This topic is archival. More recent information can be found on the following links: The best processor for 3d rendering: June 2015 The best processor for working with computer graphics: June 2015 The best video card for 3ds Max: June 2015Very often, computer graphics specialists are faced with the problem of choosing the optimal computer configuration for their needs. We are asked a regular question, and which one to choose a computer for 3ds Max? That's why in this publication we decided to analyze the most successful PC assemblies, which are the best choice for the CG specialist. In particular, we have focused on the description of the computer for the CPU rendering, since from the workstation, such a computer differs only in a video card. As practice shows, with a new Nitrous viewport engine in 3ds Max, any modern video card will work perfectly in the price range from 80 to 120 USD. Therefore, you can choose it yourself. As for the CPU versus GPU rendering, RenderStuff specializes specifically in CPU rendering in V-Ray and the main emphasis is on the total system performance for building the so-called. Render-node.For the sake of simplicity of choice by non-specialists in computer hardware, the overclocking issue is deliberately missed: those who understand in overclocking can make appropriate adjustments to the PC configuration they purchase by themselves. In addition, the assemblies below do not take into account the cost of the case, because This is a very individual thing and absolutely does not affect the performance of the computer in any way. Motherboards, if possible, have minimal physical dimensions and support video output directly, without a discrete (separate) video card. As for RAM, for all the needs of 3d rendering, 8 Gb of RAM is enough. More memory is needed only for better responsiveness in Windows on the workstation, more RAM does not affect the rendering speed directly, and you can independently determine it based on the principle "the more - the better", and, of course, the size of your wallet.Budget Render-nodeDo you have a limited budget? Want to finally try yourself as a render farmer? You do not need to wait for the accumulation of a sky-high sum to buy a modern powerful render-horse, there are quite inexpensive options: 1 st place: The most affordable FX-8350 2 nd place: Record of coldness i7-3770 3 place: Energy-saving i7-4770Value for moneyWhy waste money? Need a large render-farm, you want to cleverly invest money? If you treat 3d visualization as a business, then only a dry, unbiased calculation of efficiency is meaningful. Assemblies of this category are the most rational acquisition for rendering: 1 place: Head of economy FX-8350 2 place: Modern leader i7-4770 3 place: Big Brother i7-3770Elite station wagon CGIf for you CG - not only work, but the whole life, you treat it as a hobby, then, beyond any doubt, you need only the best. You, as a successful specialist, can afford not to compromise, having received a super-productive render-node in one system and the most comfortable workstation in everyday use: 1 place: Top of the top i7-3930K 2 place: Single-threaded monster i7-4770 3 place: Old, but the remote i7-3770Without superfluous digressions from a theme, we will pass to a reality (if you, of course, of it any more did not make).Configuration up to $ 425The most budgetary and (more importantly) the most efficient configuration for distribution and network rendering. AMD has been releasing affordable processors for high-performance desktop PCs for a year now. Leadership price / performance as always for AMD, both in other and high power consumption.Pluses: Low total price Leader in price / performance ratioDisadvantages: Not very high total capacity Poor performance for single-threaded processes, as a consequence - the inability to convert to a workstation, where this is the most important parameter. Increased power consumption will require the replacement of the PSU with a more powerful one when the need for conversion into a workstation.PerformanceFX-83509086CPUAMD FX-8350 4GHz$ 197MBGigabyte GA-78LMT-S2$ 41CoolerDeepCool GAMMAXX S40$ 26RAMKingston DDR3-1333 8192MB$ 72PSUFSP Qdion QD400$ 25HDDToshiba 320GB 5400rpm 8MB 2.5 "$ 42CPU TDP125Amount, USD:$ 403Cost per unit of productivity:$ 44Comp. Power per unit of capacity:13.76Configuration up to $ 525Wonderful processor beginning of 2012. The most energy efficient processor, suitable for rendering. Installing a discrete graphics card in this configuration will instantly convert the render-node to a workstation, because low CPU consumption will not take care of buying a more powerful power supply.Pluses: Moderate cost Good efficiency at your price The ability to find a used processor, making the configuration more profitable Record low power consumption, heat dissipation, ideal for home renderer with limited wiring power High performance single core In view of the two previous advantages, a good configuration for conversion to a workstation.Disadvantages: The morally obsolete processor is inferior to its successor i7-4770 Overpay for the power of 1 core, which does not help in network rendering Relatively high power consumption in idle mode, which is not very good for a potential workstationPerformanceI7-37709425CPUIntel Core i7-3770$ 299MBGigabyte GA-H61M-S1$ 42CoolerDeepCool Iceedge 400FS.