are of the exact same specifications and Brand) and can be a cause of crashes and Blue-Screens.

If you do like to optimize even your RAM as much as possible and have some more cash to spare, the general rule is to buy high Clocks and low CL Timings for best performance.

So a 32GB DDR4 3200MHz CL15 would be slightly better than a 32GB DDR4 2666MHz CL17.

Best Mainboard for Animation

As with RAM, the Mainboard too is nothing that will speed up this Computer all that much, but there are some things to consider before buying just any mainboard.

The Mainboard (or Motherboard) basically is the central HUB where all your other hardware is attached to.

It serves as a switchboard between these Hardware Components and any external devices you might want to plug into the Computer.

The CPU plugs into the Mainboard and requires the right Socket.

An Intel i7 8700K, for example, would need an LGA 1151 Socket and it only fits into this socket. An AMD Ryzen CPU needs a Motherboard that has an AM4 Socket.

Mainboards have PCI-Express Slots, where the GPU(s) are plugged into. Depending on how many GPUs you would like to get or are planning on upgrading to in the future, be sure to get a Mainboard that has enough PCI-Express Slots.

PCI-E Slots and PCI-E Lanes though are a Topic for itself and therefore have an Article for themselves.

Head over there if GPU Rendering in Redshift, VRAY-RT or Octane on Multi-GPU Setups is something you are planning on doing.

Best Computer for Animation - MSI Mainboard

Image-Source: tweakpc.de

In addition, you should make sure the Mainboard supports the amount of RAM you will be installing. Modern Motherboards usually support up to 64GB of RAM.

External USB Sticks, external Hard-Drives, Input Devices, Mouse, Keyboard and Tablet, and many more are also plugged into the Mainboard.

If you have a lot of external devices that you want to be able to use with this Computer for Animation, be sure the Mainboard has enough connectors to handle them.

Good Motherboard Brands to look out for usually include ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte & ASROCK but there are others that you might prefer.

If you find all of this a bit overwhelming, I have some finished Computer Builds that I put together for you down below with Hardware Components that work well together.

Best Storage Devices in a Computer for Animation

Storage is an easy one. There basically only are 3 Types of Storage Devices that you can get and I’ll list the benefits and use cases very briefly:

HDD or Hard Disc Drive

  • Kind of an old Storage Device that has been overtaken in terms of performance and speed
  • Good for archiving backing up lots of Data, not as good for an active Work Drive
  • Recommendations: Seagate Barracuda or Western Digital Blue in your desired Size (for example 2TB)

(Sata) SSD or Solid State Drive

  • About 5x faster than HDD
  • Good for working and OS Drive
  • Recommendations: Samsung 860 EVO in your desired size (for example 500GB)

M.2 PCI-E NVME SSD

  • Fancy long Name AND extreme Performance, 5x faster than even SSDs
  • Great for working Drive and OS /Applications Drive
  • More Expensive than SATA SSDs but in my experience worth it
  • Recommendations: Samsung 970 EVO in your desired Sizes (for example 512GB)
Best Computer for Animation - SSD vs NVMe

Image-Source: atpinc.com

Samsung 860 EVO Price Drop

Image-Source: geizhals.de

Especially SSD and NVME are coming down in price very fast currently as you can see in this price chart:

Highly recommended!

Best PSU & Case for our Animation PC Build

Both the Power Supply and the Case, of course, won’t do anything for your Animation performance at all, but here are some things to be aware of before choosing:

It is best to get a bit more Wattage in your PSU than necessary, so you have some headroom in case you upgrade to more or more power hungry components in the future.

This way you can keep your PSU when you upgrade your other components.

Good PSU Brands are Corsair, Seasonic & BeQuiet but you might prefer others or already have a PSU in your current/old computer that you can continue using if it is strong enough.

Check this wattage calculator here to determine how much Watts your PSU should have, depending on the Hardware Components that you are planning on having in your Computer for Animation.

The Case is what will be on display in your office or room. That is pretty much the only thing people or you get to see. (Unless you have a see-through Case)

Apart from having it fit all of the Hardware Components, this is one of the parts of Building a Computer for Animation, where you can let your taste decide what pleases you.

There are so many different Case styles, Colors, Materials, with or without See-through glass windows and various forms and sizes out there, you can browse for days and weeks 🙂

I have had excellent experience with Cases from Corsair, such as the Corsair Carbide 400C or the Obsidian 750D, but that is just my taste in having a professional minimalistic looking case, that also dampens the noise somewhat, so my Workstations run quietly.

Best Computer for Animation - Corsair Case

Image-Source: Corsair

Of course, you should make sure your hardware components fit into the case, so be sure to get at least ATX Midi Tower (or similar) Sizes for a standard build, or a bigger Tower if you plan on putting lots of GPUs or Watercooling inside.

