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

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

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:



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.

Note: AMD CPUs are currently in the lead in most productivity software. This is reflected in the benchmarks used for the PC-Builder Tool and why AMD CPUs are so often recommended here.

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, NZXT, 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.

Have some Parts picked but don’t know how to assemble them? Check our PC-Building Guide on how to assemble a PC.


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!



Hey Alex, your page is awesome really helped me a lot just a single confusion which processor should I choose between ryzen 5 3600 and ryzen 7 2700x for 3ds max, 2700x has more core count and ryzen 5 3600 is new??



I’m building a a Cinema 4D machine with this list with the exception of going with Ryzen 3900X processor. Can I get by with the Wraith Prism LED Cooler the processor comes with or do I need Dark Rock cooler.. I don’t intend to be over clocking. Also should I really be stretching to the 3950X?

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Db1Fb0c0lib

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5GHz 16-Core Processor ($749.00)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 AM4 ($89.90)
Motherboard: MSI MPG x570 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 ($165.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X Trio ($749.99)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 CL16 ($262.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($168.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($109.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98)
Total: $2386.83



hello, why I can’t open my cinema 4d after installing octane render on my pc? but when I delete the octane plugin, it works. Does octane not compatible with my VGA? or what? and what should I change to make the octane work on my pc with a $500-600 budget?

Can I change my VGA to ‘MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X’ or ‘MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Gaming Z’ with my pc build?

here’s my pc build:

SSD: SSD Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M2 500GB
Motherboard: ASROCK B450M Steel Legend (Socket AM4)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor
VGA : AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
RAM: Gskill Ripjaws V DDR4 PC25600 16GB 2x8GB
PSU : – (none)
Case: Sades Ultron Mid Tower PC Case

thankyou for your help and response.


I built this PC but can’t get it to connect to the internet. Nor can I get both my monitors to work. Please help. :'(

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Br1xhdhcjke

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($238.89)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Spire Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite ATX AM4 ($184.99)
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1660TI 6GB – Gigabyte Windforce ($259.99)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($72.99)
Storage SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($146.43)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($109.99)
Storage HDD: Western Digital 4TB Blue, 3.5″ ($84.96)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($114.58)
Total: $1277.81

Frederik van der Merwe


I am my final year CGI student. I do most modeling and little rendering. what would you suggest a desktop or a laptop

Hey Frederik,

Thanks for dropping a line!

When choosing between a desktop or a laptop, you want to ask yourself what’s more important for you. Do you want something that will allow you to upgrade parts or components from time to time? Or do you want a workstation you can carry anywhere? If it’s the former, you want a desktop computer so you can swap out parts anytime. If it’s the latter and you want something you can carry around to wherever you feel like working, then a laptop is your best bet.

If I may ask, are you planning on building a desktop or purchasing a laptop? How much are you planning on spending?


Ria McMasters

I am basically new to self-builds. I do not need an extremely powerful computer, but I want one that I can do my everyday run of the mill work on, as well as some gaming. I don’t have a huge budget, although I can spread buying everything out over a few months to increase it some. What would your recommendations be for a build?

William Chandra

Hi Alex,
At first I want to say my most thankful to you to maintain this kind of community and you effort to keep maintaining it.

I have budget for around 2k $ for CPU Rendering. can you look for this build and any issue for it?
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8GHz 12-Core Processor
Cooler master hyper 212 led
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite ATX AM4
NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB – MSI Gaming z
gskill f4-3200c16d-32gtzn
Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive
cooler master mwe 650w 80+ gold full modular
Cooler Master MasterBox MB500

monitor LG 24mk600m

I tried to use your recomendation from PC build tools, but the most of the item not really available in my area so i need to adjust it.

Thank you so much man!

Hey William,

Thanks for asking!

You put together a great build for CPU rendering! You might want to upgrade your cpu cooler to a beQuiet Dark Rock PRO 4 AM4, for best performance. It does cost slightly more but your cpu will boost longer under load.

Other than that, great build, go for it! 🙂



Hi Alex!
I’m building A PC for video editing (max res 4k), budget around 1700$. This is how it’s looking:

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor
MSI MPG x570 Gaming Pro Carbon Wifi ATX AM4
32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 CL16
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive
Seagate BarraCuda Compute 4TB, 3.5″

The case recommended (Fractal Design Define XL R2) isn’t available where i’m buying so i’m going for the Corsair Carbide 275Q. Any issues with that?

If you have any other recomendations i would appreciate. First time building a PC.

Thanks in advance!

Hi Helio,

Thanks for dropping a line!

The components you chose for your video editing build all look good. No issues with any of these whatsoever!

As for the case, the Corsair Carbide 275Q is a good alternative to the Fractal Design Define XL R2. The Carbide 275Q supports an ATX motherboard so you won’t have any issues with this particular case. In addition to that, this case has several drive trays for your SSDs and HDDs in case you plan on adding more storage in the future.



Hi, great thread! I am going to building an animation / ML box, based on your recommended animation specs. Only difference is that I am looking at 2 RTX 2080 TI’s, possibly running synced. As such, the reviews all make sense. My only question is the mid-tower case vs full tower with extra fan support for the heat from two GPU cards. Any thoughts? Thanks for a great article!

Hey Chris,

Thanks for asking!

If you plan on having two (2) RTX 2080 Tis on your build, it makes more sense to go for a full tower case with extra fan support. I’m sure a couple of mid-tower cases are also able to accommodate a dual-GPU setup but depending on how big your mid-tower case is, things could get a little cramped inside and raise the temperatures inside your build. As such, a full tower case for the extra space for air to move around the case will definitely help given the heat generated by your components plus the extra heat coming your additional GPU.



Any recommendations for full tower cases with great airflow?

Dane Cory


I just built this awesome pc with your incredibly helpful builder and was wondering if you could guide me in getting a different case that would hold everything properly. I’m not sure on how to go about that. I would like some flashier rgb type lighting in the case and just a cooler overall design than the one chosen. I found this link with a lot of awesome cases up my alley and if you could take a gander and let me know if any of these would NOT work, that would be supremely helpful. Thanks in advance!!


Hey Dane,

Thanks for asking!

Of all the cases in the link you shared, only the NZXT H200i will not work for your planned build as the H200i is for a mini-ITX build whereas your build is in an ATX form factor.

Now, if you want a case with a price point close to the Fractal Design Define XL R2 in your planned build, I suggest you go for the NZXT H710i or the Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic. In terms of RGB lighting, both the NZXT H710i and the Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic come with integrated RGB lighting. To add to a cooler overall design, you can opt to add RGB case fans for more lighting effects.

To get the best recommendations on the best case fans with RGB lighting, please check this article out: https://www.cgdirector.com/best-case-fans/


Dane Cory

Thanks so much Alex for your response. This is very overwhelming as it is my first time building a pc! You make it look like so much fun and it saves so much money I just have to do it. So many questions. I don’t know anything about pc parts. I’ve always used prebuilt machines. I use cinema 4d and octane and your builder was super helpful. Now I just have to figure out how to build it once I get all the Parts. I found your link for how to build it once I’m ready. I’ll be back with more questions in the spring. It’s a graduation present for me but I can’t get it until may or June. Talk soon!!! And I’ll be sure to send pics of the completed project once it’s done!

You are very welcome, Dane – happy to help! And congratulations on your graduation!

You are right – building a PC looks overwhelming at first but as you get into the groove of things, it’s actually a lot of fun! Feel free to check https://www.cgdirector.com/how-to-build-a-pc/ for steps on how to build your PC and please get back to us with pics of your completed build once your done. Good luck!


Dane Cory

Will do Alex thanks a lot ✌️