Originally Posted by Tutoriael
Hi, I think I was supposed to post here,
My Last Post, I accidentally posted it in "off Topic"
But pretty much, my son is turning 18 in 23days, he uses Cinema 4d, Photoshop/etc, and I Really want to get a nice computer for him, He currently uses a amd dual core 5600, with like 3Gigabytes of ram or something.
I Want this to be a surprise, and I have 4,000$ Saved up... for him, I just wanted to come here to post because It seems like this message board is big and alot of people know what there doing, so Why not.
I work professionally with Cinema4D and Photoshop. I suggest outfitting it with at least 12GB of ram, ideally 24 GB. 3D animation can be one of the most machine intensive processes you can imagine. If I had a machine with 192GB of RAM I would surely manage to get that all filled up to a 100% in a matter of minutes.
This Cinema4D render took 12 GB of ram for instance:
He will fill that up believe me
Processing power is a hugely important factor too. I suggest at least a 980x system or even a SR2 build with dual Xeon 5650 processors.
Check out www.cbscores.com
to see how each processor scores on the Cinema4D speed test.
I'd say $4000 is too much for a machine, half of that will serve you well enough
I'd suggest an Intel 980x system with at least 24GB of RAM and a good graphics card like a GTX 580. Nvidia is more tightly knit with the 3D community driverwise. A GTX580 can also be used for realtime GPU rendering which is on the rise at the moment.
That also means a good 'backbone' is important. A powerful PSU like the Corsair AX1200 will do you much good in the long run. A Big case with lots of quiet fans is a huge plus too. For processor cooling I suggest a Corsair H70 with 2 good 120mm fans on there. The standard fans are noisy and crappy.
I think a system like this will serve him well. I personally work with a system a bit like it, it has never disappointed me in 3D and Photoshop work.
If you are serious about this I can provide you with a list of parts that is ideal for a 3D rendering workstation. It takes a bit of time to do this so that is why I ask