Ability to Upgrade your Computer

This is one of the many reasons for carefully building a Computer with the right Hardware Parts: You can upgrade almost anything.

Want a faster CPU? Get a faster one and sell your old CPU on eBay. Usually, the Mainboard Sockets are good for a couple of CPU Generations.

More RAM? Just get more RAM. (Though beware of incompatibilities when using individual RAM Kits)

Want a faster GPU? Swap your GPU for a faster one. Or add more GPUs (if your Mainboard has enough PCIe Slots)

Storage can be added too, and most mainboards support a good number of internal devices.

You can even swap out your Mainboard for a better one, as long as the CPU socket and Chipset is compatible with all your other Components.

Best Monitor for Animation

Let me say this:

Size – Important

Resolution – Important

Color Display Quality – Usually not that important and this is the thing that drives Monitor prices up the most. But do read on:

Yes, you should get a Monitor that is large enough, or even two and more Monitors, so your Software User Interface, Viewport and previews and potential Image/Video References fit neatly without you having to change between different windows all the time.

Having a higher Resolution helps with fitting more on your Monitors, though beware that there are still some Applications out there that scale their Interfaces and on-screen Text with the Resolution of the Monitor.

So having a high res display (such as 4k) might make the UI Text extremely small. Usually, Windows compensates this by trying to scale it back up, but that doesn’t always work well and might result in a blurry UI.

Probably the most expensive feature in a Monitor is getting a high-quality IPS Panel instead of a TN Panel.

You might have already seen, that some Monitors cost around 200$ and some other with seemingly the exact same features are 600$ and up.

This is usually because the built-in Panel type is an IPS (In-Plane-Switching) Panel and not a lower quality TN Panel.

IPS Panels have better Contrast and Color Display.

You should get one if you are doing lots of Color Grading, Post-Production, Color-accurate Print, Web or Broadcasting Work.

If all you do is Animate or Model in your 3D Software and you usually just use the standard shaded or Wireframe view, you can save some money and get a regular TN-Panel Monitor.

I have had good experience with Asus IPS 24″ and 27″ Monitors that aren’t too expensive but you might prefer others.

If you would like to know more, definitely check out this in-depth Guide to buying the best Monitors for visually demanding work, which has all the information you need for getting the best Monitor for your specific kind of work.

You should build your best PC yourself

I say this in all my Articles and I can’t stress it enough: Build your own Computer!

It’s much cheaper, it’s fun, you gain knowledge about how a Computer works and what parts it is made up of and with this knowledge, you can upgrade and fix most Problems that you might run into later on your own.

It’s not difficult and if you know how to follow instructions or how to put together a Lego Set, then you can build a Computer yourself.

Here’s a good Video that shows you how to:


Now that we know what individual Hardware Parts we should put into a Computer for Animation, let’s take a look at some Pre-Selected Builds in different Price-Tiers:

Finished Computer Builds in different Price Tiers

Best Computer for Animation, AMD at roughly ~700$

Some Build notes:

This is a lower end build, if you are a bit tight on budget. If you have some extra money to spend, you should consider the AMD Ryzen 2700X. If you want to save some money you could skip the extra CPU-Cooler and just use the Cooler that AMD ships with the CPU.

If you can spare some more cash, consider upgrading to an Nvidia GTX 1660Ti.

Best Computer for Animation, AMD at roughly ~1200$

Some Build notes:

This is a basic AMD build that you can build upon. The Case is professional looking, minimalistic and quiet. There is no room for Optical drives, you will need a different Case if you want to have DVD/CD Drives.

The AMD Ryzen 3600X is a CPU with a great value, excellent Multi-Core and Single Core performance. All AMD Ryzen CPUs usually come with included CPU coolers, so you wouldn’t necessarily need an extra cooler if you want to save some money.

I added a Samsung 970 EVO PLUS M.2 NVMe Drive in this build that will give you extreme Storage Performance.

Best Computer for Animation, AMD at roughly ~1500$

Some Build notes:

This is a basic build that you can build upon. The Case is professional looking, minimalistic and quiet.

The AMD Ryzen 3700X CPU comes with a boxed cooler, though I added the Cooler Master EVO 212 to the build for some additional cooling performance. Air Coolers are usually quieter than AIO or Water Cooling solutions, as they only have one Fan and no pumping noise.

A nice upgrade, if you have the extra cash, would be to go with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, as it has 4 extra Cores for a total of 12 Cores and higher Core-Clocks.

Best Computer for Animation, Intel at roughly ~2200$

Some Build notes:

Although AMD does currently have the lead in providing CPUs for Animation tasks at better value and performance, Intel has some excellent CPUs with their own benefits.

