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

CG Director Author Alex  by Alex  ⋮  Last updated on January 5th, 2019  ⋮   15 comments
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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 and Workstations:

  1. The prices displayed are subject to change without any notice and should only be used as a rough reference point.
  2. By using this tool you agree to the fact that 1) the build is provided on an “As Is” basis as a suggestion and 2) we cannot guarantee that the tool is free from all errors and omissions and therefore 3) CGDirector.com and related parties are not in any way responsible for any liability or damage resulting from the use or misuse of this tool.

I’d love to know what you think of this tool and how it can be improved! Feel free to give some feedback in the comments. Thanks! 🙂

Missing specific Parts / Brands?

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

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.


Missing anything in the PC-Builder? Let us know!

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!



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


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):

GIGABYTE AORUS Z390 ULTRA, socket 1151

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

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

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


be quiet! SILENT BASE 600 tower

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


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