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Building first PC for 3D



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Mar 13, 2021
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Hi I'm going to build my first PC for use with C4D, Redshift, After Effects and several other Adobe cloud programs. My budget is around $1000 but could stretch it to $1400 if you think it's a noticeable upgrade in quality (I'll be buying in Euros in Germany). I have used the tool to suggest the parts listed below for each budget. I'm a beginner moving up into intermediate motion designer / 3D animator. This will be my personal computer which I want to use to develop my skills further so I can get hired as a 3D motion designer, which means I don't need it to be on every day for 8 hours but I will spend around 20 hours a week with tutorials/courses on 3d. What are your thoughts? And thanks so much for the advice and builder generator!

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

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX ATX AM4 ($139.66)
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1660 6GB - EVGA XC Gaming ($499.88)
Memory: 8GB (2 x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 C16 ($68.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB NVME M.2 Solid State Drive ($59.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX450M 450W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 205 Mid Tower Case ($79.99)
Total: $1093.49

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

CPU: Intel i7 10700k 3.7GHz 8-Core Processor ($344.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 ($74.90)
Motherboard: MSI Z490 Tomahawk ATX LGA1200 ($199.99)
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1660 6GB - EVGA XC Gaming ($499.88)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 C16 ($84.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVME M.2 Solid State Drive ($112.87)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550M 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($69.98)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99)
Total: $1487.59
Alex Glawion

Alex Glawion

CG Hardware Specialist @ CGDirector
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Jun 12, 2020
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Hey Ash-ley,
Both builds look great. I'd definitely opt for at least 16GB of RAM, as just 8GB will slow you down very fast in your kinds of workloads. After Effects for example just eats away at your RAM and can easily use even 32 or 64GB without any problem, depending on your project complexity.

You'll also be much happier with a higher core count CPU such as the 10700k for 3D workloads. Redshift of course is a GPU render engine, and the GTX 1660 is a good way to start with learning the render engine.

I'd definitely recommend going with your higher-budget build. You'll have much more fun with it.
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