The i9 9900K in this build has very high single core performance for smooth active work inside your 3D Viewport, and its 8, high-clocking, Cores grant you great performance when doing multi-core tasks such as CPU rendering.

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 Animation PC with part recommendations that will fit within your budget.

It also recommends Laptops for Animation, if you would like to be more mobile.

PC-Builder Facebook Title Image

That’s pretty much it!

What Computer for Animation are you building?

Alex from CGDirector - 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

Mike

Hi,

I’m actually looking for a new configuration for my wife, she mostly uses NukeX, photoshop, etc …(Rotoscoping, clean plate,…) We are going from I5-4670 with 8GB to Ryzen with 32GB , but I can’t decide which is best between 2600x (174$) , 2700x (210$) and 3600 ( 237$). We are budget limited if we go for the 3600 we can’t get a cooler by now .

Big thanks already from Belgium !

Jeff

So I mostly do work in Photoshop and Clip Studio Pro, as my main projects right now are COmic book work… how ever, I do some light animation and I Stream on Twitch. I am looking for a build that can handle the VFX and stuff i do with OBS for streaming, and one that is a half way decent Gaming rig as I dont have the money to pour into both a gaming system and a work PC right now. (besides i dont even game all that often anymore.

Any suggestions for a build that is primarily for art (adobe products and CSP) but can also handle lots of scene layering/chromakey effects, and be able to run hot new games like Outer Worlds cleanly?

I am currently looking at you $1500 option thats second from the bottom with the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

I also run 2 monitors, 1 is hdmi connected… and Iam looking to add a 3rd monitor to my set up.

Thanks for any suggestions!

Jeff

also will this case work with the MoBo’s listed in the 1500 and 2200 builds? https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16811353104

Hey Jeff,

Thanks for asking!

The $1,500 build with a Ryzen 7 3700X CPU is more than good enough for what you need it for. You can expect the snappy 3700X CPU to be complemented by the 32GB of RAM to deliver task responsiveness while you’re actively working inside the software.

The RTX 2070 GPU on the other hand not only brings the best price to performance ratio among GPUs at the moment but at the same time, it packs support for CUDA core acceleration should you intend to use the GPU render engines. Also, the NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB – MSI Gaming GPU in the build comes with 1 HDMI port and 3 DisplayPorts so you shouldn’t have problems adding a third monitor to your setup.

In terms of PC case, you shouldn’t have issues fitting all the components of your build inside the DIYPC Skyline-06-WB Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case, so all good in this regard.

All in all, you can expect this $1,500 build to be capable enough to handle your comic book work, light animation, and streaming tasks. More importantly, this build will also be able to handle AAA games and give you an enjoyable gaming session if you find the time to game, that is.

Cheers,
Alex

Romeo

3d animation looks interesting
if i want to learn 3d animation, what kind of computer will i need? do i build a desktop or buy a laptop?
what’s the best specs i can get if my budget is around usd1.5K
looking forward to your suggestions
thank you

Hi Romeo,

Thanks for asking!

It doesn’t matter whether you build a desktop or buy a laptop if you want to learn 3D animation. What’s important is that the specs of the desktop or the laptop are powerful enough to handle your 3D animation tasks. However, if you want portability and the capability to work anywhere you feel like, a laptop is the way to go. But if you want to be able to upgrade some or all of the parts of your computer, building a desktop should be your option.

For a $1,500 budget, you can build a desktop with specs like the below:

Parts List:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($327.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock AM4 ($36.90)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-P ATX AM4 ($135.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB – MSI Gaming ($521.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($154.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 PRO 512GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($149.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($103.31)

Total: $1496.15

Working with the same budget in case you decide on a laptop, you can get the MSI GF63 Thin Gamer Notebook for roughly $1,399.99. The specs of the GF63 are listed below:

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Memory(RAM) 32GB DDR4-2666
SSD 2TB NVMe Solid State Drive
HDD 2TB 5400rpm Hard Disk Drive
Weight 1.8 kg (~3.96pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

In both cases, you get a snappy CPU that works in conjunction with 32GB of RAM to ensure task responsiveness when you’re working actively inside the software. The desktop build however gets you a more powerful RTX 2070 GPU compared to the GTX 1650 of the MSI GF63 laptop. All in all, whether you build a desktop with specs like the above or get the MSI GF63 laptop, you won’t go wrong and you can expect both systems to handle your 3D animation tasks with ease!

