PC-Builder: Find The Best Parts For Your PC & Workstation

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The CGDirector PC-Builder helps you find the best Computer and Workstation Parts for your specific use case and available Budget. Be that 3D GPU Rendering, 3D Modeling, Video Editing, Motion Design, After Effects, Cinema 4D, CPU Rendering and many others.

Here it is, the CGDirector PC-Builder for PCs, Workstations, and Laptops:

PC-Builder


Missing specific Parts / Brands?

We are extending the CGDirector PC Builder constantly. Right now, only some Hardware Components from Asus, MSI, Corsair, Seasonic, be quiet, AMD, Intel, Nvidia, Fractal Design, Samsung, Adata and ASROCK have been added. More will follow, if we find the parts to be reliable.

Laptop Brands currently include MSI, Asus, Razer, Gigabyte with more to follow soon.

What parts are you missing in the PC-Builder?

Why is the Budget Min / Max capped?

Minimum and Maximum Budget is purposely capped in the PC-Builder. This is because it would not make sense in getting an even cheaper or even more expensive PC than the suggested range for the selected use-case.

More expensive than the suggested maximum might lower the performance (as the most expensive parts are not necessarily the best for your specific use case) and less expensive than the minimum suggested budget will most likely underwhelm you in your specific use-case experience.

How does the PC-Builder calculate the parts / How does it work?

We assigned a minimum and maximum percentage of the total cost, that a given part is allowed to cost. This is based on our experience in building and using lots and lots of different Computers and Workstations for all kinds of use-cases.

Example GPU-Rendering:

In GPU-Rendering the cheapest suggested Build has Parts that cost almost the same. Let’s take CPU and GPU for example: They both cost around 200$. So both will have about 25% of the total allowed Budget assigned.

In the maximum GPU-Rendering Build, the 4x 2080Tis cost much more (5196$) than the CPU (1900X – 399$), because, of course, in GPU-Rendering the GPUs are much more important and therefore may use up much more of the total Budget.

In this case, the GPUs use up 70% of the budget and the rest of the parts are comparatively cheap.

This means, the PC-Builder gets assigned a min-part-allowed-percentage and max-part-allowed-percentage and in-between automatically selects depending on the given budget.

Of course, things such, # of GPUs, # of PCIe-Slots on the Mainboard, Power Consumption, Socket matching the Mainboard and so on are taken into consideration.

As always though, the tool might not be entirely free of errors and we recommend to use it with caution and only use the suggested Parts as a basis for discussion and to build upon.

How are Laptops Recommended?

The Laptop recommendation Tool is much simpler than the PC-Builder Tool, as the Laptops are already pre-built. There are different underlying Benchmarks for every Purpose that define which Laptop is best within a certain price-range. This can vary slightly, depending on the availability and current price of the Laptops.

This way, the tool always recommends the best performing Laptops for Video Editing or Laptops for Animation for example, even if there might be more expensive Laptops that would ultimately though have less performance.

 

Feel Free to ask for suggestions on your PC-Build in the Comments.

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Alex from CGDirector - post author

Hi, I am Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I have 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

Scott Gammans

Hi Alex,

Quick question: is there any benefit to enabling XMP on the Gigabyte X399 Designare EX? I’m running with a 64 GB kit of Kingston HyperX Predator 3000MHz DDR4 (CL15 DIMM XMP HX430C15PB3K4/64), but I saw you write elsewhere that the Threadripper has a problem with speeds in this range.

Thanks!

Nachiket

Pls can you help me????
How much vram does octane render for cinema 4d requires??????

Richard Gomez

Hello Alex,
Great site and very informative. Thank you for all of these.
I would like to seek your assistance on the following setup. I am photographer and videographer – all hobbyist and not for profession. I also do little games and video streaming when bumming around.

Parts List:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 25600
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro AM4
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
Memory: 16GB (2×8) Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-3000
Storage SSD: Samsung SSD 860 PRO 500GBSATA
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung SSD 970 EVO 2TB, M.2 ($499.99)
Storage HDD: Seagate Barracuda Compute 1TB
Motherboard: MSI X470 AM4 Gaming Plus
Power Supply: Gigabyte B700H Semi Modular 700W
Case: Rosewill Gaming Mid ATX Tower

Any thoughts and suggestions is highly appreciated.
All boxes are left unopen and ready to build – I will just wait for your comments

Thank you. Kudos to your site.

Ricky

Yuki Hinoue

Hi Alex, I see you give advice online so I’ll give it a try too. I have no experience in building a pc, but for my needs I think I need to start with it.
I need a all round build for more options than given in the calculator, so was hoping you could give an suggestion.
Working with After effects/illustrator/InDesign open together full time. ( Animation, puppettool/character rigging, alot of expressions in AE which is draining my speed at the moment )
Plus working on Cinema 4D animations, hair, trees and wind, light and water simulations. And rendering with Octane…
The after effects use is more important on a daily basis, but I want a powerfully machine to do it all.

Budget is around $6000, if it’s worth it.

Thanks!

Delyan

Hello Alex. First of all thank you for the great site and all the information you put in it. It was very helpful for me to understand how the things works at the different aspects of the CG. So I’m about to build my first workstation mainly for modeling with Maya, Zbrush, Blender, Substance Painter and so on and in the future animation and UE4. At the moment I’m using Keyshot for rendering my scenes but my plans are to start using Arnold and Vray. I have some difficulties trying to chose my optimal workstation my budget is around 2500$. I’m living in East European country and the prices of the components are little bit higher. So my difficulties are mainly with selecting the right motherboard and ram. I’m trying to select from few different brands I red a lot of reviews for each one and there things I like and I don’t. One more thing I’m a big fen of the RGB effects and different lightning setups. About the ram I m not sure which one to select 2666MHz or 3000MHz . So I hope you can give me an advice about which one to chose. So here is my configuration:

MB: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI)
MSI MEG Z390 ACE 7B12-004R
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER
ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING Wi-Fi
CPU: Intel® Core™ i9-9900K (up to 5.00GHz), 16MB, 95W, LGA1151
GPU: ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2070 Advanced Edition
Memory: CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO DIMM KIT 32GB CMW32GX4M2A2666C16
2x16GB DDR4 3000 Kingston HyperX Predator RGB
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H115i RGB PLATINUM
SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS Series 250 GB 3D V-NAND Flash
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda 4TB SATA3
PSU: Corsair RM750x 750W
Case: Corsair Carbide SPEC-06 RGB Tempered Glass Case — Black

I will looking forward to your answer as an professional and expert opinion. Thank you!

