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

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, by recommending highly compatible and best-performing hardware:

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How does the PC-Builder know what parts are best?

First and foremost, the PC-Builder relies on Benchmarks.

Every Hardware Component available to the PC-Builder Tool, has been put through a Series of popular Benchmarks that tell us exactly how well it performs.

Benchmarks include Cinebench, Geekbench, several GPU & CPU Render Engines such as Octane, Redshift, Vray and real-world Applications Benchmarks for all kinds of Digital Content Creation & CAD Software.

For maximum compatibility we have a lot of hardware specifications and manual testing & experience to source from.

Missing specific Parts / Brands?

We are extending the CGDirector PC Builder constantly. Right now, the best Hardware Components from Asus, MSI, Corsair, Seasonic, be quiet, AMD, Intel, Nvidia, Fractal Design, Samsung, Adata, ASROCK, Western Digital, Seagate, Gigabyte, Noctua, Phanteks, Crucial, Fractal Design have been added.

More will follow, after we were able to test them thoroughly, and if we find the parts to be reliable.

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

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 could 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

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:

When we select the “Purpose: GPU-Rendering”, the cheapest suggested Build consists of Parts that are very similar in price.

The CPU and GPU, for example, 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 minimumBudget-part-allowed-percentage and maximumBudget-part-allowed-percentage and in-between automatically interpolates 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 for maximum compatibility.

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 lower performance.

 

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

Alex from CGDirector - post author

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

I've 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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ally

hi alex,

we have exchanged messages before but i have another question,
My mind has settled on a RYZEN 9 build for 3ds max, photoshop, luminon and maybe autodesk revit.

i am not like big into rendering so a lot of the fancy bits on a motherboard, i will not, i jus need a MB thats functional, no conflicts with a later CPU and GPU and ofcos conflicts with software

so my question, i need suggestions on a build.i am willing to look at the ryzen 9 cpu but need advice on the CPU, i am willing to fit a entry level r9 CPU now and then later upgrade the CPU only.
also suggestion on on GPU, i need the system to be balances,
Is a nVidia with cuda a must?
power supply for future to take the later 3950x

The system life span should be min 5yrs

thank you

Artem Ermochenko

Hello, again,
Already purchased and built this PC:

-AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core, 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler
-ASUS Prime X570-P ATX Motherboard
-Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Memory Kit
-Crucial MX500 250GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD
-Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G Graphics Card
-Thermaltake SMART 600W ATX 12V V2.3/EPS 12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
-Fractal Design FD-CA-Focus-WT-W ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-Used ARCTIC MX-4 – Thermal Compound Paste For Coolers

After launch and started work in 3ds MAx and Corona – after couple minutes in IR Render computer shutted down, and it’s happened already couple times. Scene(file) is 1.5 MB – just started work!
I have no idea what could be wrong with this. CPU temp was around 55 when I turned it on again.
I you have any thoughts what I need to check and what kind of problem it could be –

Thanks in advance,
Artem

conor

Conor

Hi im building a pc for 3D modeling and 3D rendering was given build suggestion on a different page with a parts list that was incredibly helpful. I want to use AMD but when researching i found that the Ryzen 7 3800X and the Ryzen 7 3700X there is only a 2% difference. So im asking do you think its worth the £60 pounds extra for Ryzen 7 3800X.
From what i can tell there isnt much difference unless it has a greater impact on 3D modeling and 3D rendering that i am unaware off.
What would you suggest i use?

Thanks Conor

Hey Conor,

Thanks for asking!

A 2% increase in performance for an additional £60 may not be worth it so you might as well go with the Ryzen 7 3700X for that matter. This 2% increase may not even be felt in real-word scenarios plus the money you save can still be invested in other parts of your build.

Cheers,
Alex

Xaviour

Alex, you are the man. This is a great tool you’ve put together!
I do renderings using both CPU and GPU as well as modelling and video work.
I’ve cobbled together from your lists this Frankenstein machine. Two questions though:
1) I set this up to give the ability to add 2 more 2080’s in the future – is this feasible with this set-up?
2) Do you think this tower allows enough air to move through to give the hardware enough room air to handle intense renders?
CPU AMD Threadripper 2990WX 3.0GHz 32-Core Processor $1,693.22
Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 TR4 $89.90
Board Gigabyte X399 Designare EX ATX TR4 $429.99
GPU NVIDIA RTX 2080TI 11GB – Asus Turbo $1,190.63
GPU NVIDIA RTX 2080TI 11GB – Asus Turbo $1,190.63
RAM 128GB (8 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 CL16 $680.91
SSD Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $129.99
PSU Corsair AX1600i 1600W ATX 2.4 Power Supply $459.99
Case Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Big Tower Case $149.58
Total: $6,014.84

Hey Xaviour,

Thanks for dropping a line and I’m glad that you found the PC Builder Tool helpful!

First off, I’d like to say you put together a beast of a build. With a high-core count 2990WX CPU and a pair of 2080 Tis, I’m sure your build will be more than capable enough to handle any rendering or modelling work you throw at it!

And to answer your question, you have the option of adding 2 more Asus Turbo RTX 2080 Tis in the future. Your choice of GPU is dual slot height, your motherboard comes with 5 PCIe slots with 4 being 2 slots apart and the Fractal Design Define XL R2 is big enough with enough slots in the back.

In terms of cooling, I think the Fractal Design Define XL R2 with its dimensions of 232 x 559 x 560 mm is big enough to allow air inside the case to move through. And besides, the Asus Turbo RTX 2080 Ti comes with a blower style design that blows the air out the back of the case to help with cooling the inside of the case in tight situations.

Cheers,
Alex

Xaviour

Thanks for the detailed reply, Alex. I’m looking forward to putting this together. Your work here is appreciated!