$ 21RAMKingston DDR3-1333 8192MB$ 72PSUFSP Qdion QD400$ 25HDDToshiba 320GB 5400rpm 8MB 2.5 "$ 42CPU TDP77Amount, USD:$ 501Cost per unit of productivity:$ 53Comp. Power per unit of capacity:8.17Up to $ 550 configurationA modern processor with the highest performance of a single core. The best choice for a render node with low power consumption. The best choice for a workstation.Pluses: Good price Very good efficiency at your price Low heat dissipation, low power consumption in idle mode Record performance of one core Among top desktops In view of the two previous advantages, the best configuration for conversion into a workstation.Disadvantages: Overpay for the power of 1 core, which does not help in network renderingPerformanceI7-47709990CPUIntel Core i7-4770$ 314MBGigabyte GA-H81M-S1$ 54CoolerDeepCool Iceedge 400FS.$ 21RAMKingston DDR3-1333 8192MB$ 72PSUFSP Qdion QD400$ 25HDDToshiba 320GB 5400rpm 8MB 2.5 "$ 42CPU TDP84Amount, USD:$ 528Cost per unit of productivity:$ 52Comp. Power per unit of capacity:8.41Configuration up to $ 575One of the most powerful AMD processors. 8 cores in the system will allow you to distribute the load very effectively, but the utility of such a distribution for network rendering is invisible. The rarity and high cost of related components, gluttony make this configuration irrational.Pluses: A powerful computer for AMD fansDisadvantages: Extremely high power consumption and heat dissipation Low total efficiency Dear motherboard It's hard to find and pay for a suitable cooler Unsuitable for conversion to a workstation: the power of one of the 8 cores of this processor is worse than the core of the processor three years agoPerformanceFX-93709755CPUAMD FX-9370 4.7GHz$ 244MBATX Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0$ 145CoolerCooler Master V8 GTS$ 111RAMKingston DDR3-1333 8192MB$ 72PSUFSP Qdion QD400$ 25HDDToshiba 320GB 5400rpm 8MB 2.5 "$ 42CPU TDP220Amount, USD:$ 639Cost per unit of productivity:$ 66Comp. Power per unit of capacity:22.55Configuration up to $ 775AMD's top processor, the best total performance in the range up to $ 400. It shares almost all the shortcomings of the previous nominee, since it is his "neighbor" in production. The leader of AMD for the autumn of 2013.Pluses: The best overall performance in a configuration of up to 800 USD Outperforms all Intel Core 4-core processorsDisadvantages: Unbelievably high power consumption and heat dissipation Dear motherboard It's hard to find and pay for a suitable cooler The meaninglessness of conversion to a workstation in view of the low power of a single corePerformanceFX-959010543CPUAMD FX-9590 4.7GHz$ 356MBATX Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0$ 145CoolerCooler Master V8 GTS$ 111RAMKingston DDR3-1333 8192MB$ 72PSUFSP Qdion QD400$ 25HDDToshiba 320GB 5400rpm 8MB 2.5 "$ 42CPU TDP220Amount, USD:$ 751Cost per unit of productivity:$ 71Comp. Power per unit of capacity:20.87
Configuration for ~ $ 1000The best base processor from Intel. No need to hunt for rare Extreme Edition, in the box you will find a very powerful 6-core processor. If you are a successful trideshnik, who can afford to pay an additional amount, but to know - I have one of the best modern processors, then this system is for you. This system is equally good for both distributive rendering, as well as for working in single-task applications.Pluses: The best total performance out of the box Good single core performance Adequate power consumptionDisadvantages: Very high price / performance ratio High cost of the processor: if you do not have enough money, you will have to waitPerformanceI7-3930K12098CPUIntel Core i7-3930K$ 577MBGigabyte GA-X79-UP4$ 285CoolerZalman CNPS10X Performa$ 31RAMKingston DDR3-1333 8192MB$ 72PSUFSP Qdion QD400$ 25HDDToshiba 320GB 5400rpm 8MB 2.5 "$ 42CPU TDP130Amount, USD:$ 1032Cost per unit of productivity:$ 85Comp. Power per unit of capacity:10.75Data sources are found in the links in the text. This rating is compiled as accurately as possible, but it is always worthwhile to check the relevance of the figures given. Be sure to consult the vendors for compatibility of the selected components. All calculations are relevant for October 17, 2013.Separately it is worth mentioning, the "paradox" of getting the same processor, for example, i7-4770, both in the budget and in the top configuration. It so happened that this "people's" processor actually has a performance, below which it is not worthwhile to buy a working system today, at the same time it has excellent energy consumption indicators, an acceptable price and, as it is not strange, quite satisfies the requirements for the "heart" of the Hi-End Configurations of the render node. We can safely recommend it as the most optimal acquisition for the modern needs of 3d.Also, do not forget the issue of power consumption, choosing the most optimal system for your needs. For example, our mini render-farm of 5 render-nodes with 125-watt processors, when fully loaded, "eats" about 100 USD of electricity monthly, so when choosing a render node, for commercial rendering, you can not discount the system's power consumption.We hope that this mini-guide will help you decide on the choice of a computer for 3ds Max😉
A great article, I want to thank you - I chose a PC for 3D rendering with my sister, I did not work with him once, I stopped on the 550 $ system on i7 4770 as taken as a basis.I wanted to pay my own five kopecks for the conversion of such a system into a workstation.MB1. choosing a motherboard - I wondered - am I going to use 2 or more monitors for work. The mother of the Gigabyte GA-H81M-S1 offered at the base of the assembly has only 1 D-SUB connector, which will allow connecting no more than 1 monitor. You will have to buy a separate video card or take a motherboard with several outputs.2. The mother is inexpensive and good, but not all the capacitors on it are solid-state, in simple language - when choosing a very poor case (and we are saving here on everything), it seems to me that the mother may fail in a year Two (electrolytic capacitors will be boiled)3. I