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Or would you go for Ti. What would you look for in graphic cards for real-time feedback? Right now they seem crazily overpriced, but if the performance is on par with the price, who knows! AMD — Threadripper X 3.
Crucial — MX GB 2. Seagate — Barracuda 2TB 3. Would you agree with the items listed above? I can only purchase on Amazon. I realize I have changed the build and asked you about it many times now… But I will be ordering in the next few days and I would really like to get the best bang for the buck. Alex, Great write up!! This is perfect for what I needed. I changed a few things https: I also like the look of this MB https: Hey Fro, Thats a solid build!
What would your main task be on this PC? I see you have added a nice Soundcard to the list. Alex, The main use will be C4D. Rendering high res stills and short movies. I do like to make music in my spare time. So I thought I would put a nice SC. This will be my 1st PC build. Is this motherboard acceptable? I think I want an all white build and I like the way this looks. If you want to go for a white build this is quite a nice selection of white parts, most of them I tried to keep as close as I could to your part list: Depending on what recommendation you get on the number of graphics card you may want to consider going for a higher wattage PSU originally to allow you to expand in the future.
Assuming the room that this PC will be running in is fairly cool with decent airflow you should be fine with an AIO such as the one you added and let the graphics card run air cooled. The motherboard is very expensive compared to black alternatives, but it will work just as well as any other if you want to pay the premium for the color.
The MHz difference is unlikely to cause any major performance losses. I need to ask you, though, can you give some advice in which the best combo for both Revit modeling not rendering and 3DMax would be? I guess that maybe using the selected items in this post would perform an excellent workflow..
I was wondering if you were able to help. Firstly, which CPU would you recommend for fast render speeds in Cinema and After effects and optimal workflow? Also I have concerns over cooling.
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Initially I was looking at getting water coolant combined with a few fans, however am unsure as to whether this is the right route as complications can arise and obviously the upkeep. Should I consider purely air cooling or the hybrid? What would you recommend? I am fairly new to all of this but a friend of mine who knows a fair amount about computers is helping me, but any advice on anything would be much appreciated!
Hey Sophie, Unfortunately there is no one build thats suits all the use cases. Optimally you would have a max clocked CPU with lots of cores and supporting lots of pcie-lanes on mainboards that have dozents pci-e slots. As this is not possible, we have to find the best compromise in hardware parts. Or get two or more PCs. One for working and one for rendering, which is a great solution if you have the money. These unfortunately come with the tradeoff of having only 16 pcielanes.
Not sure yet if the upcoming i9 K will have more pcie-lanes. C4D will thank you with fast Viewport speeds and the new AE and PP versions unfortunately have bad multi-core support to make any use of lots of cores. As for your components, they all look good, apart from the x chipset on an AM4 board? Not sure what is up with that. X usually is threadripper socket. The threadrippers have great value, and new Versions are coming out at the moment. There is the factor of upkeep and transportation which will be more difficult than with a plain old air cooling soluttion though.
Your choice if it is worth it. I have a second threadripper build with 4x tis stacked on top of each other and they run fine on air cooling. Hey Alex is there anywhere that I may be able to finance this build entirely rather than purchasing them all separate? Also there are some companies that will buy the items for you and allow you to pay them back over time but all of these options tend to be more expensive overall.
I wrote few questions for you in another topic, but now i want to ask your opinion. How slower second option in viewport? Also, can you advice MoBo and cooling for this options? Or maybe advice other options. Many thanks in advance. Hey Max, Both are great Builds. The only difference being, that the tis have more vram 11 vs 8gb. As for the CPU, both have a great single core cinebench score https: Then again it has more pcielanes, making it possible to run more gpus at higher speeds.
If you are leaning towards getting great gpu power for rendering or upgrading lateron maybe Threadripper X would be a good option, as the Threadrippers have even more pcielanes than the X 64 pcielanes. Currently most of the 3xx Intel chipsets are being bios updated by all major Mainboard manufacturers, so they will even be upgradeable for future i7 9xxx cpus, that will be showing up in the next 2 months or so.
The choice is yours. It kind of depends on if you will need more gpu power in the future than 4 tis can deliver. If you think that will last you for a couple of years, great! If not, go with the tis and get 2 more if you have some solid jobs trickling in. I have had great experience with asus and msi, though gigabyte, asrock and others are great too. Best to check out the manuals. Hey Alex, thanks for all the information.