Scott Gammans

Hi Alex,

I built (or am TRYING to build) the system optimized for CPU rendering with the Gigabyte X399 Designare EX ATX TR4 motherboard and am having a devil of a time getting the danged thing to boot. The ThreadRipper 2950X CPU is installed, the be quiet cooler and fan assembly is installed (and the two fans are connected via the Y-connector to the motherboard), the four 16 GB memory sticks (Kingston HyperX Predator 3000MHz DDR4 CL15 DIMM XMP HX430C15PB3K4/64) are installed in the correct slots, the Samsung 970 PRO NVMe Series 512GB M.2 PCI-Express SSD is in the M.2 slot, and the three power connectors from the Corsair AX850 (24-pin, 8-pin, and the CPU half of a second 8-pin into the 4-pin) are all connected… AND THE STUPID THING WON’T BOOT.

I bought everything from one place (Amazon) and their technical support thought the issue was the PSU — when I power up the mobo I get a brief flash of a pinkish-red LED where the clear part of the heatsink next to the M.2 slot is located, and then nothing. No CPU fans, no activity on the motherboard’s LED diagnostic display, nothing. (Oh, and turning the PSU off/on again doesn’t make that mysterious LED under the heatsink momentarily flash again; I have to completely disconnect/reconnect the power and then flip the PSU on again to get the momentary pink LED for a split-second.)

Amazon sent me a replacement PSU this evening. Switched it out. Still no joy. So now they think it’s the motherboard and they’re sending a replacement for that.

Are there any other tests I can perform on the Gigabyte X399 motherboard before I go through the hassle of swapping that out? I know that I don’t have a video card attached yet, but I didn’t see the point in dragging that out and installing it while the motherboard seems dead. Aren’t there some diagnostic buttons on this thing? (The manual that comes with the X399 only talks about the two-digit LED diagnostic, but like I said, that one never lights up at all.)

Thank you!

Mark P.

Howdy – Mark here. Just want to verify that the Samsun SSD 970 fits into and is compatible with the ASUS Prime H370-Plus motherboard. Amazon’s thing to verify they are okay said it wasn’t sure. I upgraded to a mid-sized tower (CORSAIR OBSIDIAN 450D Mid-Tower ATX Case – Airflow Edition) because I like the buttons on the front & want to add a card-reader and maybe a DVD multi-recorder. If I add both of those, does the 650W power supply still cover the added goodies?

Thanks – great site BTW.

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Your Custom PC Build: (https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=re1kf0b0fib)

Parts List:
CPU: Intel i9 9900k ($494.89)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151 ($88.09)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX2080 – Asus Turbo ($709.99)
Memory: 64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-3200, CL16-19-19-36 ($359.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung SSD 970 EVO 500GB, M.2 ($149.99)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime H370-Plus ATX 1151 ($125.16)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 ($89.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ($79.99)

Total: $2098.09

Generated by CG Director PC Builder on 13/5/2019 @ 20:43:43
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dave

hello alex , first thanks for this amazing timesaver site of yours!
i am a sound engineer /producer and i do video,after fex plus c4d, therefore i want a bit of a allrounder machine (rendering c4d over night – sometimes weeks and my my son has to check the machine as i am on tour with my band,poor kid) i have a “old” i7 acer raptor and it simply is not enough anymore, shure for the music but not for 4k rendering and after efects e.t.c. see video here, (almost 3 months of rendertime)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ20vyDLDIM
could you please recomend me a preset of your calculator (what to choose) to get a good compromise machine (render,ae,sound yes my sound editor supports multicore cpu)
budget up to 3000.-.
thank you very much in advance
ps as you see in the video i am not aming on realism in my videos,rather cheesy personal taste of mine….

Koby

Hey Alex,
I would like to build a custom cpu with a budget of ~2000-3000$,
after reviewing some of the articals i would like to know which build is the best for my needs.
i convert video, i need a computer that will convert the fastest to H.264 and Prores.
this computer will do nothing else, no video editing and no 3d modeling.
i need it to be fast and stable.
what calculator should i use?

Scott Gammans

Hey Alex, I’m sitting here double-checking the parts list for the 3D modeling/animation workstation I’m spec’ing, and I’m concerned that Autodesk doesn’t officially support any of the NVIDIA RTX or GTX GPUs for 3ds Max 2019 that your PC builder suggests (I was zeroing in on the RTX 2070). The only NVIDIA cards officially supported by Autodesk are the overpriced Quadro cards.

Comparing their 2019 support matrix to prior releases, it appears as though Autodesk has dropped all 3ds Max support for consumer-level graphics cards, even though the consumer cards have vastly superior performance-to-price ratios. (What’s really aggravating is that the support page for Arnold’s beta GPU renderer *does* indicate support for the RTX 2070–in fact, the support page goes out of its way to mention that if an RTX card is detected, its special features will be used! ARRRRGH)

How worried do I need to be that Autodesk doesn’t support the RTX 2070 for 3ds Max? Does that mean that 3ds Max will not run at all? Or will I simply be stuck without any support if the darn thing starts crashing randomly (which as far as I’m concerned is just as bad)? Thanks…

Illia

Hello, Alex
I have 6x 1070 8 GB video cards available and I have enough power supply units, also i have 16 GB RAM, and a processor i7 7700. Can you recommend a motherboard capable of accommodating this number of video cards?

Lloydo

Hey Alex,

Firstly thanks for all your hard work on this site, it’s extremely useful for someone who’s relatively new to building PCs.

I’m currently building a rig and I want to use the ASUS Prime H370-Plus ATX 1151 MB with the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 as suggested by the calculator. However I will need access to all four RAM slots as I intend to use four sticks of Kingston HyperX Fury. Does this setup cause problems with access? If so can you suggest an alternative cooler for this combo with the Intel i5 9600k?

