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Post Date: 2019-05-01

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    Posted: 01 May 2019 at 11:48pm
Hello everyone,,
Budget:
I'm willing to spend extra for lack of headaches. Max budget around $3600.

Expectations:
Fast rendering, being able to open several programs simultaneously (see below) without significant slow-down.

Usage:
Primarily for 3D work - modeling in Zbrush, texturing in Mari, Rendering using Maya, comping in NUKE. Also asset creation using Allegorithmic's suite of programs (Substance Painter, designer), real-time rendering in Marmoset, Unreal etc.

Gaming is not a priority, just a nice bonus. Previous GPU was a 1070 GTX which was good for real-time work.   

Special Needs:
Good amount of storage space as these files can be pretty huge.

Saved Ticket #: 2158268

Specifications:
Chassis
Chassis Model: Digital Storm Slade PRO

Core Components
Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K (5.0 GHz Turbo) (16-Thread) (8-Core) 3.6 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-P (Intel Z390 Chipset) (Up to 2x PCI-E Devices) (No SLI Support)
System Memory: 64GB DDR4 3200MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
Power Supply: 750W Corsair RM750x (Fully Modular)

Storage / Connectivity
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (250GB Samsung 970 EVO) (NVM Express)
Storage Set 2: 1x SSD (1TB Samsung 860 EVO)
Internet Access: Wireless PCI-E ASUS PCE-AC56 (Supports 802.11ac)

Graphics / Multimedia
Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 2070 8GB (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio

Digital Storm Engineering
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance)
Cable Management: Premium Cable Management (Strategically Routed & Organized for Airflow)
Chassis Fans: Standard Factory Chassis Fans

Digital Storm TwisterBoost Technology
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.7GHz on All CPU Cores

Appreciate any advice here.
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 May 2019 at 3:19am
Welcome to the Forum Macgomes!

You have the best multi core cpu in the i9-9900X for graphic work and a solid mid range GPU in the RTX 2070 that will as you said also be able to game well too..    Your M.2 NVME Drive 1 is pretty minimal, as we usually advise at least 500 gb.   Going with a better motherboard would get you on board WiFi instead of the add on WiFi card solution.

For a guy working in graphic arts, I thought I would put a little stronger build together for you in the better cooling Lumos (Corsair Crystal 570X) case ...but from this build you can switch to any case you prefer including the very plain Slade (Antec) case
(-$67).    Same excellent i9-9900X 8 core 16 thread cpu, but a better 240mm Corsair AIO cooler with a longer warranty, a Stage 2 OC on the cpu for the best cpu performance possible, better Z390 MSI motherboard but with on board WiFi, larger fast Samsung 500 TB M.2 NVME boot Drive 1, taking advantage of the 2nd M.2 slot with a better faster 2 TB Samsung M.2 NVME storage Drive 2, better quality Corsair LL Series fans, better Corsair 850w PSU with longer warranty, and the same excellent RTX 2070 GPU.    For just a little more $; you emphasize performance in the areas that will help most with CAD, Rendering, and Video Encoding...faster multi core CPU, same 32 GB RAM quantity, and more of the faster M.2 NVME memory.....see what you think.   The RGB lighting can be personalized, or turned off.

DS Lumos Config # 2373579.....$3,930.



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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 May 2019 at 6:26am
No doubt an oversight, but HockeyBuck has dropped you to 32GB of Ram, which I think is a central feature for your build.

I've put that back, and paid a bit more attention to your stated budget. I've pretty much gone with HB's fine reasoning, but my emphasis is on savings derived from you purchasing your own storage elsewhere. For example, If all your preferred software and your OS and maintenance apps will fit comfortably in 240 GB, there's no need to spend $112 more for a larger NVMe primary drive. Leaving out any other storage allows you complete flexibility to select what suits you best currently, with an eye toward staying in budget.

Adding SSD's or HDD's on your own is one of the simplest upgrades there is, and being able to do that would currently get you that 2TB 860 EVO for $300. A 1TB would run you half that.

My build is config# 2373681 @$3,379. The only departures, I think, are the increase in RAM, dropping the storage, and leaving the stage 2 overclock to your discretion. I don't object to that, I just don't know if you want to spend $99 on it.

Certainly, if you are not comfortable procuring and installing your choice of storage, my proposal fails, but then you are faced with how you are going to get back that 32 GB of RAM anywhere near budget.

Hope it helps.
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 May 2019 at 1:21pm
Wow I did miss the 64 gb RAM...thanks for trying to cover my omission Cretae!
His less expensive build would certainly work well .

Yup if we put that extra 32 gb RAM back for 64 gb RAM and stay close to your budget, the 2nd M.2 storage drive would have to go until you can install that easy upgrade yourself....and I swapped it for a 2 TB HD for plenty of storage but that should be the only alteration.

Still a stronger cpu centric build for your professional 3D graphic and cad/rendering benefit that also looks sharp, would game great and comes in pretty close to your budget. Add that 2nd M.2

Lumos Config # 2373976.   $3,793

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