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Build help for 3D animation newbie


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Aug 4, 2020
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So I’m trying to get my foot in the door with 3D, and I will be starting with no experience at all. I FINALLY have the money to build a PC, want a build to play around with Blender mainly, to get a feel for it. One of my favorite animators said that you don’t need high priced tools to make good animation, and I don’t want to break the bank while building. With that being said, which CPU/GPU combo would you recommend to someone that wants to learn how to 3D animate? How much RAM is appropriate to start off with? (Also, I’d like to be able to play video games like Overwatch, WoW, MHW, FFXIV, FFXV, etc. in 1080p at a high frame rate.)

Alex Glawion

CG Hardware Specialist @ CGDirector
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Jun 12, 2020
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That is very true. You might have to wait a bit longer for your renders to finish, but you can easily create great stuff even on low-to-mid tier budgeted PCs.

Here's a $1k PC-Build which would perform nicely in Blender, with some room for future upgrades:

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Br1xh0y0nmp

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($204.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Spire Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX ATX AM4 ($186.00)
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1660TI 6GB - Gigabyte Windforce ($289.99)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 C16 ($68.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB NVME M.2 Solid State Drive ($74.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550M 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($84.99)
Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 205 Mid Tower Case ($89.99)
Total: $999.94