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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:

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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.

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!

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ntinos

Hello, here below is my configuration. It is for intensive scientific work (dual boot linux and windows). Any comments or suggestions? I have checked the QLV of the motherboard and all components are compatible. My budget is $1700-$1800

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB DUAL OC Video Card
Case: NZXT S340 Elite ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Monitor: Dell UP2716D 27.0″ 2560×1440 60 Hz Monitor

Thanks

Carlos

Hi Alex,
I’m looking to build a system for editing on Adobe Premiere and AE. Will be using 4K footage so I would like a 64GB RAM. Budget is around $2500. I see that you usually recommend 2 systems, one using a i9-9900K processor but at a max of 32GB RAM or an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8GHz 12-Core Processor with a board that supports 64GB RAM. Is there an option with the i9 and a board that supports 64GB? And if so, should I go that way or stay with the AMD option? Lastly, do you have an option for the fractal design case. Many times is not available and when it is, shipping is pretty expensive. Thanks for your help.
Best regards,
Carlos

Hi Carlos,

Thanks for asking!

I can actually configure a i9-9900K build for you with 64GB of RAM but I don’t tend to recommend an Intel build because it’s sort of a “dead-end” platform at the moment while a Ryzen build gives you more options in terms of upgrade path.

Please see below for a Ryzen build:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8GHz 12-Core Processor ($499.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 AM4 ($74.90)
Motherboard: MSI MPG x570 Gaming Pro Carbon Wifi ATX AM4 ($239.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X ($549.99)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($309.99)
Storage SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($229.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($199.99)
Storage HDD: Seagate BarraCuda Compute 8TB, 3.5″ ($139.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($117.99)
Case: Corsair 275R Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Gaming Case ($93.50)

Total: $2406.32

And in case you really want an Intel build, you can get something like the below:

CPU: Intel i9 9900k 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($489.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151 ($89.90)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151 ($179.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X ($549.99)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($309.99)
Storage SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($229.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($199.99)
Storage HDD: Seagate BarraCuda Compute 8TB, 3.5″ ($139.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($117.99)
Case: Corsair 275R Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Gaming Case ($93.50)

Total: $2401.32

Both builds I put together will cost you around $2,400 and some change but you with either a Ryzen 3900X or an i9-9900K with 64GB or RAM at your system, you can expect your workflow to be much faster and much smoother. You also get three separate storage options – one 2.5” SSD for your OS and other commonly used programs, a very fast 1TB NVMe SSD for the files you need to work on, and an 8TB HDD for your other files. Also, I totally took out the Fractal Design option for your case and instead replaced it with the Corsair 275R. Hopefully, that’s easier to come by in your area.

Cheers,
Alex

Sydas

Hello! I’m looking to do a $2500 (max) build for AE, C4D, Octane, and some video editing. Will also heavily use Figma/Adobe products so I tweaked this recommendation to have an i9 CPU instead of AMD due to single core performance. Would like to have a rad RGB colored case…. but not sure about having enough room to add a second GPU (in ~2 years if it’s needed) + fans. Any recommendations with fans / case would be great. Thinking about adding some more storage. as well…. Thanks!

CG Director.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=yc1Ggd00lif

PC Part Picker thus far: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/sydas/saved/pmHk6h

Zartoc

Well that is unfortunate. Under main purpose for build you do not have CAD applications. Fancy renderings are fun and all but I need to have an assembly full of thousands of parts some with accuracy of .01 mm not crash. Kind of pointless to have a fancy rendering of a car motorcycle etc if you can not make the underlying assembly with all its parts and the production drawings made from them.

Malte

Hey Alex,
thank you so much for your list and the pc builder. Its a super helpful tool.

In lots of machines for 3d/ gpu rendering I see some kind of EVGA Hybrid card. What makes them so popular with folks? And why do you recommend the a NVIDIA RTX 2080TI 11GB – Asus Turbo over for example a EVGA RTX 2080TI 11GB Hybrid card?

Cheers,
Malte

Kandy

Hello, I am working on building a pc for my daughter for xmas. She is a 3rd yr animation student. I utilized the build based on budget, but I have some questions. I want to swap the AMD Ryzen to the AMD Ryzen 9 3900 and thinking (price) of changing the the power supply to Cosair cx750 (https://www.bestbuy.com/site/corsair-cx-series-modular-cx750m-750w-80-plus-bronze-atx-power-supply-black/8324202.p?skuId=8324202)(modular). Or would you recommend Corsair CX Series 750 Watt (2017) 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply (CP-9020123-NA)

(https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Bronze-Certified-Non-Modular-CP-9020123-NA/dp/B01N9KIFWF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=CORSAIR+-+CX+Series+Modular+CX750M+750W+80+Plus+Bronze+ATX+Power+Supply+-+Black&qid=1575654317&s=electronics&sr=1-1)

For the CPU will upgrading that require any other changes? Also when changing to modular will I need to purchase wires separate for the components in this list or will they be included? (I know it sounds dumb but the non modular has wires attached so I want to make sure I can assemble it and get everything I need the 1st time around. This site is extremely helpful and I have learned a lot, excellent job.

Suggested build
CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Aq1Eg0c0jke

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($299.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite ATX AM4 ($199.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X ($549.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($159.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($149.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($74.99)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($105.38)
Total: $1540.32

Your time is greatly appreciated

Kandy

Hi Kandy,

Thanks for dropping a line and thank you for the kind words!

In case you push through with your plan of changing the CPU to the Ryzen 9 3900X, no other changes to your previously selected components will be needed.

As for the PSU, the choice between a modular and non-modular PSU is purely based on user preference. Your two 750W choices are pretty much similar except one’s modular and the other is not. If you go for the modular one, it already comes with the cables you need so you need not worry about this. If you choose the non-modular model, you just need to do a little bit more of cable management but ultimately, whatever cable you don’t need can neatly be tucked inside the PSU shroud of your case.

Cheers,
Alex

Brian

I’m looking to build a box for GPU rendering. Based on the benchmarks, it seems that 2070 is the best bang for your buck. Why do you recommend getting the multiple 2080 / single TI in the recommender versus 2 x 2070s?

sammy

hey,am a graphic designer,beginner but am confused between core i5 and core i7.which is better than the other? cos i hear there those core i5 that are better than i7. please clarify which one to use

Dylan Mills

This article helped me a lot with looking at a lot of options within different budgets! I was wanting a computer for semi heavy gaming (BO4, PUBG, etc.). How would this setup fit my needs? Any feedback would be appreciated!
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($369.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero ($359.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB – MSI Gaming ($382.88)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($159.99)
Storage SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 250GB ($69.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($74.99)
Case: NZXT H510 – ATX Mid-Tower ($69.95)

Dylan Mills

Edit: My budget is around 1500-2000 USD, and can you suggest any good articles that explain the exact numbers in CPUs and GPUs?

Mark

Hi there! I used the PC-Builder to purchase a new rig, details here:

AMD Ryzen 9 3900x 3.8GHz 12-Core Processor
be quiet! Dark Rock 4 AM4
MSI MPG x570 Gaming Plus ATX AM4
Nvidia RTX 2080 8GB – Asus Turbo
Nvidia RTX 2080 8GB – Asus Turbo
64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5” Solid State Drive
Corsair Rez Series Platinum RM850x 850W Power Supply
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Big Tower Case

I’m having trouble setting up both Nvidia RTX 2080 cards. NVIDIA documentation said to use a NV Link SLI Bridge, but I’m finding out the motherboard doesn’t support SLI. Any feedback is appreciated, this is all pretty new to me!