prefer to use 4 memory slots, 8-pin power supply, so that the processor power supply stabilization was more than 2-phase (in the future up to 12), so that there were several connectors under the video card (to increase the maximum number of connected monitors)Chose Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H B85 Socket-1150 4xDDR3, 4xSATA3, 2xPCI-E16x, 4xUSB3.0, RAID, D-SUB, DVI, HDMI, GLAN, mATX, Retail at the price of $ 75Yes, more expensive, but more reliable in the long run.CPUI7-4770 as written above - a good stone for our tasksYou do not have to pay more, buying a modification with the "K" index, you will be able to overclock the Vryatli by more than 600 MHz, and overpayment for a more expensive mother and percents and RAM (probably), I think, will not justifyRAMI think that it's not worth using memory 1333 MHz, even if the proposed mother supports 1600 (yes, and the processor too) at almost the same priceFor my system I used a set of DIMM 16Gb 4x4Gb KIT DDR3 PC12800 1600MHz G.Skill RipjawsZ (F3-12800CL8Q-16GBZH) $ 148Scored all the slots with the amount of RAM that I most likely need(Do not be fooled thinking that you'll take a few hours, and after a month you'll buy - as soon as you buy it - so many will use, take the right amount at once, in the end - borrow money - through mesyatsok - ottain)HDD(In contrast to the render-node), I would not buy Toshiba 320GB 5400rpm 8MB 2.5 ", SSD is also not necessary, but take at least HDD with the required parameter of 7200rpm, but in general I advise it:3.5 "HITACHI Ultrastar A7K2000 HUA722010CLA330, 1000GB, HDD, SATA II$ 81 - Ultrastar hard disk is designed for use 24/7 365 days a year - you can take it for a reliable basis for the working disk and data store (in essence this disk is so steep that it can be used in servers - which it is oriented on)
At the expense of comments in the first post, I meant that there is a corresponding topic about SSD and questions should be asked in that topic, but nothing personal. Just guys follow the order on the site so that there is no confusion.Now on the case:From personal experience I can say that SSD is a cool thing for 3d max, and in general for any software and the system as a whole. And it is unnecessary to spend money on a large disk - it's enough for 90-120 GB. I will not praise him and tell him that after buying such a carrier you will not have a computer, but a rocket😁. Simply after using the archive disk and SSD for the needs of the system and Max'a, the feeling of performance gain is very tangible. This is so purely my feeling of using SSD.If you proceed from your needs, as a buyer and a person who has a limited budget, then in your place, I would still still not take revenge for an SSD drive, but bought a PC onboard with a regular archive disk - especially since you have to buy it Unambiguously, because SSD is not suitable for frequent recording and storage of all media files, as you could read in the above described topics. SSD pair with the archive disk primarily for the needs of the system and acceleration of the programs. At this stage, you can do without the SSD and better spend money on the maximum on the system, and the disk can always be bought😉.About the video card. Sam recently changed vidyuhu, my disappeared due to marriage, changed with a surcharge on the warranty on the GTX 660, before that used AMD. The price / quality justifies itself - the performance of the viewports standards and how not strange the bugs of the viewport that were with AMD have disappeared. I think that with the choice of vidyuhi you did not miss.
Machete.Ilya_sp rights, 3000 Baku for the system to work in CG is of course too. Of course, I do not deny the fact that it is possible to collect something very productive for such money-dwelling with several monitors, a good stuffing of the system man, various gadgets and manipulators for the convenience of work and the like😁.Last year, I collected a systemist based on the recommendation of this site (the beginning of the topic) and invested in 550-600 Baku, so it's the entire periphery, not just the system unit.Concerning your phrase: "what else should I focus on?"Again, I will answer not as a special in the assembly of computers and their components, tk. I myself am not. But if I were in your place and bought the system from scratch, the first thing I would not save is the processor, video card and monitor. I'm such a person that I do not really care about the look and details, I prefer simplicity of reliability and performance.In the store, give preference to the processor in the first place, well, the motherboard is already flowing out from the chosen prots, it's easier to save on the box, buy less RAM, for example, a minimum of 8 GB. Hard disk also does not make sense to buy a large capacity, the benefit of the Internet has saved users from storing unnecessary media files that I used to store on a computer before, like a fanatic, and there was always a need for GB memory😁.Well, the monitor. If you really want to work comfortably in 3d, then take a good monitor with a large diagonal.Separately, I would like to note the choice of power supply. Take on more powerful with a margin for the future.All on what you can save money as a result, you can buy / change over time, determine for yourself the criticality of these components and take it all to the maximum, on the rest of the economy. Successful purchase😉
Real price of A i7-5820K is near USD 500, at least in retail network in Ukraine . However, you definitely right. Taking less See Productive Now (3.3 GHz vs 3.2 GHz) i7-3930K , the no Makes Sense, since its' the retail price to still about USD 600+😉
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