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My friend wants to build a new machine mostly for 3D rendering and related tasks. I am not up to speed on such things so I come to you with questions.

He lists his priorities as:
1. Fast sculpting & painting in Zbrush
2. Fast global illumination ray tracing using quasi-monte carlo in cinema 4D
3. Animation in Maya

I know a little bit about rendering, and it sounds to me like he explained those very strangely. Basically, he uses Zbrush, Cinema 4D, and Maya and would like to see good performance out of those programs.

His price ceiling is $2000. I think he is going to have to spend more money to get the kinds of speed he wants, but let's please try to keep this within his budget.

He also wants to put this machine in his rack-mount desk, if anyone has a recommendation for a case? I've never built anything rack-mount before, can anyone think of a reason that would be a bad idea?

Anyway, I need help settling on: A Motherboard, a CPU, RAM, a GPU, and a Power Supply.

The way I see it, going the Intel route is going to be faster than AMD but probably out of his price range if we are talking about hex cores.

The system I'm thinking of for him is something like:
MB: AMD 990FX AM3
CPU: AMD 1100T
RAM: G.Skill 1333 7-7-7-21 (4x4GB)
GPU: ATI 6870 1GB

Can anyone with more knowledge of working in 3D programs think of something better? The $2000 price cap is non negotiable.
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TL;DR
Need system for 3D modeling (Zbrush, Cinema 4D, Maya).
$2000 absolute max.
Thinking about AM3 990FX MoBo, AMD 1100T, 16 Gigs of DDR3 1333, and a Radeon 6870.
Pants on head retarded or about the best we are going to build?
I know nothing about 3D programs.
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I would replace the 1100T with a i5 2500K ! , and the other is fine smile.gif !
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CPU: i7 2600k
MB: ASUS P8Z67 Pro
RAM: what you have is fine
PSU: Corsair HX 750
GPU: I would suggest getting a workstation gpu because they use different math then consumer gpus, which is used for stuff like maya. So something like this would be good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133324
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2k worstation speed demon
pro2k.jpg
i7
SSD Boot drive
1TB storage
16GB RAM
Quadro 4000

subtotal $1797.91
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post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redwoodz;14590361 
2k worstation speed demon
pro2k.jpg
i7
SSD Boot drive
1TB storage
16GB RAM
Quadro 4000

subtotal $1797.91

+1. A workstation card works many MANY wonders for 3D modelling. Not for gaming, but for rendering. If you do not want a workstation card, Go for Intel + Nvidia, better CPU performance + Cuda can never go wrong.
Edited by HiIamAnI7 - 8/15/11 at 9:17am
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Like the other said get a real 3d modeling gpu. Either ati Firepro or nvidia quadro
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post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Winty;14590128 
CPU: i7 2600k
MB: ASUS P8Z67 Pro
RAM: what you have is fine
PSU: Corsair HX 750
GPU: I would suggest getting a workstation gpu because they use different math then consumer gpus, which is used for stuff like maya. So something like this would be good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133324

Thank you. I really don't think the workstation card will be necessary. Can anyone explain to me the real benefit he would see with a workstation card in the programs he uses? The way I understand it, all the final rendering takes place on the CPU and the GPU is just used for the "working" image while you're actually sculpting the model. Can't you just flash the bios of a consumer card and use the pro drivers to make it exactly the same?

Sorry for the sloppy response, just woke up.
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post #9 of 11
I would tell him to wait for Bulldozer since it is a 8-core Monster.
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post #10 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er;14590475 
I would tell him to wait for Bulldozer since it is a 8-core Monster.

Judging by most benchmarks I've seen, I think the 2600k would be as fast if not fast still.
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