Hi there I’ve been toying idea of building an Art workstation.
I’m currently in the middle of trying to do designs for a game I’ve been working on.
I use only blender for modeling and plan on using the blender game engine.
For texturing I use Photoshop
And for Character and set designs I use a program called Manga Studio (I like the line art quality much more than PS)
For my tablet monitor I use a program called Lazy Nezumi Pro to smooth out my line art.
I would love to move to Linux but neither of those last two programs work on it.
The specs for my current PC are:
Asus Sabertooth MB
32 gb ram
128 gb ssd
1 tb internal hd
4 tb external hd
asus strix gtx 980
What I’m looking at:
ASRock X99M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard or Asus X99-M WS Micro ATX LGA2011-3
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (I will upgrade to a full 64 gb in the future)
Mushkin Atlas Vital 480GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive
2x Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX
Budget is $2000 to $3000 and I will be reusing the 980 in my current system for the new. And replacing that 980 with a 390x which will not be figured in the budget for the new system.
This is the first time I’ll be building a task specific PC. Usually I just go with the lowest price fastest system I can build.
I have done a lot of research before choosing the parts I have. But I wanted to hear an opinion from experience.
What I was wondering was for what I’m describing does this sound like a good system for what I’ll be doing.
I’ve heard from sources that single thread performance is more important for single thread modeling. Is that true?
If so is there a better processor for this build.
I know that AMD cards are now working with cycles rendering. (Yes I know that cycles is not used in the blender game engine but I still like to render some of my work.) Does any one have any experience with this? Might it be a better idea to go with AMD for this workstation or stick with Nvidia?
Also Work station graphics cards are they honestly worth it. I’ve been looking into the FirePro w7100 does any one have any experience with this card?
Or would I just be wasting my money and should just make some minor upgrades to my current system. (building PCs is fun but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.)