Xaviour

Alex, do you think a 970 EVO PLUS 1Tb (or 2Tb) would work with this build?

Mason the Noob

Hello Alex!!

I’m back with another question.

2 weeks ago I used the builder tool with a set budget of around 1600. The builder tool originally went with an i7 9700k for my video editing preference. BUT now when i set the same budget, the Ryzen 7 3700x has been chosen.

How come the builder tool switched my CPU? And should I now go with the Ryzen 7 3700x? How is it that it has 8 cores 16 threads and costs less than Intel at 8 cored 8 threads.

Also. How significant is the change from i7 8700k to i7 9700k? I see that they eliminated hyperthreading on the 9700k but added 2 cores. What is the advantage of that? Im trying to decide between i7 8700k, i7 9700k and now the Ryzen 7 3700x (now that the builder tool updated) and I do see that is cheaper and has 16 threads.

Thanks Alex!!

Eric C

Hello Alex — Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge and time! This site is invaluable.

I am getting more involved with Blender and am most likely going to make the switch from Mac to PC. Needless to say, I’m petrified and a little lost. My budget is ~$2K. I used the workstation builder and came up with:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 AM4
Motherboard: MSI MPG x570 Gaming Plus ATX AM4
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 8GB – Asus Turbo
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16
Storage SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM550x 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Big Tower Case

My primary use will be for modelling characters (sculpting, texturing, particle systems…). I am currently on a MacBook Pro and I’m getting serious lags. For example, working with particle systems for hair. Realtime renders are out of the question, so posing and lighting is a serious hassle. Having said that, I also want decent render times (in Cycles). I am focused on stills and not animation.

Please let me know if the above build looks good for my needs. Again, thank you!

– Eric

Andrew Vu

Same man, my mid 2014 macbook pro is crap when trying to work with 3D rendering projects and Editing. Just a note, the RTX 2080 is going to be discontinued and replaced with its better counterpart; the RTX 2080 super. Also if your 3D modeling, it seems like the Graphics card is going to be doing most of the tasks. Take a look at the site below if you’re curious about the best options for GPUs in terms of performance in 3D rendering softwares. I’m switching from Mac to PC like you are and I’m doing tons of research at the moment on the best system for my budget. Hope that helps 🙂

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/OctaneRender-4-2019-GPU-Roundup-NVIDIA-GeForce-RTX-SUPER-Performance-1549/

Eric C

Thanks so much, Andrew. Coincidentally, I’m also running a mid-2014 MBP.

Andrew Vu

Hi Alex! First of all, I really appreciate you taking your time to answer all the questions people have on their PC Builds. Right now, I am stuck with a very tough decision when trying to create a build that will work well with editing 4k 10 bit footage from my GH5s and was wondering if you could test the footage on your system to see if it is playing back in real-time. Also right now I’m struggling to try to decide which CPU to use if I want smooth playback and fast export times. I’m going to be using premiere to edit and Davinci Resolve to color grade. I’m struggling between choosing between the ryzen 9 3900x and the intel 9-9900k. After extensive research, I learned the premiere can export videos faster via quick-sync when utilizing the igpu of intel’s processors. I was wondering if ryzen processors offer the same or similar integrated graphics to increase rendering times like their intel counterparts. If not, do you think that it will be better to go with the i9-9900k for the faster export times using quick-sync? Also with the 10th generation intel CPUs coming out, do you think that it will perhaps lower the price of the intel i9? My macbook pro at the moment freezes, lags, and crashes when trying to edit 4k 10 bit footage in premiere. I would be more than happy to provide you with footage. Really appriciate your help man! Hope you can help

Mohamad

Hi Alex , Thanks for your great information and good website!
I’m going to build a pro PC. I work more with 3ds Max+ Corona. Sometimes lumion and I want fastest rendering in both of them 🙂 . I chose some pieces , but I’m not sure about some. Please help me to build the best PC for this choices (I’m sure of these specifications) My maximum budget is about 3400 $.
CPU : AMD Threadripper 2990WX
GPU : RTX 2080 Ti 11G (Which brand or model ?)
Memory (RAM) : Minimum 32GB – maybe 64 depend on budget (Which brand or model?)
SSD : 500 GB (Which brand or model ?)
HDD : 1 TB (Which brand or model ?)
Mother Board: ?
Power : ?
CPU Cooler : ?
Case : ?

Thanks a lot!!!

Dat Nguyen

Hi, Thanks Alex. This tool is great!.
I have a question. which plugin do you use add options on this tool?
Sorry for my irrelevent question because i am learning about wordpress. Hi.

Ramon marques

Hello alex!

Firstly, I’ve been searching the best build for cinema 4d +octane/redshift for a while and this site has helped me very much in understanding everything, so thank you!

Secondly I think I found the best build for me (follows below) but I’m really in doubt in two topics about it, which is motherboard and processor.

Motherboard: I saw that the ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151 supports a max of 64 gb of memory, but I would like to be able to expand to 128gb in the future, so I was thinking in getting the GIGABYTE X399 Designare EX, do you think it would be compatible, and mostly, a good idea?

Processor: I saw in another topic talking about the best build for cinema 4d that you recommended having the amd Ryzen 9 3900X 12 core instead of the i9. since it’s 12 cores and the price difference is close, should I change the i9 for it then?

Pc build:

CPU – Intel i9 9900k 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor

CPU Cooler – be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151

Motherboard – ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151

Graphics Card – NVIDIA RTX 2080TI 11GB – Asus Turbo

Memory (RAM) – 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 CL16

Storage SSD – Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive

Power Supply – Corsair Professional Series Platinum AX760 760W Power Supply

Case – Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Big Tower Case