Building a CAD/Rendering Tower


#1

I’m on the market for a new PC. MODO is my main boo these days, so I need CPU cores. Lots of CPU cores.

I do have interest in better GPU performance, and ultimately want to try Octane for some rendering tasks. So I’ll also want a pretty nice graphics card.

Xeon vs. i7? Pre-built vs build-it-yourself?


#2

I used this article as a starting point, and came up with these numbers.

A rippin’ fast PC for $2500? Not bad.


#3

This is more about the case and process than the rendering horsepower, but have you seen this media PC custom build?


#4

Ha! That is an insane amount of work. I will not be doing that :slight_smile:

But definitely inspiring. I’ve been making progress on my part list. Sticking with the Xeon, but I’ve switched motherboards, RAM, and case. Should be a good machine for under $3k.


#5

A dual Xeon for that price. Awesome.


#6

It’s a quad, nunchucker.


#7

You kiss your baby with those fingers? Four Xeons/two motherboards? Beasty. Those heatsinks are gonna take up half the box.


#8

Just one quad motherboard. Found a server board that has it. https://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon/C600/X9QRi-F_.cfm