Amy

Noctua NH U12A, more space for your RAM, you got 7 heatpipes, then for Fan Cooler you can go with Premium Noctua PWM fan

ROBERTO

Hi Alex:
Congrats for your excellent site & calculator. I read all the articles!!. Could you please give me some advice & feedback?
I am trying to put together an “all rounder” build ( It would be a three-user machine at our home), that would perform well with the following workload:
A) Video editing: FHD -1080p ( and occasional 4K) for youtube with Adobe Premiere.
B) Graphic design development (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign)
C) 3D packaging rendering (Adobe Dimension)
D) Bidimensional motion graphics (After Effects).

One big bummer is that I live in Italy and the prices here are around 30% higher compared to Amazon.com in the USA.

My base budget is ca. US$ 2.000, and my draft build is as follows:
Case COOLERMASTER SILENCIO 452 QUIET MID TOWER CASE
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™ i7 Six Core Processor i7-8700k (3.7GHz) 12MB Cache
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 UD: ATX, LG1151, USB 3.1, SATA 6GBs – RGB Ready
Memory (RAM) 32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2666MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card 6GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1660 Ti – HDMI, DP – GeForce
1st Storage Drive 480GB ADATA SU650 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6 Gb (520MB/R, 450MB/W)
2nd Storage Drive 2TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA-III 3.5″ HDD, 6GB/s, 7200RPM, 256MB CACHE
1st M.2 SSD Drive 512GB INTEL® 660p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 1500MB/sR |1000MB/sW)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Power Supply CORSAIR 550W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA
Processor Cooling Corsair H55 Hydro Cooler with Ultra Quiet Fans
Networking WIRELESS 802.11 Gigabyte GC-WB1733D-I AC 1734Mbps + BT5 PCI-E CARD
Operating System Windows 10 Home 64 Bit

This build runs around US$ 2,050.

Are 5.400 rpm Hard drives usable or is it better to stick with 7.200 rpm drives?

Would some of these upgrades be worth the additional money:
1)Intel® Core™ i7 Six Core Processor i7-9700k: add ca. US$ 45
2)6GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 1060: add ca. US$ 75
3) 500 GB Western Digital Black M.2 SSD Drive: add ca. US$ 45

Any additional suggestion for a worthwhile improvement? I might be able to stretch my budget a little.
Thanks in advance

Lucas

Hello,
I have a budget that is around 1400$ but the PC Builder tells me to get an Intel Core i5. I’m afraid the i5 is not that good for 3D animation? I never built a computer before so I really don’t know, but I was wondering if it was really worth it to get an i7 instead or if the difference isn’t notable.
Thanks a lot for this web page and for your answer!
Lucas

Pablo Kriegsauer

Hi Alex,
First of all your site is amazing! Congratulation and thanks for that huge amount of work!
To be able to do all kind of 3D animation, game development with a focus on VR and interactive presentations and real time rendering, video post production, graphics design and other things more. I decided to invest a little more money to get a good working device which keeps me flexible and expandable for the next couple of years.
(Unreal Engine4, Blender, Maya, 3ds max, Premiere, After Effects)

What do you think about this configuration:
– Intel® Core i9-9820X 10x 3.3GHz Boxed
– Be Quiet. Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler Top Flow CPU Cooler for Intel & AMD BK021 Black
– ASUS 8GB ROG-STRIX-RTX2070-A8G-GAMING RTX 2070 OC
– Corsair Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4×16 GB) 3000 MHz C15 XMP 2.0 High Performance Desktop Memory Kit Black
– Samsung MZ-V7E1T0BW SSD 970 EVO 1 TB M.2 Interne NVMe SSD (bis zu 3.400 MB/s)
– ASUS ROG Strix Z390-F Gaming Mainboard Sockel 1151 (ATX, Intel Z390, DDR4-Speicher, duale M.2 Anschlüsse, SATA 6Gbit/s, USB 3.1 Gen 2)
– Seasonic Focus Plus 750W Gold 80 Plus Full Modular-Power-supply
– WD Blue 4TB Interne Festplatte (8,9 cm (3,5 Zoll)), SATA 6 Gb/s BULK WD40EZRZ
– Benq GW2480 60,45 cm 23.8 inch LED Monitor (Full-HD, Eye Care, IPS PANEL TECHNOLOGY, HDMI, DP, Speakers) – Black
– be quiet! Silent Base 601 Insulated Orange

Would you have any proposals/Ideas or improvements?
Looking forward to your input!!
Thanks a lot!
Pablo

Uday Pratap

Hi. I’m starting my career in 3D animation. So I have to use software like(3ds Max, Maya, Mudbox, Fusion, MotionBuilder, Arnold,etc.
I’m planning to buy a laptop (I love to play games on the go). I choose one(ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 2 GL504GV(DON’T KNOW THE CODE BUT IT IS WITH RTX 2060(NO MAX -Q) 16GB Ram, 256GB SSD, ETC.
IS IT GOOD OR I SHOULD CHANGE IT(IF YES THEN WHICH ONE )
PLEASE REPLY!!

Ravi MISRA

Hi, it is real pleasure to read your article to build your own computer it is wonderful to know that it is so easy.Alex i have one P.C. it is not functioning well so i am thinking to rebuild it,i think some parts i can use.i want you to help me what part i can use i have
AMD Semptron145pr. 2.80 ghz
RAM 2 GB
80 GB hard disc

Faria

Hey Alex!

You have done an amazing job on your site. I have only one question

MSI – X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX TR4 Why you replaced it with Gigabyte X399 Designare EX ATX TR4 ?

eden

Hey Alex! love the page, i have a question, i want to build my first pc, i used to work in a laptop but its useless now, im a graphic designer, but i love 3d, and i want to specialize in it. usually work in Blender, zbrush, marmoset toolbag, unreal engine and substance painter/designer, and im between a i9-900k with a RTX 2080 or a Ryzen 7 2700x with an RTX 2080 TI, both of them with 16gb RAM, what would be better between them? im also kind of scared to waste money in an RTX after all the damaged one as i live outside the US and wont be ableto RMA them.

hos

Hi Alex, Why you deleted AMD Threadripper 1920X from your tool?
both are the same price now 1920x & 1900x

On my list, If I want to upgrade CPU? Suggested to me one or two compatible with all other Components
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/t9ZMhy