Every now and then I do animation work but the bulk workload is still images. Based on your information I was looking at getting: But reading on, I may need a second graphic card for the monitor? Will getting another one be worth it? I mainly use online render farms to render my images as I render them out in poster size 60cm x 90cm as my current setup takes about 12 hours to render a 2k image of these, but if I were able to do that with a setup at home that would save me money.
I understand this is going to cost me, but its worth it to me if it all runs smoothly. A second or more card is great if you think you will be rendering a lot and have to keep working simultaneously since some scenes slow the computer down considerably and if you think about it, this is how it should be, since you would want the renderer use as much resources as possible.
A second PC just for rendering of course would be best, but that is a luxury for many. Or using an online renderfarm. But having your own render hardware pays for itself after a few projects. Having 4 tis cost somewhat more, but after a few projects I am basically only paying for power cost. They are somewhat more expensive, but worth it.
If you render lots of Hires images maybe you would even want to look at 4K monitors. The RAM modules in a Kit are tested to work well together. No need to get a Titan X, the TI will give you the best performance currently for that price. But if you need the hardware now, get it now! Thanks for the heads up Alex. Will keep you up to date with my progress! Hey Alex, me again! As I am looking at definitely getting another GPU soon, potentially a 3rd and 4th in the future next 12 months , should I be looking at a motherboard that can support this from the start?
Also, thread ripper chips run at lower clock speeds meaning that in some applications they will underperform so make sure you go for a sufficient clock speed and preferably it would be unlocked. You have to make sure that your power supply can handle up to 4 cards if as well.
Might stick to the original setup, made some modifications, what do you think? Hey Aymeric, Good setup too. It will CPU Render faster though. Go take a look at the Cinebench Single Core Scores here to see how those two compare: With the new ik leaked to be released early October, you would be well off to wait and get that 8 cores, 16 threads, 5GHz turbo , definitely go for a PSU over W as the ti is a power hungry card.
That triple radiator cooler is a great choice, giving you great OC options. So if you can hold off for a few months, the new Intel CPUs will be great for you, otherwise, the k or k offer the best per core performance on the market which you want to look for with C4D. There are plenty of OC guides online that you can follow and with such a beefy radiator you can push it quite hard. If you plan on adding another card to this build without doing a full replacement id recommend going up to an W or higher PSU such as the rmx.
Hope this all helps. I mostly make architectural renders and occasionally walk-through animations.
I only have the option to buy from amazon Would this do the job? Do I need to buy anything else in order to assemble the pc? Thank you for your time and effort. I will be very grateful if you reply. After further searching and some help,this is another type of build. Asrock Z Extreme4 Case: Hey zaNyyy, This is a great build. I am about to order the parts in the next few days.
I have come up with these two builds the only difference is in the GPU. And do you have any advice about monitors, I am thinking of buying a monitor with the leftover and a bit more money from the cheaper GPU. If your workload benefits from GPU performance and you can afford it, the would be better. Hello, Thanks for the article. What do you think of this configuration? Intel i7 k 8th Gen Motherboard: Gigabyte Z Aorus Gaming 7 Ram: Toshiba 2TB Case Fan: Masterwatt Bronz Case: Keep in mind there will be new CPUs and Mainboards in a few weeks or so.
Might want to wait for those, or get the older generation when the prices come down. Hi PJ, Those parts are great! Working and rendering on a GPU at the same time can sometimes lag. It depends on the render engine and the scene type. Hi PJ, The problem is, the card the monitor is attached to, is the card that will calculate your viewport updates.
If you get two faster gpus, then yes this would be better. You can work fast and when you are not working you can have both cards render. Hi Alex, thank you for a wonderfully detailed article. I am switching from mac to PC for the first time in 20 years. Could you have a look at this parts build I made based off your article? I am a bit surprised at how cheap this is coming out to be in a great way.
I just went freelance after being staff for years… Up until now, I have been using a Mac at home, but I now need a proper set up to work from home. So I have questions about that… Is 64 gb enough to work with? Or will I have to make a major upgrade sooner than later?
Also, I have a question about Octane 4. At the moment it is all I can afford, but is it better to plan my build to have the option to have 4GPUS and gb or ram? Would the free version of Octane still work? Here are the options I came up with so far… Option K: Do you have suggestions on parts for a more budget-friendly workstation? The thing i am struggling with the most is the ram, can i use mhz DDr4 or should i really go higher?
