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

CG Director Author Alex Glawion  by Alex Glawion   ⋮   ⋮   1,042 comments
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PC-Builder: Find The Best Parts For Your PC & Workstation



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.

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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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Freshy

Hello Alex,

I have made a list of pc parts which I’ve constructed from this websites recommendation and from pcpartpicker.com:
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BXWhb8

This is the first time I’m buying and building a PC and it will be mainly used for digital drawing, 3d modelling, rendering and animating in blender and other similar programmes.

I’d be very happy if you could give me your opinion or any suggestions. And if you could help me check the compatibility too, I’d be very thankful.

Thanks in advance,
Freshy

Alvin J Perez

Hey Alex,

Thank you so much for the article and the build recommendations. I have a quick question, for the build https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Aq1vj0g0ida (Straight Power 11 1000W ATX 2.4 Power Supply) the power supply seems not to be in stock, is there another power supply that you would recommend to support this build. Thank you again in advance.

Andera

Heey,I’m Andera, I wanted to build a gaming PC that would stand the test of time,my budget is between $2000 -$3000,,,please help me choose the parts thank you

Joy kevin

Hi
I use blender 3d and I am trying to make a build for 800$ mainly focused on cup rendering
Can give me the best possible configuration

Nathan

Hi
Im trying to build a gaming pc for around 500-600 dollars that will run decently well at decent frame rate and sub par storage please
I was just wondering where I should start

Jojo

Hey Alex,

I have been searching for recommendations for a video editing computer and I am overwhelmed with information. I am in creative advertising and would like to video edit (4K) on premier pro or final cut, photoshop, illustrator, and InDesign. And some casual gaming as well. I want to be able to upgrade the PC down the road as well. My budget would be 2000 CAD, would you be able to recommend a build that wont cost me an arm and a leg 🙁 ?

Thank you so much!

Wolf

And I was wondering also, the ram is 3600, but the CPU can handle up to 3200. Is 3600 still better, because the motherboard can handle 3600? Or is 3200 the same deal than since there is a bottleneck.

Angelo

Hey Alex
Really helpful Blog but I got a few questions.
I’m studying architecture and I’ll be doing a lot of modeling, rendering and working with Cad and some Adobe programs like Photoshop or Illustrator. In my next semester I have to work with a 3d model of a city, so I’ll need a laptop that doesn’t have problems with that and won’t crash on me whole working with that file. Probably at least 16gb of ram, HDD and a good gpu etc. (I don’t really know what I really need)
I was thinking about the MSI GF63 10SCSR-206 Thin do you think that will work or would you recommend something else? I’d really like to see what you would recommend me.
Also I can wait like 1-2 months before I have to buy the laptop, do you think something will change in the market and I should wait until I buy?
Btw I can spend 1300 euros. Thank you in advance.

Hey Angelo,

Thanks for dropping a line!

The MSI GF63 10SCSR-206 Thin is actually a good option but if you want to max out your budget, you might as well go for the Acer Nitro 5 AN517 priced at around €1,299.00. Below are the specs of the laptop:

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
Memory(RAM) 16GB DDR4-2666
SSD 256GB Solid State Drive
HDD 1TB HDD
Weight 3.0 kg
Display 17.3″, 1920×1080

The Acer Nitro 5 AN517 may have a slightly older i7-9750H CPU but it more than makes up for it by coming with 2 storage options: a 256GB SSD for your OS and commonly-used programs and a 1TB HDD for your other files. Not only that, it comes with a GTX 1660 graphics card which is slightly better than the GTX 1650 found in the MSI GF63 10SCSR-206 Thin. Lastly, the Acer Nitro 5 AN517 boasts of a bigger screen real estate with its 17.3” display. All in all, I think the Acer Nitro 5 AN517 is the better option here despite its slightly older CPU but I don’t think that will be a significant game changer, so to speak.

Cheers,
Alex

Angelo

Thanks for the reply,
I saw that laptop too but many people were saying that it has problems with the keyboard. They were saying that the keys would get stuck or after some time or don’t work at all. Do you know this problem?

Ed Essex

Hi Alex

Thanks for this super useful articles /website

I’ve been working with Cinema 4d as a side hobby for a while but I use a slow old mac and am wanting to speed things up and start using it more seriously, I would possibly be using after effects also.

I am keen to learn redshift and octane and don’t mind investing now in something for future, though I was thinking to keep costs low initially I like the sounds of getting one 2080ti card and buying 2 more in future as I progress.

Do you think this a reasonable strategy? And would the spec below support this, if I build the below now and add the cards later? Many thanks

Ed

CPU

AMD Threadripper 1900X 3.8GHz 8-Core Processor

CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-U14S TR4

Motherboard

Gigabyte X399 Designare EX ATX TR4

Graphics Card #1: NVIDIA RTX 2080TI 11GB – Asus Turbo

Graphics Card #2: Save for a later date

Graphics Card #3: Save for a later date

Memory (RAM)

64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16

Storage SSD

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive

Power Supply

EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 G2 80+ GOLD 1600W

Case

Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Big Tower Case

Marc

Hey Alex,
very helpful page but I got one question. I am studying architecture and I will need to do much 3d Cad work but also do modeling and rendering buildings or small parts of a city. So I couldn’t really decide which category I had to choose. Which notebook would you recommend? My budget is under 900 euros. I’d really appreciate your help
Thanks and best wishes