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

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, 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.

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, 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.


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!



Hi Alex,

Giving up on my Macbook Pro and coming back to a PC. Not one to build out my own machine, but can find help from a friend to put it together. Work is primarily for C4D/Redshift and AE with some Premiere on occasion.

Budget is $2,000-ish

Can you please suggest a build list?




Hello Alex,
Thank you very much for your post. It was very helpful. I’m an interior designer and 3d artist and I’m looking for a very reliable laptop (due to the mobility it will be my primary work tool). I am mainly working in 3dsmax and corona. I also use AutoCad (rather simple cad drawings) and Photoshop. I need a very good modeling workflow and fast renderings in corona. I mainly model and render interiors, but sometimes also exteriors. My top choices are:

1. MSI P75 Creator 9SF-670ES Intel Core i9-9880H/ 64 GB (32GB x 2) DDR4 2666MHz/2TB SSD/GeForce® RTX 2070 MAX Q GDDR6 8GB/17.3″


2. Dell Precision 7740 -Intel Core i9-8950H (6 cores, 2.90-4.60GHz, 12MB cache) /64 GB (4 X 16 GB) 2666 MHZ DDR4 / 1TB SSD /NVIDIA Quadro P3200 6 GB GDDR5

to my understanding Dell’s GPU Quadro P3200 is inferior to MSI RTX 2070, choosing NVIDIA QUADRO P4200 8GB GDDR5 in Dell configuration is also an option. Both laptops are above my budget but I’m willing to pay more if it will significantly improve the workflow. Do you think that 64 gb of ram is necessary or 32 gb is enough ?

I’m also considering Gigabyte Aero 15 X9-9RT4K5MP, Core i9-8950HK, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce RTX 2070 recommended by PC-builder , do you think it is far superior to the options listed above ?

Thank you very much for your help


I just got an update of the dell specifications from the provider, it would be

2. Dell Precision 7740 -Intel® CoreTM i9-9880H (8 cores, 16 MB cache, 2,30 GHz, 4,80 GHz Turbo, 45 W),) /64 GB (4 X 16 GB) 2666 MHZ DDR4 / 1TB SSD /NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 6 GB memory GDDR6


Hi, thanks for your great website and all the support.
I have some problems with building a pc for Unreal engine 4, 3dsmax,maya,zbrush substance painter and designer, softwares mainly are useful for game development. My budget is not so high i have around $700.
What kind of parts you suggest for this budget?


Hi Alex,
Thanks again! I ordered everything from your motion design build recommendation (see below). And used your links, so hopefully you got that commission!

And I ran also ran the Puget Systems Benchmark AE benchmark ( https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Puget-Systems-Adobe-After-Effects-CC-Benchmark-1287/) and I’m a bit surprised with the performance, since I was expecting to get something closer to their “Intel Core i9 9900K 8 Core, 128GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB” build, since it’s pretty close to your recommended system, except it has 2X the RAM.

But here is how it compares.

Puget Systems Build vs. CGDIRECTOR Build
Overall: 990 739
Render: 98.7 80.9
Preview: 99.3 77.1
Tracking: 100.2 63.7

I’m wondering if you have any insights on why there is such a gap in performance. I expected their tests to perform better with their machines, but the gap is larger than expected. Any tips?

Motion Design Build: (https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=re1jfdi0efb)

Parts List:
CPU: Intel i9 9900k 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($529.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151 ($89.90)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151 ($181.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080TI 11GB – Asus Turbo ($1189.91)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($329.99)
Storage SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($139.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($229.99)
Power Supply: Corsair HX Series Platinum HX850 850W Power Supply ($169.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.50)

Generated by CG Director PC Builder on 21/8/2019 @ 12:31:47


Hi guys, great info! Thanks a lot!
i was wondering about this one:
Your Custom PC Build: (https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=cn1Bflfeaff)