Cheers,
Alex

Anne

Hi Alex! I’m planning on building a new PC for mostly motion graphics and animation, with a side of graphic design, some rendering, 3D modelling, CAD and music production. I’ll be using mostly Abode programs: After Effects (planning on installing it on its own SSD), Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and some Lightroom. After reading your articles and advice, amongst others, I’ve come up with this build:

https://es.pcpartpicker.com/list/ZKjZ8M

However, I’d like to cut costs wherever possible, and given that this will be my first build, I’m unsure where (in what items) can I do this without compromising performance. Could you please help me out? Any suggesiton would be very much appreciated!
Thanks!

Hi Anne,

Thanks for asking!

The build you put together is excellent! In fact, I won’t change any of the parts you selected as much as possible, especially if you have the means for it! Putting the i9-9900K CPU at the heart of your system is great because this is a snappy CPU that guarantees task responsiveness when you’re actively working inside the software. The Zotac RTX 2080 Ti on the other hand is a beast of a GPU and will surely flex its “graphical muscle” and deliver faster rendering speeds thanks to its CUDA core acceleration when you use the GPU render engines.

Now, if you really need to cut costs, you may want to skip the Zotac RTX 2080 Ti and instead go for an RTX 2070 graphics card. True, this may affect performance a little but when you take a look at price to performance ratio, the RTX 2070 can’t be beat. In fact, the RTX 2070 can be had at HALF the price of a 2080 Ti so going for a 2070 will result to a significant reduction in your cost without really hurting performance too much. When you come to think of it, anything higher-tiered than the RTX 2070 at the moment is a little too expensive for the increase in performance it brings to the table.

Cheers,
Alex

Justin Wong

Hi, I have a build set up here. I need a PC by January for Animation School. I’m hoping to snag some of these parts or similar during the sale season like Cyber Monday and whatnot. I was wondering if I could get some feedback on this build. I have had the input of a couple others on reddit and PC part picker. My main concern is the integrity of the GPU and how well it runs Maya and the other programs involved in my schooling. I noticed the one someone suggested is not in the list of GPU’s tested on Maya’s site. At least not that I noticed…

My build:
https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/Kp4zK4

I’ll be using the following programs:

Adobe PS
Maya
After Effects
Substance Painter, Designer
Mocha
ZBrush
Unreal Engine
Foundry Nuke, Mari
SideFX Houdini

I’d appreciate your feedback! Thanks

Justin Wong

Additionally, I am also looking for a decent laptop to pair with my desktop for work on the go. Any input on that would be greatly appreciated. Not looking to spend more than 2k Canadian. Thanks!

Hey Justin,

Thanks for dropping a line!

The build you put together looks great!

Couple of suggestions though – I don’t really recommend the use of an AIO liquid cooler as it costs a lot without really bringing significant increase in performance in terms of CPU cooling. And besides, the stock Wraith Prism cooler that comes with the package of the Ryzen 7 3700X is more than capable enough for CPU cooling purposes. You can then use the money intended for the Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM SE 63 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler on other parts of your build.

In terms of GPU, the Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB PULSE Video Card on your list is good but given the software you will use, I think you will be better off if you go for an NVIDIA-based GPU such as the RTX 2070. At the moment, the RTX 2070 brings the best price to performance ratio to the table, not to mention the fact that this particular graphics card packs support for CUDA core acceleration which will help a lot if you plan on using the GPU render engines.

Additionally, you also have the option of dropping the NZXT AER RGB 2 52.44 CFM 120 mm Fan from your list. Your NZXT H510 Elite ATX Mid Tower Case already comes with stock AER case fans and unless you plan on using the NZXT AER RGB 2 52.44 CFM 120 mm Fan to replace the top and rear fans of your case to have all RGB case fans, the stock case fans will do just fine.

As for a decent laptop to pair with your workstation, please see my recommendation below:

Gigabyte AERO 15 Classic-SA-F74ADW

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
Memory(RAM) 16GB DDR4-2666
SSD 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive
HDD –
Weight 3.7 kg (~8.14pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

The Gigabyte AERO 15 Classic-SA-F74ADW can be had for around US$1499 which is around your budget of 2K Candaian so it’s worth taking a closer look at.

Also, you may want to check the site’s PC Builder Tool at https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/ for workstation and laptop recommendations based on your budget and use case scenario.

Cheers,
Alex

Justin

Thanks for the info Alex. I really appreciate your input! It’s all been very helpful

Justin Wong

Hi Alex, I just had one other question. I’m not very familiar with any of the software that I’ll be using. How easy is it to work on my desktop one day and then do the same work on a laptop when I’m on the go. Thanks for all your input and your time

Justin Wong

Hey Alex, sorry to bug you again, but I have another question. I was just curious what your thoughts are on the Lenovo Legion gaming laptops (any Lenovo laptop for that matter) and any Dell laptops that might compare to your top recommendations. I may be able to snag a good deal on almost any model of Lenovo or Dell laptop. Thanks again for all your help and your time. I really appreciate it.

