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:

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.

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.

 

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!

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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