Parts List:
CPU: AMD Threadripper 2950X 3.5GHz 16-Core Processor ($659.79)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S TR4 ($79.90)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X399 Designare EX ATX TR4 ($389.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB – MSI Gaming ($454.99)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($329.99)
Storage SSD: Samsung 860 QVO 4TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($469.98)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 PRO 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($332.99)
Storage HDD: Seagate IronWolf 8TB, 3.5″ ($219.99)
Power Supply: Corsair HX Series Platinum HX850 850W Power Supply ($169.99)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Big Tower Case ($172.19)

Total: $3279.80

Generated by CG Director PC Builder on 21/8/2019 @ 14:50:32

2 question:

1. isnt “AMD Threadripper 2950X 3.5GHz 16-Core Processor” support max memory speed DDR4 – 3000 ? so is there any benefits with buying DDR4 – 3200 memory?

2. what about NVIDIA RTX SUPER series? is that recommend for a video editing? was thinking about getting 2070/2080 super but not sure if its gonna be any better than what you recommend.

thanks again,


Hey, Alex,
I worked mostly with Corona Renderer,
Preferred to use CPU with no need GPU at all, and as much RAM as possible. Correct me, if you think opposite.
So, what configuration could you recommend in $1500-$1750 budget?
Appreciated in advance!

Samrat kundu

Hello sir.. I’m planning to build my first pc for music production mainly and some months later I’ll start to learn Video editing also!
Well for the cpu I’ve selected i7 8700… Bt some peoples telling me about the Ryzen 5 3600.. I’ve already bought Corsair Vengeance Lpx 3000mhz c16 8gbx2 Ram..
So which one should I go with.. For more future proof and longer run..
And please suggest the motherboard also I’m confused!
Thanks in Advance!


Hey man !
First of all thanks for this website and all the support you are offering to us.
I’ve been learning a lot.

Here is my question :

I have a budget around 3700$
Main purpose : Octane + C4D & Houdini
Objective : Be as evolutive as posible

I have been simulating different scenarios from the builder (an amazing tool btw).
Sadly the american prices announced in the builder does not match with those ont the european market.

For example :
In USA i9 9900k = 479$ (431€)
In Europe i9 9900k = 485€ (538$)

I tried to balance prices/performance in this build but I would like to have your opinion on it.

ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti TURBO-RTX2080TI-11G – 1 299,00 €
Ballistix Sport AT 64GB Kit (4 x 16GB) DDR4-2666 UDIMM – 301,00 €
Gigabyte X399 DESIGNARE EX – 398,00 €
Intel Core i9-9900K CPU – 485 €
Cooler DARK ROCK PRO 41 – 76 €
Power supply Corsair AX1600i – 347 €
Samsung 860 EVO SSD – 89 €
Intenso HDD 5TB 3,5 SATA III – 151 €
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl – 139 €

total 3285€ – 3 644,53$

Thanks for your help


Is there a cheaper alternative for an all-black case? Also, what is the difference between the processor and the CPU? Why does it recommend I get both and why is one far more expensive?


Hi Alex,

I’d like to start by thanking you for putting together such a comprehensive resource for those of us looking to upgrade our hardware!

I’m an interaction designer by trade with a background in graphic design and I’ve been dabbling in 3D (Cinema 4D) and Trapcode in After Affects for some time. Unfortunately, my current MacBook pro (2018) and the one I had before that (2013) have struggled with Cinema 4D and especially Trapcode Particular.

Doing a little digging led me to your site and this treasure trove of information. I’m about ready to purchase the parts to build my workstation but before commit, I have a few questions I was hoping you could help me out with. I’m looking to build a balanced Cinema 4D modeling/GPU render build with a budget of around 2800-3k. I’ve played around with the PC builder tool (it’s awesome) but considering this is a pretty major purchase for me, I’d love to hear your perspective. If I have to go over my budget a bit if it’s a major upgrade, I’m sure I can get the CFO (my wife) to agree.

Anyways, as soon as I see a response, I’m heading to Amazon to buy my new workstation!

Thanks again!!!