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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 exists to help anyone generate a build that will fit within their budget and work well for their workload.

It’s taken a LOT of work, and we thank our readers’ fantastic feedback for making this possible.

We’ve been working hard at improving the PC Builder to cover more types of hardware, take more compatibility issues into account, consider case and RAM clearances, and a lot more. However, it’s still a work in progress, and we’d love feedback from everyone to make it even better!

What’s Changed

Here are some of the improvements/changes we’ve made recently:

  • Added Ryzen 5xxx Series CPU and Nvidia 3xxx Series GPUs (Beware of out of stock or price-inflated items)
  • Improved the motherboard recommendation engine, depending on your workload. It should now suggest more balanced parts at most budgets.
  • Improved cross-compatibility checks between PC Cases, CPU Coolers, RAM clearances, and GPU length clearances.
  • Added option for users to go for a specific brand of CPU/GPU in their generated build (please only use this option if you are sure about what sort of hardware works best for your workloads).
  • Added additional price points for build generation, covering everything from ultra-budget builds to high-end workstation builds.
  • Cases now take into account the number of double-width GPUs it can accommodate and switch to a more appropriate choice.
  • Added more memory kit options to make sure every performance category is covered.
  • Added additional CPU Air and AIO Coolers after accounting for the cooling performance needed for most AMD and Intel processors.
  • Added a feature that accounts for AMD stock coolers as a cost-cutting measure to upgrade other build parts within your set budget, if possible.

Addressing Gaming Builds

We’ve wanted to add this feature, but will be delaying it to the next major update of the PC Builder. There are certain complexities involved in gaming that make the generated build less-than-ideal.

However, if you do need a gaming build, please generate one using the Video Editing workload and ask us about any required changes to it on our forum thread – here.

How Does the PC-Builder Know What Parts to Recommend?

Benchmarks, budget, and availability form the foundations of every recommended build. Not only does it take into account benchmark scores for various applications, but it also keeps tabs on pricing and availability.

Each core component has been put through benchmarks to create performance tables for each type of task. A few examples of benchmark tools and software are – Cinebench R20 and R15, GeekBench, Octane, Redshift, Vray, our Viewport Benchmarks, Video Editing, Motion Design, Photo Editing Benchmarks and much more. We’re continually adding benches to our testing so we can fine-tune the PC builder recommendations even further.

If you have suggestions about any additional workloads you’d like to see, please post a reply on our forum thread or ‘like’ a response that has mentioned your workload already. We’d love to know more about what sorts of workloads you’d like to see added to the PC Builder in the future.

Missing Specific Parts / Brands?

We have included as many mainstream brands as we can on the PC Builder, and have managed to expand our already-extensive database of products and recommendations.

Although we have also been trying to add as many laptops as possible to the PC Builder, we’ve encountered a few issues that make it a tricky undertaking. We’re working on a solution that will let us add more laptop options across a broader budget soon. In the meanwhile, any laptop currently recommended will work well for your selected workload within your chosen budget. If you have a question about a specific laptop model in your region, do come by our forum to ask us about it!

To make things more convenient, we’ve added more options to the PC builder with more arriving soon! You can now pick your brand of GPU/CPU if you’re VERY SURE that your workload requires a specific choice. However, we’d still recommend going with auto and letting the builder do its thing.

Why is there a Maximum and Minimum Limit on Budgets

In specific workloads, investing above or below a particular budget isn’t ideal and might turn out to be counterproductive. We’ve based this decision based on years of experience with computer hardware, these workloads, as well as from poring over benchmark data.

Nonetheless, we have expanded the budget options available thanks to the availability of some very viable parts at lower price points. However, these aren’t always ideal, and you’re still more likely to find better value at and above the $1000 budget for most kinds of workloads.

Do You Have to Worry About Compatibility?

