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Building a blender, photoshop, ai rendering workstation



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Nov 15, 2022
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Hi! I'm looking to build a pc in the 2000$ range with the intent to do a lot of intense modeling and rendering in blender sometimes on the cpu intensive side and sometimes gpu intensive side. my workflow will involve multitasking with photoshop. both my photoshop files and blender files can get pretty huge- easily in the multiple gigabyte size range. i am also hoping to do some local ai rendering on my gpu using apps like stable diffusion. i checked the section on blender pc builds and modified it a bit (first list below) because i couldnt find all the parts in stock (i also upped the ram) it came out to a more expensive build than when i used the pc part picker (second list below). can you advise which build may be better or if there may be any issues with the parts i swapped out? or if i would need more power or better cooling for the second build? also the auto part picker said there may be an issue with the high profile ram and the cpu cooling fan... ? any advice? thanks for your time!!

CPU:AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core, 32-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor 4.9gh socket am4
CPU COOLER: EVGA Clc 360mm All-in-one RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler, 3X FX12 120mm PWM Fans, Intel, AMD, 5 Yr Warranty, 400-Hy-CL36-V1
GPU: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming OC 8G (REV2.0) Graphics Card, 3X WINDFORCE Fans, LHR, 8GB 256-bit GDDR6, GV-N3070GAMING OC-8GD REV2.0 Video Card
POWER SUPPLY:EVGA 220-B5-0650-V1 650 B5, 80 Plus Bronze 650W, Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode, 5 Year Warranty, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply
MOTHER BOARD: MSI MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI Motherboard (AMD AM4, DDR4, PCIe 4.0, SATA 6Gb/s, M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, AC Wi-Fi 6, HDMI, ATX)
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z Neo Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin SDRAM PC4-28800 DDR4 3600 CL16-19-19-39 1.35V Dual Channel Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-32GTZNC TIMES 2 of the above ram so a total of 64GB ram!
SAMSUNG 980 PRO SSD 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe Gen 4 Gaming M.2 Internal Solid State Hard Drive Memory Card, Maximum Speed, Thermal Control, MZ-V8P1T0B
CASE:NZXT H510 – CA-H510B-B1 – Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case – Front I/O USB Type-C Port – Tempered Glass Side Panel – Cable Management System – Water-Cooling Ready – Black, Non i-Series
total $2129

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=6NwLZ

CPU: Intel Core i9 12900K 3.2GHz 16-Core Processor ($499.88)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 ($89.90)
Motherboard: MSI MAG Z690 Tomahawk DDR4 ATX LGA1700 ($259.99)
GPU: Nvidia RTX 3070 8GB - Asus Dual ($429.99)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 C16 ($189.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 2TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($159.99)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2 80+ Platinum Power Supply ($156.02)
Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($146.99)
Total: $1932.75
Alex Glawion

Alex Glawion

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Both are great builds. The Intel build does have a slower SSD, so if you're moving around a lot of huge files, the 980 Pro might be the better choice for you. I'd also go with a 4x 16GB RAM KIT instead of two 2x16GB Kits, as modules in KITs are factory pre-tested and are known to work properly in sync.

Otherwise, both builds will perform pretty much the same, and either one will do just fine for the workloads you listed.