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Post Date: 2019-11-21

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  Quote snowflake Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: Is this over the top for a student?
    Posted: 21 Nov 2019 at 11:21pm
[Depends on what specs I would need. I don't want to go over the top with the specs though (which I might have already done with this config?), I'm still a student.]

[High Productivity]

[3Ds MAX, Photoshop, aCAD, VR games, Maya, Zbrush, Revit...]

Special Needs:
[Probably will not be doing real-time rendering, but would be good if the PC is ok at it]

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Chassis Model: Digital Storm Bolt PRO
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Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K (5.0 GHz Turbo) (16-Thread) (8-Core) 3.6 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming (Wi-Fi) (Intel Z390 Chipset) (Mini-ITX) (Up to 1x PCI-E Device)
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Nov 2019 at 6:26am
With all those productivity jobs to do a gaming proc might not be the optimal choice, but anything with more cores would change your case and increase your budget.

You might consider the new 9900KS for a little extra, and consider the level 2 overclock for either proc.

You should go for the Corsair Vengeance RAM at least for a mere $11 and a Lifetime warranty!

You really don't want the 860 PRO when for $52 less you can have the much faster 1TB 970 EVO PLUS NVMe. Up to 5x faster using the PCIe bus rather than SATA.

IMO, the GPU selection will be helpful for your productivity needs.

As far as specs go, these changes will help you. If it's money you're concerned about, get a better air-cooled case and lose the custom cooling. It's of great benefit in the Bolt case, but not needed so much in the others.
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  Quote snowflake Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Nov 2019 at 2:15pm
Thank you very much.
Seems like I have to go for a workstation GPU. With the start of the next semester, I probably won't have much time to play anyway.
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Nov 2019 at 4:40pm
I don't think it's over the top for what use you described.
You do not need to use the workstation builds to configure a solid Z390 rig...I would suggest NOT using a small form factor Bolt X case for this build.   Temps are just challenging to stay ahead of in the extremely small case with only a couple case fans possible, and the Micro-ITX size motherboard required isn't full featured.   

Use the normal ATX sized larger better airflow Lumos (Corsair Crystal 570X case) or bigger DS Velox case for your Z390 build.
Full sized full featured motherboards, roomy to work on.

The Intel I9-9900K 8-core/16-thread processor is an excellent choice for the productivity and photo & rendering work you described and for great gaming, and there is now an I9-9900KS version available that is clocked a little higher.      
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  Quote pippors Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Jul 2020 at 11:43pm
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  Quote Acetylide Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Jul 2020 at 4:22pm
To be honest, I think you would be better off either contacting Digital Storm directly or asking in one of the forums on the websites related to the 3D software you're using. I presented a similar question here a while back and nobody seemed to know.
I do know that if you plan on doing any kind of rendering in Iray, an Nvidia card with sufficient VRAM is necessary. I use Daz3D software and for Iray renders, its recommended to have twice(or greater) the system RAM as you have VRAM total that will be utilized in rendering. So if you have something like a 2080Ti with 11Gb VRAM, you'll want to have 22Gb or greater available for it.
So for Iray, its going to be VRAM, CUDA Cores, and System RAM that are going to be your most important.
For anything else, I would say CPU cores and System RAM, in which case you might want to consider going with a Ryzen instead of Intel depending on how many cores you'll be expecting to need for your tasks.

For the "high productivity" that you're going to be doing, I wouldn't recommend a Z390 or Z490 system unless you know for sure its going to meet your current needs and have acceptable future-proofing/upgradeability. Depending on what you're rendering & which render engine(s) you're using, it can be very demanding and require a lot of resources to render in real-time.

Another thing I should mention is its probably not a good idea to "Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability" if you're Iray rendering, even if you have it watercooled. Rendering is a lot more demanding than gaming, and for the rendering performance boost you would be getting from the additional overclock, its not worth it in my opinion.
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