Thanks

Troyan Turner

Hey Alex,
I tend to replace my rig every 5 years, so I drop a healthy budget on it. I’ve been Mac for the last 20 years and I’m a professional 3D generalist, Apologies for any dumb questions as I’m entering the PC world for the first time. I do everything from animating to lighting to rendering in Cinema 4D with Cycles and Redshift. I don’t do much modeling. Then I comp everything in AE and Premiere. Problem is I use X-Particles a lot in our medical sims as well. Then I also do a lot of lighting and texturing in Unity. The newest wrinkle is Octane is partnering with Unity and all Unity users get a free copy of Octane to utilize realtime lighting and kinds of GPU effects not before offered. So it seems like I need a rig geared toward GPU rendering? How bad is simming X-Particles in a rig set up for GPU rendering? 2nd part to my question :). I work with someone who mainly models and UV textures using Substance tools. Not seeing these in your list of modeling programs, does your modeling level of parts apply to these software toolsets as well?
Thanks a ton for any time toward my questions you can give.

Stephen

Hi Alex,
I’m in the process of building a new machine for rendering, 3d modeling, FEA, and linear programming. Most of my work is with iterative solvers, very few direct solvers.
This will be a “server” build in the sense that’s placed in my network closet for me to access from a couple of workstations on my LAN. My build is listed below.
Given the fact that this will be a faceless machine, would you change anything?
Also I prefer the cooler master cases. Do you have an opinion on them?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FFJ0H3Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Thanks!
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Your Custom 3D Modeling & Animation Build: (https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=re1lf0b0eic)

Parts List:
CPU: Intel i9 9900k ($479.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151 ($88.09)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX2070 – Asus Turbo ($649.24)
Memory: 64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-3200, CL16-19-19-36 ($429.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung SSD 970 EVO 500GB, M.2 ($149.99)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151 ($188.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 ($89.99)
Case: be quiet! Silent Base 601 orange ($162.34)

Total: $2238.62

Generated by CG Director PC Builder on 18/4/2019 @ 12:32:34
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Stephen

Hi Alex,
I’ve actually just taken a second look at everything, and the 2070 card is 14″ long, while that case will only support a 13″ card. The 2080 is 4″ shorter so it would work, but it’s about a 33% increase in price. Any recommendations on an alternate?
I’ve been looking at the gigabyte rtx 2070, which looks to have a better cooling array.

Thank you!

Paul Nguyen

Hi Alex,

PC builder recommends the following for a graphic design workstation using Adobe Illustrator. Do I need more expensive machine?

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Your Custom Graphic Design Build: (https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=ue1mh0e0fib)

Parts List:
CPU: Intel i7 8700K ($365.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151 ($88.09)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX2060 – Asus Turbo ($389.99)
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-3200, CL16-19-19-36 ($99.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung SSD 970 PRO 512GB, M.2 ($167.84)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime H370-Plus ATX 1151 ($164.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 ($89.99)
Case: be quiet! Silent Base 600 orange ($120.00)

Total: $1486.88

Thanks!

Paul Nguyen

Hi Alex,

What would you recommend a machine doing design work for big signage primarily with adobe illustrator, and files can be as big as 2GB.

Thanks,

Stuart

This might be a dumb question, but I do 2D animation and was wondering whether I should go for a desktop or a laptop. Desktop seems like it would be the obvious choice (as you can get more bang for the buck), but the ability to animate from anywhere might be worth it. I also do voice over, so being able to move a laptop into my small booth rather than stretching the mic cord all the way from the desktop would be convenient.
That being said, a laptop that can handle everything necessary would probably have a loud fan. This something I don’t really want while recording my voice or doing a live stream where I animate.

I know this probably comes down to preference at this point but I just wanted to get your two cents on the matter.

Anyways thanks for the amazing tool and your amazing articles!

ray

Hi Alex….

Please can you help me ?

I have been on macs for way to long now and decided to sell and build a MEGA desktop machine for purposes of C4d – animation – Redshift-Vray etc… I want that realistic looks… Please can you tell me what build and specs you have in mind as i will try sell Imac and build it or go buy it somewhere….

Your help would greatly be appreciated…

Brooke

Hi Alex!
This is my build, but the case is out of stock every where. Can you recommend a different one? Thank you so much for this!

Your Custom 3D Modeling & Animation Build:

CPU: Intel i5 9600k ($264.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151 ($88.09)
GPU: NVIDIA GTX1060 – Asus Turbo ($299.85)
Memory: 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-2666, CL16-18-18-35 ($169.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung SSD 970 EVO 500GB, M.2 ($149.99)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151 ($224.26)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 ($54.99)
Case: be quiet! Silent Base 600 orange ($120.00)

Total: $1372.16

Thank you!

Jenni

Dear Alex,
Your site and info is awesome, thank you so much for this resource,
I am a professional freelance video producer and switched to mac about 5 years ago. Now I’m fed up with the high prices and mediocre performances so thinking to go back to pc custom build.
With your suggested build for a workstation maxing out for video editing / after effects etc, I have a few of questions if you can help me out please.

– Is the power supply 760 W adequate for this beast or should I go up to at least 800 – 1000W?
– I want to have some mobility with the system, to take on client sites occasionally. Would a CM Scout case work ok
https://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B00A7JBK80/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=A1X6FK5RDHNB96&psc=1
– This setup seems very much orientated to gaming. I don’t game at all, so would there be any difference in the motherboard / GPU or do you think this is alsio a killer setup for editing and compromise on rendering.