Justin

Hi Alex,

Thanks again for all your help, I really appreciate it! I have another question regarding monitors. I noticed on another one of your posts you recommended someone the LG 27UL850-W. I’m also looking into the LG 27GL850. I’ve set their specs side by side and really don’t know which way to go. Any recommendations between the two or any other monitors in a similar price range? Thanks!

Hey Justin,

Both the LG 27UL850-W and the LG 27GL850 are good options for a monitor. Both are 27-inch displays but there are major differences between the two. For example, the 27UL850-W has a 4K resolution while the 27GL850 only has a 2K resolution. The price is also a consideration between the two since the 27UL850-W costs more at around $699.99 while the 27GL850 is available for around $499.99.

In terms of colour accuracy, the 27GL850 boasts of 96% Adobe RGB coverage and 135% sRGB coverage while 27UL850-W only comes with 99% sRGB coverage. If colour accuracy is very important in the type of work you do, you might want to go for the 27GL850. Also, you may want to be aware of the pitfalls of going for a 27-inch monitor with a 4K resolution such as the 27UL850-W. 4K resolution on a 27-inch display has a very high DPI (or PPI) and this makes the ext and GUI/Software Palettes quite small and a little tough to read. My suggestion is for you to head over to a shop where both monitors are available so you can compare the two side by side and decide which of the two catches your eye.

As for other recommendations, you may also want to take a look at the Dell UP2716D which goes for around $544.60. It hits the sweet spot in terms of display size and resolution with its 27-inch size and 2K resolution. What’s more important is that the UP2716D boasts of excellent colour accuracy with its 100% sRGB AND 100% Adobe RGB coverage.

For other recommendations, you may want to take a look at this article: https://www.cgdirector.com/best-monitor-graphic-design-video-editing-3d/

Cheers,
Alex

Justin

Hi Alex,

Thanks for the info. I like the Dell monitor you suggested, but I’m not quite sure if I’m prepared to spend $700 CAD on one right now. I was looking into another monitor and was just curious if I could pick your brain once again. Thoughts on the following monitor?
Dell S2719H.
It’s currently on sale for $250 CAD. I looked up the specs and didn’t notice an Adobe rating.

Hey Justin,

The Dell S2719H is a good choice if you can get it for $250 CAD. As long as colour accuracy is not very crucial in the type of work you do, the lack of information on Adobe RGB coverage is not too concerning given that the S2719H has a 99% sRGB coverage. At the end of the day, it all boils down to preference so my suggestion is for you to head over to a shop where the Dell S2719H is available so you can check the monitor out and see if it meets your expectations and if it’s worth the $250 CAD price tag.

Cheers,
Alex

abhishri

Hi Alex !!
I am Freelance Artist.and working in 2D Adobe Animate cc, 3d Maya Animator, Toon Boom Animator. I am looking to build a New PC that will be a good all around work in future. Amd Ryzen9 3900x and i9 9900k is not available in India Market.. I want to buy a new PC for 2D Adobe Animate cc, 3d Maya Animator, Toon Boom Animator.
please how would you characterize this configuration?
.Just wondering if you have any recommendations?
Thank you
abhishri

Hey Abhishri,

Thanks for dropping a comment!

If I may ask, how much is your budget?

Given that the software you mostly use have you actively working inside the application most of the time, it would be best if you have a high-clocking CPU at the heart of your system to help in terms of task responsiveness. Also, if you plan on using the GPU render engines, an NVIDIA-based graphics card with CUDA core acceleration is highly recommended.

That said, you may want to check the site’s PC Builder Tool at https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/ to get build recommendations based on your budget and use case scenario. I’d go for a 3700X or 3800X, if the 3900X or i9 9900k are not available.

Cheers,
Alex

N.C.

thanks

Abhishri

Hi Alex !!
Thanks for your information about 3700X OR 3800X…
I wish to say that Really I am very confusion and could not choose a new PC due to different budget after to see in your site in https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/ ………..!!!!!
I have no problem for Budget and don’t go high budget, but I want to better working and better support in new PC for to do work in Animation..
I want to say that I have a software such as Maya 2017, Adobe Animate cc 2017, Toom Boom 2017. so I want to this software install in new Pc for better supporting in future.
I request you that any suggestion or advice me in details which one is best PC with processor, CPU Cooler, Graphics Card, RAM, HDD, Motherboard, SSD, Power Supply for better support in AMD Ryzen7 3700X or AMD Ryzen7 3800X or other option for mostly to do work in 2d Animator (Adobe Animate cc), 3d Maya Animator, 2d Toom Boom software.
I’d appreciate your feedback
Thanks

Hey Abhishri,

Sorry to hear you got confused when using the site’s PC Builder Tool. The tool works by entering your budget using the slider and selecting your appropriate use case scenario. In your case, you should choose 3D Modeling and Animation since you mentioned you are using Maya.