Here is my parts list so far…. Check the Motherboard Manual you are willing to get, it usually has some info on Quad Memory Configuration support. I was wondering about the exact same thing just like so many consumers at some point in time I guess still a few days ago. First, a fair point I realized when reading some threads on odforce forums http: Any advice here is much appreciated, as I am new to the visuals world and have only really worked in Resolume on a macbook lol. Future More Mobile Rig? Among other things, the i9 is notably more expensive than the i7 but seems to bring proportionally more rendering speed on the table which may still be welcome even if not the main objective.
The i7 and i9 both are about equal in single-core performance on turbo boost with the Threaripper being a bit slower Cinebench Single. As for increasing AE Rendering speeds on Image sequences, try using a rendermanager such as Deadline to render multiple frames at once, as in the old days of After Effects, if you are not already doing so. However, the private slave network may also have a large and shared file server that stores global persistent data, accessed by the slaves as needed.
A special purpose node DEGIMA cluster is tuned to running astrophysical N-body simulations using the Multiple-Walk parallel treecode, rather than general purpose scientific computations. Due to the increasing computing power of each generation of game consoles , a novel use has emerged where they are repurposed into High-performance computing HPC clusters. Another example of consumer game product is the Nvidia Tesla Personal Supercomputer workstation, which uses multiple graphics accelerator processor chips.
Besides game consoles, high-end graphics cards too can be used instead. The use of graphics cards or rather their GPU's to do calculations for grid computing is vastly more economical than using CPU's, despite being less precise. However, when using double-precision values, they become as precise to work with as CPU's and are still much less costly purchase cost.
Computer clusters have historically run on separate physical computers with the same operating system. With the advent of virtualization , the cluster nodes may run on separate physical computers with different operating systems which are painted above with a virtual layer to look similar. An example implementation is Xen as the virtualization manager with Linux-HA. As the computer clusters were appearing during the s, so were supercomputers. One of the elements that distinguished the three classes at that time was that the early supercomputers relied on shared memory.
To date clusters do not typically use physically shared memory, while many supercomputer architectures have also abandoned it. However, the use of a clustered file system is essential in modern computer clusters. PVM must be directly installed on every cluster node and provides a set of software libraries that paint the node as a "parallel virtual machine". PVM provides a run-time environment for message-passing, task and resource management, and fault notification.
MPI emerged in the early s out of discussions among 40 organizations.
Rather than starting anew, the design of MPI drew on various features available in commercial systems of the time. The MPI specifications then gave rise to specific implementations. One of the challenges in the use of a computer cluster is the cost of administrating it which can at times be as high as the cost of administrating N independent machines, if the cluster has N nodes. When a large multi-user cluster needs to access very large amounts of data, task scheduling becomes a challenge. In a heterogeneous CPU-GPU cluster with a complex application environment, the performance of each job depends on the characteristics of the underlying cluster.
When a node in a cluster fails, strategies such as " fencing " may be employed to keep the rest of the system operational. There are two classes of fencing methods; one disables a node itself, and the other disallows access to resources such as shared disks. For instance, power fencing uses a power controller to turn off an inoperable node.
The resources fencing approach disallows access to resources without powering off the node. Load balancing clusters such as web servers use cluster architectures to support a large number of users and typically each user request is routed to a specific node, achieving task parallelism without multi-node cooperation, given that the main goal of the system is providing rapid user access to shared data.
However, "computer clusters" which perform complex computations for a small number of users need to take advantage of the parallel processing capabilities of the cluster and partition "the same computation" among several nodes. Automatic parallelization of programs continues to remain a technical challenge, but parallel programming models can be used to effectuate a higher degree of parallelism via the simultaneous execution of separate portions of a program on different processors.
The development and debugging of parallel programs on a cluster requires parallel language primitives as well as suitable tools such as those discussed by the High Performance Debugging Forum HPDF which resulted in the HPD specifications. Application checkpointing can be used to restore a given state of the system when a node fails during a long multi-node computation. Checkpointing can restore the system to a stable state so that processing can resume without having to recompute results.
Linux Virtual Server , Linux-HA - director-based clusters that allow incoming requests for services to be distributed across multiple cluster nodes. Although most computer clusters are permanent fixtures, attempts at flash mob computing have been made to build short-lived clusters for specific computations.
However, larger-scale volunteer computing systems such as BOINC -based systems have had more followers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with data cluster or computer lab. For the journal, see Cluster Computing journal. History of computer clusters.
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