Thanks again :)))
Jenni


Your Custom Video Editing Build:

CPU: Intel i9 7980XE Extreme Edition ($1849.89)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 2066 ($89.61)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX2080TI – Asus Turbo ($1299.32)
Memory: 128GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-2666, CL16-18-18-35 ($699.99)
Storage SSD: Samsung SSD 860 PRO 1TB SATA ($297.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung SSD 970 EVO 2TB, M.2 ($526.21)
Storage HDD: Seagate IronWolf 8TB, 3.5, SATA 6Gb/s ($235.80)
Motherboard: MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon ATX 2066 ($279.00)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series Platinum AX760 760W ($179.99)
Case: be quiet! Dark Base 900 orange ($269.00)

Total: $5726.80

Generated by https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/ on 14/4/2019 @ 21:3:21

Ragu

Thanks to your encouragement I will be building my first PC ever.I have ordered the parts as per your suggestion. I noticed in your demo that you purchased a few other cables for completing the project. Are they included in your listing. If not, please respond to this comment with the cables that will be required. I ordered the parts for building a PC in the $ 2000 range. Thanks for your help

Lana

Hi there I have never build computer but can get someone to assist. I basically need to build everything from scratch and I am lost. I need a computer for motion graphics, 3d modelling, adobe programs like animate, photoshop for retouching, illustrator, after effects, premiere pro and basic graphic design would also appreciate advice on a high quality monitor and I’d like 2 have a smaller monitor plugged at the same time! I have always worked on Macs but need something upgradeble and faster. Please could you help me with a spec list ect My budget is $2500

Simona

Hi Alex! Your articles have helped me so much in building my own pc, thank you so much! I know a lot of people have asked this before, but your opinion matters to me, because from all that I’ve read, you know so much and your advice would be much appreciated! Everyone that I’ve asked at an IT service around here has recommended the Quadro for a GPU which isn’t great for Octane and liquid cooling, so I had to research and do this myself. It has been a long process, but at last, I am almost finished! I work a lot in C4D and ArchiCAD and render in Octane. I do use other softwares, like AutoCAD, Revit or Photoshop, but these are secondary. I have been trying for a while to get the best build I have, starting from an ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce® GTX 1080 TI 11GB OC that I received as a Christmas present. So I’ve added these to it: ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING, Intel i9 9900k, Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 32GB DDR4 3000MHz CL15 Dual Channel Kit, Ssd Samsung evo 970 500mb (for my OS and other softwares) and Ssd intel 660p 512 mb for the active storage. Now I should get a case, CPU cooler, PSU and storage. I was thinking of going like this: the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 in a Fractal Design Meshify C TG case and an EVGA SuperNOVA G+, 80+ Gold, 650W. According to a PSU calculator I used online, I would only need a 550W one, but I thought it would be safer this way. What do you think?

Thank you so much for your answer!

Brian

I want to build a rig on a budget of around 2500 to 3000 for both after effects and cinema 4D and I also do sound design as well just wondering if an amd thread ripper platform would be a good choice. Just wondering what you might recommend.

sol

Hi Alex,

I need to make an editing pc for after effects and premiere pro. My budget is 2800$. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I’m not tech savy at all so this will be a challenge.

hos

Hi Alex,

the (CPU Cooler: BK022) that u selected with AMD Threadripper 1920X, I checked the cooler page on pcpartpicker.com (View Compatible CPUs) it’s not Compatible with 1920X,
also not compatible with Motherboard “B074DHQR9N”

I think the one Compatible with 1920X it “BK022”

please double check

thanks

Ivona Matic

Hi Alex,
please give me advice. I need to buy a laptop mainly for Sketch up pro and Vray next. My budget is around 2000-3000$.
Is this good choice:
Intel Hexa Core i7-8750H (9M Cache, up to 4.10 GHz), 16GB DDR4 2666MHz (2x8GB)up to 32 GB, disk 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, display 15.6 FHD 1920×1080 IPS Acer ComfyView LED 144 Hz/ 3ms Overdrive, grafic nVidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB DDR5.
will it be ok for 3d modeling and rendering?
Can you give me some other advice, what is minimal to have…

Thank you very much for answer!

Somil

Hi the part builder does not display on my laptop. I have tried multiple browsers, Any idea what seems to be the issue?

Nik

Same here

Florin

Hi Alex,
I am looking to build a PC that can do well both architectural rendering and modelling. I will use 3ds Max with Corona render, Itoo software, Lumion/Twinmotion, Unreal engine, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Premier.
In the future, I want to add more GPUs in my system. My budget is around 2500$. I would appreciate if you could give me your opinion on the configuration detailed below. Thank you for your help.

My list:
MOTHERBOARD: MSI X399 SLI PLUS TR4
CPU: AMD RYZEN THREADRIPPER 1950X TR4
GPU: RTX 2070 Turbo 8Gb
COOLER: CORSAIR H115i Pro RGB
RAM: 2x 16GB KINGSTON DRAM 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 CL18 DIMM HyperX FURY
SSD: SSD SAMSUNG , 970 EVO PLUS, retail, 500GB, NVMe M.2
HDD: HDD SEAGATE BARRACUDA 2TB SATA3 7200rpm 256MB
POWER : Sursa Great Wall GW-M1200 1250W, Full Modular PSU, 80 PLUS Gold
CASE: NANOXIA Deep Silence 1

Have a great day!

Mori

Hey, Alex!

I’m a big fan of this site, and I’ve been using it as my go-to PC build guide for months! Thanks for all you do!

I have a tricky question, though– I’m an MFA student, a freelance animator & filmmaker/ video-editor, and a major gamer. I use Maya and Blender primarily for 3D modeling (and rendering!), and I do tons of 4K video editing & rendering in Premiere Pro, motion graphics/ 2D animation work in After Effects, photo editing in Photoshop, and assorted graphic design projects in Illustrator/ InDesign. In short, I do a whole lot of everything with pretty high memory/ CPU/ GPU usage, and my current build is sadly starting to majorly stutter and fail with my workload.

I know there’s not a one-size-fits-all build, but since I don’t just do one thing, these specific build guides confuse me a bit on which path to take towards upgrading my current build. So, any advice on the best attempt at a one size fits all upgrade to my current build around ~ $1000 max maybe? Clearly I can’t afford to change my build into a mega-workstation, but I’d like to get the absolute best bang for my buck (with your guidance!).

(Below is my current build, but I totally recognize I’m gonna have to replace the motherboard either way with any upgrade!)

Case: Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Mid-Tower
Motherboard: ASUS X99-E ATX
CPU: i7-6800K Six-Core 3.40GHz
GPU: ASUS Turbo GeForce® GTX 1070 Gaming 8GB GDDR5
MEM: ADATA XPG Z1 16GB (4GBx4) DDR4/3000MHz
SSD: 512GB Toshiba OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
Power: 750 Watts – Thermaltake Toughpower – 80 PLUS Gold, Semi Modular

Thanks a ton, and I’m super sorry for the wordiness! Cheers!