You didn’t mention a specific budget but for example, you have a budget of around $2000, below is a build I put together for you:

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Your Custom 3D Modeling & Animation Build: (https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=zc1kg0c0lke)

Parts List:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($387.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 AM4 ($74.90)
Motherboard: ASUS TUF Gaming x570-Plus (Wifi) ATX AM4 ($199.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 8GB – Asus Turbo ($799.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($164.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($169.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($87.99)

Total: $1950.83

Generated by CG Director PC Builder on 27/9/2019 @ 22:44:35
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As you can see, the whole build comes up to around $1950.83 but you still have the option of not buying the be quiet! Dark Rock 4 AM4 CPU cooler as the stock Wraith Prism cooler that comes with the package of the Ryzen 7 3800X is more than enough for cooling purposes. The money you save can then be used to buy other parts of your build such as an SHDD like the Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB 7200 RPM which goes for about $79.99.

The build already comes with a Ryzen 7 3800X CPU which is snappy enough to deliver task responsiveness when you’re working actively inside the software. In addition to that, you also get an NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU with CUDA core acceleration that will help a lot in the event you plan on using the GPU render engines. All in all, that build should be more than enough to handle whatever task you throw at it.

Cheers,
Alex

N. C.

Hi Alex,
I’m planing on building a new pc for Animation including 3d Maya, Adobe Animate cc, Unity, Toon Boom Harmony.
Here’s a list of items I’m hoping to get.
> CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor
>CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition AM4
>Motherboard: MSI Z 390A Motherboard
>GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB – MSI Gaming
>Memory (RAM): 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16
>SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive
>HDD: Seagate 2TB Sata HDD
>Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply
>Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case
>Window 10 Pro- 64 bit
>650W Cooler Master 80 Plus Gold

It is working for Animation ( 3d Maya, Adobe Animate cc, Unity, Toon Boom Harmony. ).. plz help me
Thanx
.

Hey N.C.,

Thanks for asking!

The build you put together is really good! The Ryzen 7 3700X with its 8 cores and 3.6 GHz base clock and Max Boost of up to 4.4 GHz is a snappy CPU that will help a lot in terms of task responsiveness when you are working actively inside the software. Your choice of an RTX 2060 graphics card is also good because this GPU comes with CUDA core acceleration and will surely help in case you plan on using the GPU render engines.

However, the MSI Z 390A Motherboard your selected is not compatible with a Ryzen build. The Z390 platform is compatible with an Intel build so if you want to stick with a Ryzen build, you need to choose an AM4-compatible motherboard like the X570 or B450. Any of the X570 motherboards from reputable manufacturers like Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte will do. You also have the option of choosing a B450 motherboard from these manufactures but be advised that you may need to have its BIOS updated to avoid any issues with the 3rd generation of Ryzen processors.

16GB of RAM is currently the baseline but if you plan on working on large projects, you may need to increase the RAM to at least 32GB, even more, if your work will involve really complicated stuff. You also have the option of dropping the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition AM4 CPU cooler on your list as the stock Wraith Prism cooler that comes with the Ryzen 7 3700X is more than capable enough for CPU cooling purposes. The money you intend to spend on the CPU cooler can then be invested in other parts of your build.

You also listed two possible PSUs. As a general rule, a 500-watt PSU is good enough for a single GPU build but in case you plan on adding more graphics cards in the future, you just need to add 250 watts for every additional GPU. Any PSU from manufacturers like beQuiet, Seasonic, and Corsair will do in this case.

Cheers,
Alex

N.C.

Hello Alex

Thanks for information
NC

N.C.

Hello Alex

Great article! Thank you so much for your efforts…..!

My friend is looking for a new PC in Animation .. He want to work in 2d Animator (Adobe Animate cc), 3D Animator (Maya), 2d Animator (Toon Boom Harmony) and He want to use in Intel Core i7 9700k 8-Core 3.6GHz upto 4.90GHz Processor in 9th generation.

Can you please advice me in details which one is best name of model CPU Cooler, Graphics Card, RAM, SSD, HDD, Motherboard, Power Supply, and any thing for better support in intel core (64-bit) i7 9700k 8-Core 3.6GHz upto 4.90GHz Processor in 9th generation.

Thanks

Hey N.C.,

Thanks for dropping a line!

If I may ask, how much is the budget?

