Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017

2 May, 2017 Ilya
2 May, 2017 # Re: Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017

I'm limited in finances for choosing CPU 😒 Do I get Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz/8GT/s/6MB or an old AMD FX-8370 4GHz / 8MB, the machine is needed to work in the PS, 3dmax, zbrush ... Thanks for respond to my help "Cry" 🙂

 

Initially, I chose the following components:

Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz / 8GT / s / 6MB

Asus Prime B250M-A (s1151

Kingston DDR4-2133 16384MB PC4-17000

SSD Goodram CX200 120GB 2.5 "SATAIII TLC

Xilence Red Wing Series R7 600W

 

Maybe something is not appropriate .. honestly, I do not know 🙂 Thank you very much for your help!


2 May, 2017 Maks (Staff Author)
2 May, 2017 # Re: Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017

Ilya,

A single thread performance is the main criterion for workstation, so having lower budget choose Core i5-7500 or Core i3-7350K (for even better single-thread performance and economy). AMD FX-8370 is poor for work because of very slow single thread, poor for V-Ray rendering because of lacking Embree support, and is very hot watt-consuming guy.

Also, modern Core i*-7***s have great built-in graphics, definetely enough for many situations, yes, for 3ds Max as well.


2 May, 2017 Maks (Staff Author)
2 May, 2017 # Re: Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017

As for the overall configuration,

 

You will get no benefits from expensive Asus Prime B250M-A. You can take MB as cheap as 50 dollar ASRock H110M-DGS. We use two of them for i7-6700K and i7-6700. They work perfectly. Just make sure you seller or service company gives the latest firmware for supporting 7th generation Intels.

 

I had issues with my two GOODRAM SSDs, regular BSODs on entirely different PCs. Look for any Samsung. Also consider m.2 option if your motherboard supports it fully.

 

The i3 and i5 7th gen Intel rig without discrete graphics would need about 100 Watts. Modern high-end discrete grpahics take up 120-200W. Add some hundred spare hundred of watts.Why 600?? Only if there is a good price and getting less powerful PSU doesn't save any money. Excess PSU watts do not consume excess elecricity.

 


2 May, 2017 Ilya
3 May, 2017 # Re: Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017

Thank you! I have definitely decided on the choice of CPU. What about the type of memory DDR 4, "two-channel " mode, how many RAM sticks to take, and so on .. Does HyperX FURY worth its money? I do not insist on full description in any way, but I wanted to get your opinion, thank you. 🙂


2 May, 2017 Maks (Staff Author)
3 May, 2017 # Re: Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017

To this day there is no performance difference from RAM channels configuration. I would take 16GB stick to leave space in motherboard for future.

 

Despite the different big and mid files read-write speeds of SSDs, I haven't noticed any difference during real work. You may start 3dsMax for 20 seconds on the best SSD and do this for 23 seconds on the cheapest ones: that is not a difference really. Just make sure the SSD hasn't issues like making your OS restart, like with mine GoodRAMs. Regarding HyperX FURY specifically I'm not aware of, but I've used cheapest Kingston. It's perfectly fine.


2 May, 2017 Maks (Staff Author)
3 May, 2017 # Re: Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017

120-128 GB can be really enough for 3ds Max + Photoshop workstation, but you may run into discomfort of regular watching and dealing with low disk space for cache, dropbox/google drive, excess files in recycle bin and so on. 240-256GB is a preferred main storage capacity for workstation.


2 May, 2017 Ilya
5 May, 2017 # Re: Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017
  • Intel Core i7-7700K
  • Asus Z170-P (s1151, Intel Z170, PCI-Ex16) for overclocking ... sort of
  • Crucial DDR4-2400 8192MB PC4-19200 Ballistix Sport LT
  • Kingston HyperX Fury 120GB 2.5 "SATAIII MLC

How about this rig... I would like to take an advice on choosing cooling for this processor, maybe there is something save a budget on (not sure if possible 🙂).


2 May, 2017 Maks (Staff Author)
5 May, 2017 # Re: Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017

Hi Ilya,

As for the info from the Internet, the "easy" overclocking of i7-7700K would get you around 10% boost. The choosen Asus Z170-P is approximately as higher in price, as the easy overclocking potential of this PC.

The same coolers that are capable of keeping the noise low with the 95W CPU with full TurboBoost, would probably withstand the overclocking by going into noisier mode. I think, they are $40-$50 models like Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, Thermaltake Riing Silent, be quiet! Shadow Rock 2.

Not sure if you can really save any money here having the overclocking intent.

 

 


15 Aug, 2017 Toliand
15 Aug, 2017 # Re: Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017
And the render node is still relevant at 8350 to collect or already have other options?


2 May, 2017 Maks (Staff Author)
23 Aug, 2017 # Re: Choosing PC for 3ds Max and CG, 2017

Toliand,

Speaking about AMD FX-8350 and its neigbours, generic rendering, and the need in single node, it is still good. Its price is constantly adopting to the market to be most attractive.

But in any other situation, you may want to look on $200+ Ryzens.


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