-M

Devin

Hello Alex,
I want a pc build that can do well in both AE VFX, and with some use of C4D. Do you recommend this parts list? My budget is around $2500.
Also, do you think its worth getting a liquid cooler? If so which one would you recommend? I’m not to familiar with computer parts, but am slowly learning everything. This site has been extremely helpful!

parts:
Intel i9 9900k
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151
NVIDIA GTX1080 – Asus Turbo
32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-3200, CL16-19-19-36
Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB SATA
Samsung SSD 970 PRO 512GB, M.2
ASUS Prime H370-Plus ATX 1151
Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4
be quiet! Silent Base 800 orange

Joro

Alex, can you take a look please?
Based on what the market offers here, I’ve compiled this configuration. It is approximately $ 1,700.
ASUS PRIME H370M-PLUS
INTEL CORE i9-9900K
CPU Cooler NOCTUA NH-D15S
KINGSTON HyperX FURY 2 x 8GB DDR4 2666MHz
MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X
ADATA Ultimate SU800 256GB 2.5″ SSD (system disk)
SSD SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS 500GB, M2 2280 /pci-e/
SEAGATE BarraCuda 4000GB 256MB SATA III
DEEPCOOL TESSERACT SW case
SEASONIC SSR-550FX, FOCUS Plus 550 Gold, 550W
Is it ok?
One more question – can the system disk be on M.2 too instead of SATA SSD (on the other M.2 slot)?

birk

Hi Alex, first of all im very happy i found this website, it has been very helpful – so thank you very much for your work!!

I would like to ask for advice regarding the workstation or configuration i was suggested from your pc-builder! I’m thinking about getting something similar.

Pc-build
3035$

cpu Intel i9 99005
cpu co bg quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151
2x Nvidia RTX2070 – asus turbo
ram 64gb Corsair Vengeance LPX kit DDR4-2666 CL16-18-18-35
SSD samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB SATA
MB ASUS Prime z390-A ATX 1151
ps be quiet! Straight Power 11 1000W ATX 2.4
case Fractal design XL R2 Titanium

There is also the 2600$ alternative
with
1x Nvidia RTX2080Ti – Asus Turbo,
a smaller HD
32GB RAM

I found that if im building a WS for 3D GPU rendering for around 2500-3000$ im totally safe regarding digital painting, modeling texturing and compositing tasks – The fast GPU build meet all of their requirements.

We are a small animation, vfx studio and use PS, Substance, redshift houdini and maya, nuke or AE for compositing.
NOW, we have started trying out softwares like Clarisse, terragen and worldbuilders as such, which are very CPU heavy and also very exiting 😀 –
SO I im trying to understand how i can accommodate this type of work/ softwares in the future :O which lead me to my question:

If i want to build a fast primarily GPU workstation for around that budget, what would be the alternative to accommodate for a little extra CPU power, extra cores i guess, creating a fast but more general machine, that still could do the “light work” photoshop,modeling,lighting comp – and perform alright w/ GPU renderings? Or is the high-end GPU build also fast enough for minor/medium CPU render jobs?

It seems to me unless you really doing heavy duty rendering, calculation, the high clock cpu and lots of vram is always the best option for visual artist. We are not building a pipeline around clarisse but wouldn’t mind trading some clock freq and GPU power for extra cores. Also im afraid the i99905 is overkill and maybe there is a cheaper more general alternative. my fear is im looking at sportscars, when all i need is a good stationscar 🙂

I hope it makes sense and any advice is much appreciated! thx again
Best Birk

Mahmoud Elhosary

Hi Alex,

Thanks man For This helpful tool and your effort,
I also saw your article “Building the best Cinema 4D Workstation Computer” it’s very nice.

I tried to compare between All Workstation in The tool 😀
I’ll use it For cinema 4d and octane render plugin

and I came up with those in the image attached in the link,
https://imgur.com/B2SrxMi

but plz I need a favor from you
1- Your suggestion which is better between them?
2- Do you have a better suggestion for Workstation within the same budget

again thank you so much.

Steffen

Hey Alex!

I think about using many of your suggested components for customizing a high end working station. But since I have many parallel video projects with the need for a lot of storage, what do you think about using a 12TB RAID 0 with another 12TB hard drive for a daily backup instead of having an SSD with only 2TB or 4TB? Does that sound like a good solution for you or would you disadvise such a setup? Or maybe use another RAID which is safe and fast at the same time like RAID 10?

Thanks for your opinion on that.

Cheers,
Steffen

ARSH

Here is a request can you please upload the pc builds with different variants like with intel and amd processors

Devin

Thanks so much for doing this! Very helpful tool in figuring out the configuration of my new computer. One question I have is why certain components appear at higher price points, then are switched for cheaper parts as I lower my price point, then reappear again at even lower points.

For example, for the processor you recommend the Intel i9 9900k at the highest price points, then go back and forth between that processor and different AMD Threadripper options as the overall price declines. I’m guessing this is either a compatibility issue or you are compensating for shortcomings in other components.

Am I missing something? Thanks.

mirko zambataro

hello, thank you four your help with this website, i want to build a system for 3d gpu and my budget is 2800/3000 euro, i hesitate between buy 3x rtx 2070 or 2x 2080, the rest of config its ok but for the gpu i Don’t know what is better , thank you

Amanda

Hi Alex,
Thank you for such a helpful site. I’m looking to buy a system for 3D GPU rendering and my budget is around $3000. I’m able to find all the items suggested except for the, be quiet silent base 800 case. Is there another comparable case that will work for this package?

Thank you so much,
Amanda

Carl

Hi Alex, thanks for sharing this. I am a 3d animation student and looks for a new pc. Currently I do most of my work on Zbrush and 3d max. I am wondering should I get Amd Threadripper 2990wx instead i9 9900x since I have enough budget for it. Will it has a better performance?

Davies

Hello Alex, I’m a graphics designer and illustrator, and I need another system for my works(i don’t know much about laptops really). Please do you know of any Dell laptop that could serve me well? And for a good price?

Also you suggested an Asus gaming laptop, I wanna ask how advisable is it to use a gaming laptop for animations?

Ahmed

Hi Alex. Thank you so much for the great info. I’m trying to build a pc that helps me with graphic designing (PS, ID, IL) and also for gaming; that can run the latest games. Can you please help me with that?