Based on the software you listed, an Intel Core i7-9700K CPU is a good choice since it has a high clock speed which will help a lot when working actively inside the software. As for the other parts of the build, you can check below the list of parts I put together:

Parts List:
CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K CPU ($364.99)
CPU Cooler: be Quiet! BK008 Pure Rock Slim – CPU Cooler ($34.13)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A LGA 1151 ($181.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB – MSI Gaming ($479.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($164.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 PRO 512GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($149.99)
Storage SSHD: Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB 7200 RPM ($79.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($87.99)

Total: $1,609.05

The total comes up to around $1,609.05 but aside from the very capable i7-9700K CPU, you also get an NVIDIA RTX 2070 GPU with CUDA core acceleration for GPU rendering purposes. All in all, that build will be more than enough for your needs.

Cheers,
Alex

Abhishek

Hello Alex,

Thank you so much for your post, it has excellent information.

I am Abhishek from Bhopal, M.P., (India)

I have a total working experience of 16 years in 2d Animator, Flash Animator and 3d Animator in production & pre-production ( Series, Movies and Gaming.). I want to do work in Animation series, Animation Gaming & Animation movies in future.

So I’m planing and want to taking a PC for Animation including Maya (3d Animator), Flash Animator (Adobe Animate CC ), Adobe Photoshop, Unity 2d/3d, Toon Boom Harmony. I don’t know which best processor, CPU , CPU Cooler, Graphics Card, RAM, Operating sytem, PCIE-SSD, HDD, Motherboard, Power Supply, Cooler master, Monitor size and anything to buy for better support…. AMD Ryzen9 3900X and Intel i9 9900k is not available in Bhopal (India) at this time…. Also I don’t know which best CPU Including AMD Ryzen7 3800X, AMD Ryzen7 3700X, AMD Ryzen7 2700X, AMD Ryzen5 3600X and intel (64-bit) i7 9700k , i9 9900k in 9th generation. so I could not decided to buy for better CPU in AMD or Intel.

(1). Can you tell me about AMD is best or intel is best for better working in Animation ( 3d Maya, Flash Animator (Adobe Animate CC ), Adobe Photoshop, Unity 2d/3d, Toon Boom Harmony).

(2). Can you please help me in details which one is best CPU, processor, CPU Cooler, Graphics Card, RAM, Operating sytem, PCIE-SSD, HDD, Motherboard, Power Supply, Cooler master, Monitor size for better support in AMD Ryzen7 3800X, AMD Ryzen7 3700X, AMD Ryzen7 2700X, AMD Ryzen5 3600X and intel (64-bit) i7 9700k, i9 9900k in 9th generation.

(3). Can you tell me that which one is best Wacom with pen tool.

Please Guide me…..

Thanks

Efe

Hello Alex,
Your write up is quite interesting and educative. Thanks for your guidance.
I am about to venture into the interesting world of animations and graphic designing.
I’d like to start with Adobe After Effects and then Maya 3D animation and any other you may want to recommend.
I currently have 2 systems – A MacBook Air (2014) and a Lenovo all-in-one system.

The spec of the MacBook Air is:
11-inch; 1.4Ghz; 4GB 1600MHz DDR3; Intel HD Graphics 5000 1536

Lenovo is:
Windows 10 Home 64-bit; AMD A9-9410 RADEON R5, 5 COMPUTE CORES 2C+3G (2 CPUs); 2.9 GHz; 8GB RAM

Just copied the above the way they are on the systems lol.

Will these systems be able to help me achieve my goal or do I need a faster one?

Secondly, if I am to get a system, I would most likely prefer a laptop so I can carry it around as I may need to travel once a while.

With the build of systems you mentioned in your write up, is there a laptop that has these specifications? If a laptop is possible, can the Apple Pro compete, as I really like their products?

Finally, I’m on a budget as well, can I achieve my goals with a budget in the neighborhood of $1,000?

Please guide and channel me to my dreams.

Efe, from Nigeria.

Hey Efe,

Thanks for dropping a comment!

Your Lenovo AIO or your MacBook Air may be able to handle Adobe After Effects and Maya 3D but the experience I’m sure will not be as smooth as you want it because After Effects requires a minimum of 16GB of RAM (32GB recommended) while Maya needs 8GB minimum (16GB or more is recommended).

It’s nice to have a MacBook Pro if you have the budget for it but the cheapest MacBook Pro at the moment costs around $1,199.99. With your budget of $1,000, you can already get a different laptop with better specs than the cheapest MacBook Pro but costs a lot less.

My recommendation is the MSI GL63 which costs around $899.95. Below are its specs:

CPU Intel Core i7-8750H 2.20GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q 4GB
Memory(RAM) 8GB DDR4-2666
SSD 128GB M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive
HDD 1TB Hard Drive
Weight 1.86 kg (~4.09pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

The MSI GL63’s i7-8750H with its 2.20 GHz base clock and Turbo Boost of 4.10 GHz will be helpful especially if you will doing a lot of active work inside the software.