Ideally, no. We’ve taken great care to make sure that every suggested hardware combination is compatible with each other. From RAM clearance for your CPU cooler or graphics card clearance for your case to even the number of available expansion slots in a case recommended for a multi-GPU rendering setup, the PC Builder has you covered.

That said, it is still a work in progress, and we’re hard at work trying to make it perfect. Although we’ve done all we can to make sure there are no compatibility issues between suggested parts, bugs do creep in at times. If you’re not sure about a build, do drop by the CGDirector Forum and as us about it. We’ll look it over for you.

Help Us Make the PC Builder Better!

First and foremost, use the PC Builder as much as possible. Generate builds for your workloads, make sure they’re directing you to store pages that have an active listing. 

  • Please do let us know if you see any glaring compatibility issues in any generated build. We’ve tried to be as thorough as possible, but bugs might still slip past unnoticed.
  • Please let us know if any displayed Amazon listing directs you to a used parts listing. We’re still working on squashing this bug.

Hardware availability issues and subsequent price gouging by sellers on Amazon (US) has resulted in some unfortunate builds being generated at specific price points. Please post your generated build on our dedicated PC Builder Beta forum thread if you’re not sure about the parts, and we’ll respond to tweak your build recommendations. 

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 or in our Forum.

Find a new friend on the CGDirector Forum! Expert Advice & PC-Build Planning with a warm and friendly Community! :)

Alex Glawion - 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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Emmanuel

Hey i was wondering is this all the parts i need to build the whole pc like will this all fit on the motherboard? and if this pc would be good for gaming?

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=6MhE5

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($429.85)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 ($69.90)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX ATX AM4 ($114.99)
GPU: AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB XFX ($339.00)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 C16 ($102.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($104.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX450M 450W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($59.99)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($123.99)
Total: $1345.70

Dennis

Hi Alex,
Can you help me with my PC?
I use the PC-builder.
i have changed a few things, because of the availability here in Germany

but I’m not entirely sure about the motherboard.

Motherboard: MSI X570 Tomahawk ATX AM4 or MSI MEG X570 Unify

Processor: Amd Ryzen 9 5950x
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
Motherboard: MSI X570 Tomahawk ATX AM4
Ram: 32GB (2×16) G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 C16

– later + 32GB (2×16)

SSD: 1000GB Samsung 980 Pro
GPU: RTX 3070
Power Supply: 750 Watt be quiet! Straight Power 11 Modular 80+ Gold

Total: $3000-3300

Anri

Hello Alex. Can you help me with Building my PC for the very first time? The main purpose: Cinema4D and After Effects. Ryzen only. The budget is $1,500. Thank you in advance

Beksultan

Hey Alex! A huge thank you! Joined to this community from Central Asia! I appreciate your time.

I read many your Guides and comments. One moment is that the prices in country where I live now is more expensive.

Can you please help me with building my PC with the main purpose for After Effects (2D animation, in future will add 3D)?

Now my list looks like:

1. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
2. Cooler Master Hyper 212 Spectrum Rainbow RGB 120 mm
3. Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming II
4. Adata XPG SX6000 Pro 256GB 2100MB/1500MBs NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
5. Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB(2x8GB) 3000MHz DDR4 Ram
6. Rampage RMP-650-80PB 650W 14cm Siyah Fan 80 Plus Bronze Aktif PFC Power Supply
7. Carbide Series 175R RGB Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case — Black

QUESTIONS:

1. Will be enouph 2gb or 4gb Graphic Card to After Effects (Vector animation) and which card you can suggest?

2. Are there any issues with compability? Would you change something from the list?

3. What is the next step to upgrade my PC?

Thanks.

Adrian

Hi Alex,
I have never built a PC computer before.
I looking to build a computer that can handle my Day Trading data and charts. I’m told that a computer that the gamers build will be plenty plus.
Budget is around $1000.00

What can I build for this budget?
I don’t mind waiting for the parts to be delivered.

If you could please, recommend the parts I need.

Thanking you in advance.