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Hi everyone, I´m not a very hardware savvy guy, and some friends at work suggested this website since they gotten some great hints from here in the past.



Intro (Boring Stuff)

My work is mostly doing 3D models for a architecture/construction company, and as part of a company policy change since we just go there and stand working and crowding the space, we can now work at home (for the most part) and only go to the office for major stuff.

Thing is my vaio laptop thinks he is a flamethrower and just heats like hell, even though it is quite recent and I´d say decently specced for a laptop, forcing me to work on the office´s rig which I have no idea what it is but I´ve litterally added a lot of surfaces sudivisions and multiresolutions to some renders and it performed smoothly.

Like most my co-workers I´m using part of my vacation bonus to build a decent pc to work at home, however I´m not too keen on spending the whole of it, since I´m thinking about saving a portion for the vacations.

I don´t do video games, so I just wanted it to perform well at the software I use on a daily basis, 3DS, Blender, Vray, Photoshop....




Build Opinion

I´m not sure how much I´m going to receive soo... I´m just trying to keep the cost down hence going to amd.


CPU:
AMD FX 8120 BE - 120 £

GPU:
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 2GB - 125 €
(not sure if this is a good gpu for rendering... I had my eye on one of the quadro ones but since their price is way too steep I´m sticking with a gaming gpu)

MOTHERBOARD:
No idea.... looking for a decent not expensive one

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB - 100 £

SSD:
SanDisk 128G 128GB SATA 6GB/s - 65 £

CPU COOLER:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - 25 £

PSU:
Corsair Builder Series CX 430 - 35 £

CASE:
Coolermaster Elite 334U Mid Tower ATX Case - 35 £


Final Opinion

I´m probably already a bit over the cost I wanted to go, but if it delivers a good performance I´d go with it, anyone has any ideia if it will run smoothly on big meshes and renders, or any suggestions/changes?


Many thanks and sorry for the long thread biggrin.gif
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2 big things when it comes to your hardware.

If you use any programs that can take advantage of Quick Sync: buy an Intel CPU. It's that good. Also, Intel recently open-sourced some code that was holding back adoption of Quick Sync, so it may become more commonly used in the future.

When it comes to GPU acceleration, some programs are significantly better with one or the other manufacturer. For instance, I believe Blender can only utilize Nvidia GPUs.

What's your overall budget and where are you buying from? UK? Brazil?
    
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Thanks for the reply MisterFred, as for budget...well I really don´t have a exact clue but I wanted to spend around 600£.

I live and work in germany (at the moment) so I´ll be ordering from Amazon.Uk, maybe I´ll buy the case in some local stores, but the most of it will come from Amazon Uk.

I was going to place a list using newegg, since most people here use it, but the prices really differ from US to Europe to make a comparison.
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Like MisterFred said, unlike games, for work your applications will guide your hardware.

What specific applications are you going to use?
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I decided to recommend a Xeon E3-1245v3. It's basically an i7-4770 that's cheaper than usual (4 haswell cores w/hyperthreading for 8 threads). For what you're doing it should perform roughly equal to an overclocked fx-8350. But you don't have to overclock, you can use quick sync when you want to, & it should be quieter & cooler.

CPU: Haswell Xeon - 275
http://www.alternate.de/Intel(R)/Intel(R)+Xeon(R)_Prozessor_E3-1245V3,_CPU/html/product/1063413/?

CPU Cooler: Stock cooler - 0

Asrock B85m mobo - 65
http://www.alternate.de/ASRock/ASRock+B85M,_Mainboard/html/product/1081140/?

2x8gb Adata RAM - 115
http://www.alternate.de/ADATA/ADATA+DIMM_16_GB_DDR3-1600_Kit,_Arbeitsspeicher/html/product/1075328/?

Fractal Design Core 1000 - 35 (mATX only!)
http://www.alternate.de/Fractal_Design/Fractal_Design+Core_1000_USB_3.0,_Gehaeuse/html/product/1048084/?

XFX 450w - 45 (higher quality than the corsair)
http://www.alternate.de/XFX/XFX+450W_Core_Edition_V2_Full_Wired_(Bronze),_Netzteil/html/product/924186/?

Sandisk 128gb SSD - 76
http://www.alternate.de/Sandisk/Sandisk+SSD_2,5_128_GB/html/product/1017391/?

GTX 650ti - 118
http://www.alternate.de/Gainward/Gainward+Geforce_GTX_650_Ti,_Grafikkarte/html/product/1035860/?
-Though I should reiterate again that you should double-check if AMD radeon cards are compatible with the programs you use. If they are, they're WAY better for rendering.
Radeon 7790 - 125
http://www.alternate.de/SAPPHIRE/SAPPHIRE+HD7790,_Grafikkarte/html/product/1073699/?tk=7&lk=8400

700 pounds = 800+a bit euro.
Total: ~730 euro, leaving you some room for a hard drive, or whatever.
    
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Originally Posted by RushiMP View Post

Like MisterFred said, unlike games, for work your applications will guide your hardware.

What specific applications are you going to use?

The usual rendering and modeling programs, Autodesk´s 3DS Max and AutoCAD + Photoshop + Blender + Vray, and some others but those are the major ones

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Originally Posted by MisterFred View Post

I decided to recommend a Xeon E3-1245v3. It's basically an i7-4770 that's cheaper than usual (4 haswell cores w/hyperthreading for 8 threads). For what you're doing it should perform roughly equal to an overclocked fx-8350. But you don't have to overclock, you can use quick sync when you want to, & it should be quieter & cooler.

CPU: Haswell Xeon - 275
http://www.alternate.de/Intel(R)/Intel(R)+Xeon(R)_Prozessor_E3-1245V3,_CPU/html/product/1063413/?

CPU Cooler: Stock cooler - 0

Asrock B85m mobo - 65
http://www.alternate.de/ASRock/ASRock+B85M,_Mainboard/html/product/1081140/?

2x8gb Adata RAM - 115
http://www.alternate.de/ADATA/ADATA+DIMM_16_GB_DDR3-1600_Kit,_Arbeitsspeicher/html/product/1075328/?

Fractal Design Core 1000 - 35 (mATX only!)
http://www.alternate.de/Fractal_Design/Fractal_Design+Core_1000_USB_3.0,_Gehaeuse/html/product/1048084/?

XFX 450w - 45 (higher quality than the corsair)
http://www.alternate.de/XFX/XFX+450W_Core_Edition_V2_Full_Wired_(Bronze),_Netzteil/html/product/924186/?

Sandisk 128gb SSD - 76
http://www.alternate.de/Sandisk/Sandisk+SSD_2,5_128_GB/html/product/1017391/?

GTX 650ti - 118
http://www.alternate.de/Gainward/Gainward+Geforce_GTX_650_Ti,_Grafikkarte/html/product/1035860/?
-Though I should reiterate again that you should double-check if AMD radeon cards are compatible with the programs you use. If they are, they're WAY better for rendering.
Radeon 7790 - 125
http://www.alternate.de/SAPPHIRE/SAPPHIRE+HD7790,_Grafikkarte/html/product/1073699/?tk=7&lk=8400

700 pounds = 800+a bit euro.
Total: ~730 euro, leaving you some room for a hard drive, or whatever.


Many many Thanks MisterFred, didn´t even knew that website, going to check out all those parts there and start a order, maybe just get a bigger case, for better cooling, but the rest sounds great thumb.gif
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The Xeon can't be overclocked, so you shouldn't need better cooling. That said, nothing wrong with getting the case you want.
    
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