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1st time PC Build! - 3D CAD + GPU Rendering Rig


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Oct 27, 2020
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Hi All,

First time PC builder/Full-time Industrial Designer here looking to build up a PC to run Rhino 3D + Vray Hybrid rendering along with PS, Indesign and Autocad.
I'd say 75% 3D work + 2D CAD and Adobe/ 25% Rendering.
Canada based, and looking to keep this under CAD $2500 or $1800 USD if possible.
Hoping to get thoughts or suggestions for the build below:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3700X - $414.99 (May bite the bullet and go w/ the 3900X for about $200 more)
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12S - $79.95
GPU: Geforce RTX 3070 - $659 (Fingers crossed I can get one when they are released this Thursday! Recommendations for the interim?)
MB: Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard - $263.50
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 - $209.99 (Tempted to go to 64gb over 4 modules but 32 works in my circa 2011 system w/ no problems)
SSD #1 OS: Sabrent Rocket 4.0 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive - $129.99 (Is a PCIE 4.0 drive advantageous for my OS and programs?)
SSD #2 File Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive - $299.99 (Would normally go w/ a Samsung 860 but this is cheaper and good reviews)
PSU: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Platinum 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply - $164.75 (Build is currently around 405W, and want to include headroom for an additional GPU down the road. Maybe go w/ 850W, especially if I go w/ the 3900X?)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case - $79.50 (Nothing fancy which is great, and it seems that everything should fit, but airflow is potentially a question...)
Monitor(s): Will be using dual Acer setup I currently run, no cost.

Total build not including shipping and tax - CAD $2301.66

Thanks in advance for any help you're able to provide!

Alex Glawion

CG Hardware Specialist @ CGDirector
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Jun 12, 2020
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Definitely get a 3070 if you can get your hands on one. I'd recommend to have your pcie4 drive be your project storage, and let the slightly slower Adata xpg pcie3 nvme ssd be your os/app drive as those don't need as much performance.

The rest looks good to me! Of course, there are always the next gen Ryzen CPUs that are released on November 5th, that look to have some higher single core performance. But if you need it sooner, the 3700X certainly is a great CPU.