Also, you may want to check the site’s PC Builder Tool at https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/ for laptop recommendations based on your budget and use case scenario.

Cheers,
Alex

Efe

Thanks Alex.

Been hoping for a reply.

Thanks for pointing me to the right direction. #happy

abhishek

Hello Alex,

Thank you so much for your post, it has excellent information.

I am Abhishek from Bhopal, M.P., (India)

I have a total working experience of 16 years in 2d Animator, Flash Animator and 3d Animator in production & pre-production ( Series, Movies and Gaming.). I want to do work in Animation series, Animation Gaming & Animation movies in future.

So I’m planing and want to taking a PC for Animation including Maya (3d Animator), Flash Animator (Adobe Animate CC ), Adobe Photoshop, Unity 2d/3d, Toon Boom Harmony. I don’t know which best processor, CPU , CPU Cooler, Graphics Card, RAM, Operating sytem, PCIE-SSD, HDD, Motherboard, Power Supply, Cooler master, Monitor size and anything to buy for better support…. AMD Ryzen9 3900X and Intel i9 9900k is not available in Bhopal (India) at this time…. Also I don’t know which best CPU Including AMD Ryzen7 3800X, AMD Ryzen7 3700X, AMD Ryzen7 2700X, AMD Ryzen5 3600X and intel (64-bit) i7 9700k , i9 9900k in 9th generation. so I could not decided to buy for better CPU in AMD or Intel.

(1). Can you tell me about AMD is best or intel is best for better working in Animation ( 3d Maya, Flash Animator (Adobe Animate CC ), Adobe Photoshop, Unity 2d/3d, Toon Boom Harmony).

(2). Can you please help me in details which one is best CPU, processor, CPU Cooler, Graphics Card, RAM, Operating sytem, PCIE-SSD, HDD, Motherboard, Power Supply, Cooler master, Monitor size for better support in AMD Ryzen7 3800X, AMD Ryzen7 3700X, AMD Ryzen7 2700X, AMD Ryzen5 3600X and intel (64-bit) i7 9700k, i9 9900k in 9th generation.

(3). Can you tell me that which one is best Wacom with pen tool.

Please Guide me…..

Thanks

roman

Hi Alex, please how would you characterize this configuration? I want to buy a new PC.

I work on sketchup and vrey 4-6 3D renders per month (mostly 3D interior design images like rooms, small office..etc )

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.60GHz, RAM 16GB, 480GB SSD + 1TB HDD, nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB

thx, R

Hi Roman,

Thanks for asking!

If I may ask, what’s your budget?

The type of build you should put together will always depend on your budget and the type of work you do. If you mostly do active work inside the software, it would be best if you invest in a CPU with a high clock speed to help with task responsiveness. However, if you do a lot of rendering, a CPU with high core count and an NVIDIA-based GPU (if you plan on using the GPU render engines) should be at the heart of your system. The rest of the build will then follow once you’ve chosen your CPU and GPU.

Also, you may want to check out the site’s PC Builder Tool at https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/ for build recommendations based on your budget and use case scenario.

Cheers,
Alex

roman

Hi Alex, Thank you for your reply. I was thinking of spending about $ 1,100, this is how much this configuration costs (AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.60GHz, RAM 16GB, 480GB SSD + 1TB HDD, nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB). The prices of the same configuration are different depending on the country where you live. Prices in Europe are slightly higher than in the US.

I looked at the pc-builder that you sent me and about for the same budget is offered the same configuration.
The only difference is the CPU.

Do you think it pays off for my scope of work that I described to you earlier, take better Ryzem 7 3700x or AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X instead of Ryzen 5 3600x from my configuration and pay $ 150-200 more. Is there a significant difference between these CPUs?

thanks again, roman

Hey Roman,

The Ryzen 7 3700X is slightly more powerful with its 8 cores, 3.6 GHz base clock, and 4.4 GHz Max Boost clock compared to the 6 cores of the 3600X and 3.8 GHz base clock and Max Boost clock of 4.4 GHz.

The additional 2 cores of the 3700X will make a difference in the type of work you do but it won’t be a very significant difference to be game-changing, so to speak. Personally, I will always go for the more powerful CPU because a rig you build for work is an investment and the money you spend for your build will always be money well spent.

While having a Threadripper CPU at the heart of your system will the best case scenario for the type of work you do, it’s not advisable if you have certain budget constraints. While the 1920X is slightly cheaper nowadays, going for a Threadripper CPU requires that you also go for any of the TR4-compatible motherboards which are more expensive than your regular AM4-compatible X570 motherboard. So, if you go the Threadripper route, expect to pay more than just $200 for this change.

Cheers,
Alex

roman

alex, thank you very much for your help. br,R