Lee

Hi Alex, thanks for this tool it’s really helpful. I have an idiot question… Would I need to add anything for networking or wireless Internet access?

stephan martiniere

Hi Alex, Very informative article. I am not seeing a built that would be optimal for both photoshop and modeling and rendering. aside photoshop I primarily use 3D studio max for modeling and vray or keyshot for rendering, no animation. one important note is that I am not a “clean modeler” I tend to mash up from existing models and kit bash. I model primarily for concept purposes, so my models tend to be very heavy and this is where I really need the performance. I also need multiple monitor at least 2 but I am considering 3 24 or 27 inch monitors. I usually work with photoshop and max opened at the same time, is having multiple GPU also a good idea?. I can go as high as 3K even a little more.
Thanks
Stephan

Christopher

Hi Alex, I use your calculator to find out what I should buy for my “3D Modeling and Animation | Cinema 4D, Maya, 3ds Max, Blender, artlantis …”. I’m going to MAX in this price range and I see, among other things, that you recommend i9-9900K. And you recommend the base “Be quiet! Silent Base 601 orange”. However, I prefer the “Be quiet! 700” version. Both are quiet, but are not they too tight, will not the i9 be very hot inside, and the whole machine in such a tight, quiet computer casing? Will this computer case and cooling will be safe for this hot i9 and RTX 2070? I ask becose i know nothing about hardware and i will buy exactly what i see from your spec calculator.

Blair Zettl

Hi Alex,

I’m looking at a little more expensive CPU build for Arnold renders in Maya 2019. Would you foresee a problem with swapping out the NVIDIA GTX1060 for the the NVIDIA RTX2080TI , adding a couple of 1 TB SSDs. Might need more power, but would the heat be too much to allow everything to run full power? I saw a similar build but with smaller processor a – Threadripper 1950X and graphics card (GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ) which used water cooling and a 850 W power supply. Obviously, I’d Would rather not spend $5k on a waffle iron, but it would be nice to have a little more ompf on the GPU side for the new Arnold view port (Don’t think they’re doing batches yet)

Penny for your thoughts.

Blair

hasan husain

Hi alex,

i am planning to purchase or upgrade my PC. i have 5000$ up to 7000$ budget
I am mainly up to work with Adobe after effects, premiere, Houdini, C4D simulation and X-particles Turbulencefd.
My camera is RED EPIC-w 8K so i am working mainly on 4K and some time 5K.
I need to work fast on cinema 4d specially on viewport and simulation

My current PC is very slow and boring
Processor: I7 5960X
Graphics Card #1: Titan X 12GB
Memory(RAM): 48GB
SSD: Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB SATA
Mainboard: X99 pro
Power Supply: 650W
Case: be quiet! Cool maser

I am thinking to buy
Processor: AMD 2990WX 32 core
Graphics Card #2: RTX 2080 ti
Memory(RAM): 64GB

do you recomend to build new PC or upgrade my PC and need your advice

hasan husain

i forget to mention single core score, i found that my i7 5960X is almost similar with AMD 2990WX in Single core

but in multi core is totally difference, amd 2990wx is much faster.

so i am confused, is this has effects on viewport and simiuation.
for rendering i will use my GPU on REDSIFT or Octane so for render i am happy.
i am confused only on simulation i need something fast

Mark Chavez

HI Alex,

I need somehelp on how to choose correct specifications for engineering works that can support engineering softwares

*autocad
*revit
*3ds max

most likely will work on rendering environment.
what specs should i buy to meet all these software requirements.
Thank you in advance.

Duncan

Hi Alex.
Great article and pc builder tool.
When can we expect the laptop section to be completed?
I’m looking for a laptop to run 3ds max, zbrush and substance painter for around £1000.
I’m currently considering the Asus TUF Gaming FX705GM-EV101T, but my knowledge of computer specs isn’t great.
Do you have any better recommedations?
Many thanks.

Ihla

Hi!

Thanks for having this little builder put together, I’m a complete newbie at this, and it’s allowed me to get started on my first build. These are my results:

Processor: Intel i7 9700k
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151
Graphics Card #1: NVIDIA GTX1070TI
Memory(RAM): 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-2666, CL16-18-18-35
PCIE-SSD: Samsung SSD 970 PRO 512GB, M.2
Mainboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151
Power Supply: Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 650W ATX 2.4
Case: be quiet! Silent Base 601 orange

My question is, would the Corsair Air 450 case be compatible with these components? I’m not liking the look of the BQ case. I’d also appreciate it if you could recommend other compatible cases, preferably on the slimmer side if possible, and not so much on the gamer look of things.

Roon

Hi Alex, i am currently trying to build my machine since Apple really cant handle NVidia drivers and CUDA for GPU rendering. This PC Builder app is very helpful.

I am mainly up to work with C4D and X-particles rendering in Cycles4d.
Budget is around 4.000

Your recommended configuration is:
Processor: AMD Threadripper 1920X
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 TR4
Graphics Card #1: NVIDIA RTX2080TI
Graphics Card #2: NVIDIA RTX2080TI
Memory(RAM): 64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-3200, CL16-19-19-36
SSD: Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB SATA
Mainboard: MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC ATX TR4
Power Supply: be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1200W ATX 2.4
Case: be quiet! Dark Base 900 orange

My question is: Would be better to have a Intel i9 9900k due to the single core speed of C4D viewport? I am not sure about x-particles using more cores…

Do i have to change the rest of the build if i do this change?
Can i have one or two more GPUs in the future?

Raquel Faria

Would this case “NZXT – H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case” still work for the build on ur website, recommend for 3d modelling n animation, the one with max budget. I really want a white case, and a pc for 3d modelling, more active work in architecture. Budget 3000€. Thanks

Msteph

Hi Alex,
do you think you could add : Texturing in the Purpose (Mari , Substance etc)

My mains specialties are : Zbrush , Hair simulation (Maya) , Texturing (Substance & Mari ) mostly

Processor : ADM Ryzen R5 2600 (will change for 3rd generation later on) 190€
CPU cooler : does the one coming with it good enough? or should i take one?
GPU : Nvidia GTX 1060 (already got it)
Memory(RAM) : 32GB Corsaire Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-2666 CL16 2x16GB 200€
SSD : Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512gb 170€
Mainboard : Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING AMD Socket AM4 (this one i m not sure) 130€
Power supply & Case : I dont know about those one too xD

690€

What do you think? And on what parts samsung ssd pro is better than evo (and worse?) ?
I work with a lot of UDIM and high Res maps while texturing too

Anyway thank you for all the data , i really understand things much better

Hans John

Hi Alex, am an interior designing student. I have to use 3ds max, V RAY plug in, AutoCad, photoshop and Revit so am planning to buy an assembled PC, can you suggest me a good and budget (around 700$)configuration for my PC

William

Hi Alex,

Your site is awesome, it’s like you gather all the essence of the information to build best rig and recommendations.

I have been working with this computer for 4 years and counting. I would like to upgrade my to be better, daily usage are for 3d modelling and rendering with 3ds max and vray, and if can i would like to try rendering with Lumion this year.

This is my build for like 4 years and i think its not yet reach his full capability:

CPU: 2 x Intel Xeon CPU E5-2407 v2 @ 2.40GHz (we thought it can multithreading, but its not)
RAM: 48,0GB Triple-Channel DDR3 @ 664MHz (8-8-8-24)
Motherboard: Intel Corporation S2400SC (CPU 1)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Gigabyte)
Storage: 223GB KINGSTON SUV400S37240G ATA Device (SATA-2 (SSD))
3726GB Seagate ST4000DM004-2CV104 ATA Device (SATA )
Network: Intel 82574L Gigabit Network Connection
Case: NXZT Switch 810 Full Tower Case

I’m not really on the budget so if totally i can upgrade my computer from that mistake and shoot me up what should i change for good.

Thanks for any help that you can provide

William

jd Hansen

Hi Alex!

You have done an amazing job here on your site. You’ve not only convinced me, a lifelong Mac user, to create my own computer, but you’ve also made it easy to gather the necessary information for a build. This is the first time I’ve ever built a computer. I think I’m ready to buy all this stuff but not sure…

I have a bunch of parts in my Amazon cart, but I want to know if these are appropriate for my uses. I am an artist and I need to do the following (in order of importance):

1. 3D modeling, mostly in Zbrush (need snappy viewport, no rendering)
2. Photoshop with multi-layered, high-res files
3. Medium-sized video editing in Premiere Elements
4. Need wifi and ethernet

Here is the build based on a combo of your 3D modeling and video editing recommendations:

CPU – Intel i9-9900k
CPU cooler – be quiet Dark Rock Pro 4 250W TDP 6-pole PWM Fan
Motherboard – ASUS Prime Z390-A
GPU – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB (4×16) 288-pin DDR4 SDRAM PC424000
PCIE-SSD #1 – Samsung 970 Evo 1TB PCIe M.2
PCIE-SSD #2 – Samsung 970 Evo 2TB PCIe M.2
Power Supply: Corsair AX Series AX760, 760 Watt
Case: be quiet BGW01 Silent Base 800
Monitor: (already own) BENQ 32-inch (3840 x 2160)

I’m not on a budget, but I don’t want to make a stupid mistake either.

-Is my GPU choice overkilll?
-Should I get 128GB RAM?
-Will everything I’ve chosen work together?
-How do I get wifi and ethernet capability?

Please make any changes to my plan that you see. I’m def a newbie at building computers.

Thanks for any help you can provide. I really appreciate it!!
jd Hansen

Gavin Strange

This PC Builder is a brilliant tool – thank you!!

Carlos Ojeda

Hi Alex, We are working with 3D Studio Max, Maya Blender, as you can see just rendering.

We are about to build a new PC and we are thinking in the next configuration:

Intel Core i9-7940X X-Series
Motherboard Asus WS X299 Sage
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11G Turbo Edition GDDR6
64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-3000

What do you think of this configuration? We like your page and your advice is very important to us.

Also, we are thinking in including 2 Asus GPU.

We do not really have an unlimited budget, but we are looking to have a good PC for the next 3 to 4 years.
Thank you Alex

Jurrian van der Vaart

Alex, thanks for all the good info! I am stuck on a new build…

I will be modeling large landscape spaces in SketchUp 3D with a ton of trees and other objects. Surface is created from contour lines out of AutoCad. Real time editing is my most common task, rendering is secondary and I might shoot it up to the cloud if it is a big client.

My build is below, based on your builder (2500 euros total):

MoBo
GIGABYTE AORUS Z390 ULTRA, socket 1151

Processor
Intel® Core i9-9900K, 3.6 GHz (5,0 GHz Turbo Boost)

Processor cooler:
be quiet! Dark Rock 4 Pro cpu-koeler Zwart

Memory:
Corsair 64 GB DDR4-2666 Quad-Kit werkgeheugen Zwart, CMK64GX4M4A2666C16, Vengeance LPX, XMP

GPU:
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING OC 8G

Case:
be quiet! SILENT BASE 600 tower

Power:
Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 850W,

Hard drives:
Samsung 500 GB, 970 EVO SSD M.2 (2280)
Toshiba N300, 4 TB SATA/600, 24/7,

If you could help me with 3 questions, i’d appreciate it:

1. Does the 9900K deliver a lot more than 9700K, or even 8700K, for the extra $100-150?
2. is the C16 for the RAM modules a bid deal? (64 gb kits are harder to come by, and this one is “reasonable”in price)
3. Would I need to install better cooling fans in the case to ensure proper airflow for the RTX2070 card?

There will be no gaming on this device, it’s purely a professional machine.

Thanks for any help you can offer!

Jurrian van der Vaart

Helgor

Thanks alex this is a helpful tool! So I have this build right now for 3D-Modeling and Animation and was wondering if I can use this for Video Editing too or if I should choose different Parts?

Recommended Parts:
Processor: Intel i9 9900k $570
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151 $69
Graphics Card #1: NVIDIA GTX1070TI $450
Memory(RAM): 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-3000, CL15-17-17-35 $260
PCIE-SSD: Samsung SSD 970 EVO 500GB, M.2 $109
Mainboard: ASUS Prime H370-Plus ATX 1151 $108
Power Supply: Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 650W ATX 2.4 $91
Case: be quiet! Silent Base 601 orange $98
Total: $1755

Thanks